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#7 of 250 Places To Visit in Mysore
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T. Narsipura Road, Mysore, Karnataka, 570011, India
entry fee
per person entry fees
All days of the week
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
visit duration
2 to 3 hours

about lalitha mahal palace

The second largest palace in Mysore,  Lalitha Mahal Palace lies very close to the Chamundi Hills. The architecture of this striking white palace is inspired by the St. Paul's Cathedral in London. It was built by the Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, for the exclusive stay of the Viceroy of India and later converted into a royal guesthouse when the king was entertaining European guests.

Lalitha Mahal Palace is the brainchild of E.W. Fritchley and was constructed by B Munivenkatappa. The overall architecture resembles somewhat an Italian palazzo, crossed with an English manor house. The support structure for this two storeyed mansion are ionic double columns. Spherical domes surrounding the central dome, and the extended porch add to looks of the building. The interiors are equally impressive with stained glass used in windows, ceilings and doors, Italian marble floors and staircases, crystal chandeliers from Belgium, full length royal portraits of  the Wodeyar kings, and Persian carpets.

A special mention goes to the dance room, banquet hall and the viceroy's room which have still been maintained in their original glory, but presently used as dining rooms or conference halls. One can get splendid views of the Chamundi Hills and the Mysore city from the balconies. The palace was converted into a 5-star heritage hotel in 1974 by Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC). Staying here will surely give you a taste and feel of a royal lifestyle. One of the earlier technicolour films of the 1950s India cinema, 'Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje' was shot at this palace.

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1 Lalitha Mahal Palace review
Tahseen Yaseen
Tahseen Yaseen
Jun 28 2014
Lalitha Mahal Palace is one of the largest and beautiful palace.This palace is totally magical.The big lush green park in Front of this palace make it Extra-Special.This is a White palace and looks Killer in The Day light.