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Mysore Palace

 
Mysore Palace is the most attractive monument of the Mysore city. It was the residence of the Wodeyar Maharaja and is also known as Amba Vilas. It is located in the heart of the Mysore city. The original palace was made up of wood, which turned down into ash in 1897. The British architect, Henry Irwin designed the palace in Indo-Saracenic, Oriental, Dravidian and Roman style. It was rebuilt in 1912. The palace is a treasure house of artworks and exquisite carvings. 
Mysore Palace is also popularly known as the Maharaja's Palace. It is a three-storey beautiful building built with fine gray granite and rich pink marble domes. The entry to the palace is from the 'Gombe Thotti' or the Doll's Pavilion. It is a gallery of traditional dolls. This collection also includes a wooden elephant howdah. Howdah in Indian parslance means a structure for carrying people on the elephant. The elephant gate with the Mysore royal symbol of a double-headed eagle is the main entrance to the center of a palace. The 'Kalyana Mantapa' which means marriage pavilion, has a central gabled roof. This roof is covered with stained glass with attractive peacock motifs. The floor is made of glittering glazed tiles imported from Britain. 
The Diwan-e-Aam (Durbar Hall) of Mysore Palace is situated on the second floor. It has ornamented ceiling, a shining floor and sculptured pillars. The paintings describing eight manifestations of the Goddess of Strength and scenes from the epics are displayed here. On the same floor towards south is Diwan-e-Khas (hall for private audience). It has finely carved doors and beautiful stained glass ceiling. The walls and ceiling are designed with blue, red and gold colors.

Jaganmohan Palace

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Jaganmohan Palace, in Mysore is one of the oldest buildings in Mysore. This Palace is more that 150 years old. Like the Mysore Palace this Palace too is a beautiful and ornamental Palace built by the Kings of Mysore. In the 150 years of its existence this Palace has witnessed a number of important events that have been instrumental in shaping the destiny of the modern State of Mysore today known as Karnataka. This Palace was built in 1861 and was initially an ornate wooden one and was being used by the Royal family when a fire destroyed it in 1897. 
The Royal family lived in this palace till the main Mysore Palace was built. The coronation of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV was held here in 1902. The then Viceroy and Governor-General of India, Lord Curzon, attended this ceremony. At the time of the wedding of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, the ornamental front portion with a hall was added to the main building and is therefore called the Wedding Pavilion. The wedding pavilion was also used as the Dubar Hall where Krishanraja Wodeyar IV held his annual birthday and the Dasara Durbars till the completion of the new Sejje or Durbar Hall in the main Palace in 1910. 
The pavilion was used, as the venue for the Representative Assembly after 1923, a democratic institution consisting of the people's representative to deliberate on the affairs of the state, this representative assembly was the first of its kind in a princely state, an arrangement made by the Mysore Maharajas. Initially the convocation ceremonies of the Mysore University were held in this attractive hall. The hall was also used as an auditorium for staging plays and other cultural activities for the members of the royal family. Many important meetings and sessions were held in this hall till alternative venues came up in the city.
 

Lalitha Mahal

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rai ranchodjiLalitha Mahal On a low hill, just outside the royal city of Mysore, stand a shimmering white palace - a splendid Italianate palazzo, double-columned and domed - set in sparawling terraced and landscaped gardens. This is the Lalitha Mahal Palace, built by the erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore to host his most important guest, the Viceroy of India. The Lalitha Mahal is now one of India's most opulent hotels, a palace hotel that offers an experience of princely living in a real Maharaja's palace.

Set on a ridge commanding a panoramic view of the gently sloping and curving valley, at the foot of the Chamundi hill, this dream-like palace was built in the year 1931 for special guests of the Maharajas. The building is a majestic, two-storey composition of twin ionic columns, a projecting porch on the ground floor, spherical domes with laterns and the central dome which dominates the elevation.

Karanji Lake

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Karanji Lake, This lake is located at the bottom of the Chamundi hills and is close to the center of the city. This lake is spread over 90 acres and is home to more than 90 species of resident and migratory birds. The lake also has India's largest walkthrough aviary. The lake has boating facilities that are available on all days except Tuesday. On the banks of the Karanji lake is the Regional Museum of Natural History. With the Chamundi hills as a backdrop makes the lake look picture perfect. The lake and its surroundings allow you to appreciate nature and the Regional Museum that is adjacent to the lake, will help you increase you knowledge about the natural environment in South India and will help you understand the importance of conservation of nature. The lake has a bund on which you can take refreshing walk.
 

Tipu Sultan's Palace in Srirangapatna

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rai ranchodjiTipu Sultan's Palace in Srirangapatna, Daria Daulat Bagh (Summer Palace) of Tipu Sultan was constructed in the year 1784 and is an extant reminder of Tipu's love for the verdant environs and open space. Daria Daulat Bagh was his summer palace where the exhausted Tipu sought repose after his physically and mentally draining confrontations with the British. Teak wood is used in its construction and the structure stands on a raised platform that is about 1.5 meters high. The palace has a corridor that runs along its four sides with narrowing lotus-form wooden pillars with trefoil arches at the edges of the footstall. The pillars made of wood that support the trefoil arches lead to halls that have interesting paintings on the walls. These mural paintings are characterized by their macabre details of Tipu's ordeals in the battlefields in Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace. The construction of the palace is said to be inspired by a palace in Sira built by the Moghul Governor Dilavar Khan. The palace is now no more. One remarkable feature about the palace is the amount of wood used in the constructions of its ceilings, walls, pillars, canopies and arches. These woods are very brightly and artistically painted too. While the outer walls of the building are devoted to war scenes and portrait paintings, the inner walls are graced with floral patterns and geometric designs. The summer palace doubles as the Tipu Sultan Museum that has a rare and priceless collection of coins, paintings and Tipu's personal belongings.