- Tudor style architecture
- Exquisitely carved wooden door panel
- Courtyard, Ballroom & Durbar hall
- Curved stairs and chandeliers
- Stained glass windows
- Colossal elephant head
- Tables made from elephant & deer legs
- Old weighing machine, refrigerator
- Spanish mosaic ottoman
- Historical photo gallery
- Raja Ravi Verma paintings
- Cannons and vintage coach
Bangalore Palacewas built in 1862 by Rev. Garrett, the first principal of the Central High School. British officials who were in charge of the education of young prince Chamaraja Wodeyar bought this palace in 1873 A.D. from him. Chamaraja Odeyar renovated it in 1887 to to look like a smaller replica of the Windsor Castle in England. The Palace and the grounds surrounding it are spread across 454 acres.
The main architecture of the palace is based on the Tudor style. In 1970, The property changed hands from Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar to Chamaraju Group in what was said to be a fraudulent transaction. Maharaja's only son Srikanta Datta Narsimharaja Wodeyar instituted civil suit and got back the main palace.The Government of Karnataka was making various attempts to confiscate the property. The dispute is pending before the Supreme Court till date. The palace was renovated by its owner and scion of the Mysore royal family : Srikanta Datta Narsimharaja Wodeyar, who expired on 10 December 2013.
The palace has many distinguished features like the Gothic windows, foiled windows, battlements and turrets. A gallery of nearly thousand historical photos, including those of viceroys, maharajas and other famous personalities. Interiors of the palace consist of floral motifs, cornices, moldings and relief paintings on its ceiling. A striking feature is usage of yellow as the predominant colour. An old weighing machine and a refrigerator are interesting artefacts.
The Palace Grounds are now venue for various exhibitions, concerts and cultural programs.
Location : Palace Road
Bus stops :
Mount Carmel college
Entry fee applicable
camera, video fee applicable
Audio guidance CD available