Mysore Palace is one of the magnificent structures in the city. It lists at the top when one thinks about Mysore Tourism. Ask anybody the list of places to see in Mysore and the answer will be obvious. Pronounced as Mysuru Aramane in Kannada, the original name is the Amba Vilas Palace.
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas Palace) – ಮೈಸೂರು ಅರಮನೆ
Visitors can have a glimpse of the palace. The entry fee for an adult is Rs. 50 and the children below 10 years go in free of cost. I am not sure about any other discounted prices.
Krishna Raja Wodeyar IV
The palace has seen tremendous changes in both administration and maintenance since last two decades. I did not even know that the entry to the palace was not from the main gate but from the Varaha Gate.
Temple in the Palace premises
When you are visiting the Mysore Palace, ensure to hit the ticket counter after breakfast so that you can complete your exploration before lunch and head to one of the best restaurants in Mysore.
View from inside the Mysore Palace
We reached the palace main gate at around 1 pm, and parked the vehicle in the vacant land facing the palace and the exhibition ground. I suppose this property serves as a backup parking space for the visitors to Mysore Zoo as well. The zoo is quite a long walk from here.
Inside Mysore Palace
Remember Mysore is a tourist destination. If you are new to the place, do not fall prey to the conmen. I encountered at least three people offering services for money or misleading us in some or other way.
As I got down from the car, an auto driver offered me to drop us to the palace gate. I was wondering what made him think that I would pay him to drop us in front of the gate that was right in front of us. He explained to us that the entry point was from other gate (Varaha Gate) and not from the main gate. I rejected the offer, as I wanted to spend some time in front of the main gate and later walk towards the Varaha gate to buy the tickets.
If you are going by car, head to the Varaha gate where the parking space is available. If this space is full, the security will direct you to the open space in front the main gate.
“If you want to explore Amba Vilas (Mysore Palace) you got to do lots of walking”
As I entered the Palace, the first thing I noticed was a huge crowd struggling to deposit their footwear in the counters. You cannot go inside the palace with your footwear. You have to leave your footwear in the counter and get a token after paying Rs. 2. Safeguard the token because you will end up paying fine if you do not show it while claiming your footwear back.
During the weekends, the footfalls are more to the palace and depositing the footwear in the counter is a project.
Do not carry your cameras. If the security finds you with the camera, he will show you to the camera deposit counter. I saw some visitors managed to get their DSLRs inside the palace but were never able to use it.
View from inside Mysore Palace
The good thing is you can carry your smartphone and capture infinite number of photographs and nobody will question you. I captured all the photographs in this post with my Samsung J7 NXT.
What is there inside the Mysore Palace?
The Mysore Palace is all about antiques. Everything you see is invaluable, all belonging to the royal families who ruled Mysuru once.
Some of them I remember was the statues of Hindu gods made out of silver and bronze, cannons used during those periods, doors carved out of ivory, silver doors, several caskets presented to the king from the neighbouring kingdoms, life size wall paintings mostly showing the procession of the armies of the then Mysore kingdom.
In one of the rooms, there were life size portraits of the members of the royal family and other eminent personalities. There were priceless chairs made out of silver and glass. I even saw a big door made out of pure silver. There was the howdah made out of gold weighing about 750kgs.
There was this elephant mounted on the wall, made out of original elephant skin that kings hunted down in the Bandipur forests. (When hunting was legal during those days)
Elephants inside the Amba Vilas Palace Complex
You will need at least an hour to explore the palace. Moreover, the visitors tend to stagnant in one place busy taking selfies every other step. The effects of this will only pass to the other visitors.
After completing our exploration inside the palace, we exited to the footwear stand and succeeded in getting our footwear back in few minutes. Thankfully, the token was with me and I never got a chance to pay the fine.
There was another board showing direction to the Mysore Palace Residential Wing. Now what is this? More to see?
As we walked towards the residential wing, we came across the camels and elephants stationed there. The entry fee for the Mysore Palace Residential Wing was Rs. 45 and there seemed to be no concession to the children. I was running out of time and too hungry to move on, so decided to explore this part of Mysore Palace some other day.
If you plan to check out only the residential Wing, you can do so without getting in to the palace.
Read the history about Mysore Palace in Wikipedia.