The Amba Vilas Palace, often referen as the 'Mysore Palace' located in the heart of Mysore City is the main palace and the prime tourist attraction. However Mysore has many other palaces worth visiting...
Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas):
Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion:
Lalitha Mahal Palace:
Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, the Maharaja of Mysore built this palace in 1921 for the exclusive stay of the then Viceroy of India. And later as residence for the european guests to the erstwhile mysore state. In 1974 this was converted into a heritage hotel.
India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) operates the upscale heritage hotel in Lalitha Mahal Palace. It's at a short drive from the foothills of Chamundi. From Chamundi Hilltop you can see this pure white palace protruding in the otherwise green swatches of its foothill planes.
In size the Lalitha Mahal Palace is second only to the Amba Vilas Palace.The whole thing speaks volumes of the political circumstances prevailed during those days as well as the richness of the mysore as a capital city.
Rajendra Vilas Palace: The Rajendra Vilas palace is located on top of Chamundi Hills. The palace is owned by the royal family. During its functional days, it served as the summer retreat. Access to public is restricted as it is a private property. Rajendra Vilas Palace is one of the important heritage structures in Mysore city.
Karanji Mansion: Located in Nazarbad area of the city, this 32 acre campus now houses the Postal Training Center. It costed the royal family close to 4 lakh rupees to construct in the 1910's. Construction started in 1902 and completed in 1914.
Half a century later, the mansion was sold to the postal department to develop into a training center. Apart from the training center, the Karanji Mansion campus also house the recently opened Postal Museum, one of the few such museums in the country.
Cheluvamba Mansion: Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV built this mansion for the third princess of Mysore, Cheluvajammanni. Currently this mansion and the sprawling campus houses Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI). General access to public is restricted as the institute is functioning inside the campus.