Mysore: Dazzling Lalitha Palace

Lalitha Mahal, Mysore
Lalitha Mahal, Mysore

The Lalitha Palace (Mahal, in Hindi) is situated in Mysore – about 143 kms (89 miles) from Bangalore, Karnataka in India.

This dazzling palace is just second in terms of size after the grand Mysore Palace in the entire state. Designed by E.W. Fritchley and constructed in 1931 for the Mysore Dynasty’s guests – its a wonderful two story structure (as documented). However, in 1974, this palace was converted to a heritage hotel. So, now you can stay here and witness its splendor first-hand.

Lalitha Mahal
Lalitha Mahal

It took around three hours for us to drive to the place, with a few stops in between. It had been on our list for quite sometime and we wanted to spend a complete day there – enjoying the majestic views.

Lavishly built – with a massive central dome, the numerous twin-pillars and the beautiful circular entrance hall – the palace exudes grandeur. The interiors of the structure are decorated with circular stairs, stately rooms, royal terraces and regal dancing floor. It fits the description of a palace built for royalty.

To add to that experience, there is a carriage ride available as well. And it took us by the manicured gardens – all around the palace, giving us a detailed view of the entire area. What a great way to see a historical place.

Lalitha Mahal
Lalitha Mahal

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4 thoughts on “Mysore: Dazzling Lalitha Palace

  1. I stayed in this hotel when I was touring southern India, and it really was gorgeous beyond belief. Really remarkable place to stay — and Karnataka is a fabulous place to vacation (though I loved Kerala and Tamil Nadu, also).

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