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At a distance of 4 km from Bangalore City Railway Station, Bangalore Place is situated in the heart of Bangalore city, near Sadashiv Nagar. Bangalore Place is one of the best palaces in South India. This is one of the best places to visit in Bangalore city.
The Palace was first built by Rev. J. Garrett, who was the first Principal of the Central High School in Bangalore, now known as Central College. Spread over an area of 454 acres, the construction of the palace was started in 1862 and completed in 1944. In 1887, it was bought by the then Maharaja of Mysore Chamarajendra Wodeyar X.
During a visit to England, Chamaraja Wodeyar was inspired by the Windsor Castle in London and along similar lines he built this palace in Tudor style. The Palace is famous for its elegantly carved woodwork. The interiors have awesome floral motifs, cornices, mouldings and relief paintings on its ceilings. Gothic windows, fortified towers, battlements and turrets lend a great degree of magnificence to the Bangalore Palace. There are 35 rooms in the palace, along with a manual lift. The inner walls of the palace are also decorated with paintings from 19th century.
The palace has a large open square courtyard with granite seats, a ballroom, the Durbar hall along with a number of paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, a dining table of the Diwan of Mysore, Sir Mirza Ismail, among the others. The Wodeyars were believed to be great hunters, and Jayachamaraja Wodeyar was considered to have hunted around 300 tigers and several elephants. One such elephant head is mounted at the entrance of the palace. Stools made of elephant feet, vases of the elephant trunk, and trophies of elephant hunting are displayed in the palace.
Once the residence of the Wodeyars, it now serves as the venue for various concerts, exhibitions and cultural programs held in the city. Presently, Bangalore Palace is under the ownership of the descendant of the Mysore Royal Family, Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wodeyar. He opened the palace in 2005 for public viewing. The palace has recently undergone a renovation.
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