Mysore Palace - History and How to Reach

Mysore, formerly known as the Kingdom of Mysore, has been home to the Wadiyar Dynasty for several centuries and today, other being the cleanest city in India, is the perfect weekend getaway for 12.64 million Bangaloreans every year.


Every year, more than 5 million people visit the iconic and prehistoric city of Mysore and no matter where they stay, one common destination in all their itineraries is the Mysore Palace, the home of the former Wadiyar Dynasty.


If you have been planning a trip to Mysore for some time now, this article is for you as we will be sharing with you everything you need to know about Mysore Palace and answer some of your most persistent questions about this enchanted city.


Quick Facts


  • Address: Sayyaji Rao Road, Agrahara, Chamrajpura, Mysuru, Karnataka 570001
  • Opening Hours: Every day from 10.00 am to 5.30 pm
  • Opened In: 1912
  • Popular Festival Celebrated: Dasara celebrations for 9 days in the month of September and October.
  • Deity: Goddess Chamundi

Where Is It Located?


Conveniently located at the foot of the Chamundi Hills, Mysore Palace is right at the centre of the iconic city, with all other tourist places of Mysore dotting around the Palace. Built in 1897 by British Architect and Consultant to the Mysore Kingdom, the Palace and its surrounding city were designed in such a manner that all roads in the city lead to the Palace, making it convenient for locals and tourists alike to navigate through its many lanes.


What Is the Significance of Mysore Palace?


If you are a fan of prehistoric India and want to witness a glimpse of history from the time India was ruled by the most famous kings of history, Mysore Palace would be the perfect place for you to start. Unlike most other palaces, which have either worn due to time or poor maintenance, Mysore Palace has been restored to its original glory by the keepers of the Wadiyar Dynasty.


In prehistoric times, Mysore Palace used to be the headquarters of the erstwhile Kingdom of Mysore, which ruled over the state of Karnataka, formally known as the State of Mysore. Being the seat of the Kingdom, the Palace served an important role both in diplomatic as well as governance matters of the Kingdom and till date is a striking representation of the glory former Indian Dynasties shared.


What Are the Different Functions/Festivals That Are Celebrated at Mysore Palace?


With one visit to Mysore Palace, you will quickly become acquainted with the fact that the Palace is lively and entertaining all year round; however, it records the highest number of attendees during the yearly Dasara Celebrations, which commences for 9 days in the months of September and October. As per a Hindu correspondence in 2018, Mysore Palace recorded the highest turnout of 1.13 lakh visitors during the 9 days of Dasara celebrations, and the trend follows till date.


Along with the yearly Dasara celebrations, the city witnesses record turnouts every time a member of the royal Wadiyar family visits the Palace. Additionally, all around the year, the Palace lights up in a string of yellow fairy lights every evening for visitors and on-goers.


Locations and Bus Routes


Mysore is conveniently located 145 kilometres from Bangalore, making it the perfect place for weekend getaways.


Being a major tourist destination, the State of Karnataka has invested heavily in public transportation, and thus buses are available between Bangalore and Mysore almost daily. Both state-run buses and private operators offer their services along this route, and a typical bus journey will be of 3 and a half hours.


You can head over to the redBus app to make bookings in TNSTC/APSRTC, which serves this region. One of the best aspects of using the redBus app is the fact that you can make reservations for your journey entirely online right from the comfort of your home.


How to Reach Mysore Palace by Bus?


In order to reach Mysore Palace by bus, you can make an online booking via the redBus application and once confirmed, you can board a bus from the adjoining states which are served by TNSTC/APSRTC to reach Mysore. From the Bus Stand, Mysore Palace is just a few minutes away, and you can hail an auto-rickshaw for the short journey.


How to Reach Mysore Palace from Delhi?


In order to visit Mysore Palace from Delhi, you must first start your journey from Indira Gandhi International Airport to Kempegowda International Airport. These days, direct buses are available right at Bangalore Airport, which will take you to Mysore; however, you can choose the alternate route of first staying in Bangalore for a day or two and then commence your journey to the Mysore Bus Stand. In both cases, you can conveniently complete all your bus reservations online via the redBus app.


How to Reach Mysore Palace from Ahmedabad?


If you want to visit the iconic Mysore Palace from Ahmedabad, you will need to start your journey from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport and reach Kempegowda International Airport to complete the first leg of your journey. From Bangalore Airport, you can either choose to take a direct bus to Mysore, or alternately rest for a day or two and catch a bus operated by TNSTC/APSRTC and reach the Palace.


How to Reach Mysore Palace from Dwarka?


If you want to visit the historical Mysore Palace and view it in all its glory, and you stay in Dwarka, you need to start the first leg of your journey from Jamnagar airport to Kempegowda International Airport. From Bangalore airport, you can take the direct bus to Mysore or alternatively vacation in Bangalore for a day or two and visit Mysore Palace later by boarding a bus operated by TNSTC/APSRTC to Mysore Bus Stand. From the Mysore Bus Stand, you can book a short ride in an auto-rickshaw to reach the pristine Mysore Palace.


Mysore Palace Routes on redBus


  1. Hyderabad to Mysore

Start your journey from Hyderabad and reach Mysore Bus Stand, from where the Palace is only a short distance away. You can book your journey online via redBus.

  1. Tiruchirapalli to Mysore

Start your journey from Tiruchirapalli Bus Stand and reach Mysore Bus Stand in 8 hours, from where the Palace is a short distance away.


Although these two routes are the most frequented by tourists, yet there are multiple places where you can board the bus to Mysore from Bangalore, as most of them fall along the way. You can find details of all these stops and their consecutive timings in the redBus app.


Note

In light of the recent developments under the purview of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mysore Palace is temporarily closed for visitors, and some bus routes from Bangalore are not operational, citing safety concerns. Please check for updated information online prior to commencing your journey.

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FAQs

Q: What Is the average bus fare to Mysore Palace?
A: Bus fares to Mysore Palace from Bangalore tend to vary between operators; however, they will be in the range of ₹500 to ₹800 for a 4-hour trip.
Q: What are the benefits of booking a bus ticket through redBus?
A: There are numerous benefits to booking a bus ticket online through redBus such as: 1) Book bus tickets with ease from the comfort of your home or workspace. 2) Quick and easy cancellation and rescheduling options. 3) Exclusive offers and cashback options. 4) M-ticket and e-ticket facilities are available. 4) Wide variety of bus operators, types of buses and routes to choose from. 5) Impeccable customer service. 5) Lower prices. Visit the redBus website or download the app to see the benefits of making a bus ticket booking.
Q: Can I reschedule my bus ticket?
A: First, visit https://www.redbus.in/reschedule and then search for your bus ticket by entering your ticket number and registered email ID. Verify your ticket details and select the date to reschedule your journey. Select a bus operator, verify every detail, and make your payment if any difference in bus ticket prices needs to be cleared.
Q: What Is the best way to go to Mysore Palace?
A: The best and most efficient way to reach Mysore Palace would be by bus, as not only are the journeys comfortable but also pleasant and comfortable to your pocket.
Q: What's the impact of lockdown at Mysore Palace?
A: As of now, there are travel restrictions in the whole of Karnataka; however, the situation is changing; thus, make sure to check ahead of committing any travel plans.
Q: How far is Mysore Palace from Kempegowda International Airport?
A: Mysore Palace is located 207 kilometres from Kempegowda International Airport, and these days you can take a bus directly to Mysore from the airport itself.