Dating back to 1862, Bangalore Palace has a long and rich history. Originally constructed as a private home for the Wodeyars, the ruling maharajas at the time, it remains a royal residence today – albeit open to visitors. The palace is one of the most architecturally impressive buildings in the city and is a must-see when visiting.
Bangalore Palace brings a little British royal flavour to Bangalore. Inspired by Windsor Castle, it was built in the Tudor style, complete with ivy-covered turrets, battlements, Gothic windows and imposing fortified towers. Set on 183 hectares, the palace itself has a floor space of 4,200 square metres and boasts an impressive 35 rooms – mostly bedrooms. Set out on a self-guided tour, complete with your own personal audio guide, and discover the stories of a bygone era. First, take some time to enjoy the enormous ground-floor courtyard. This grand open square is famous for its granite seats that are decorated with stunning fluorescent-blue tiles. Inside, the historic ballroom, where royal parties took place, and the Durbar Hall are particularly noteworthy. Access Durbar Hall by a decorative staircase and see the exquisite must-see set of stained-glass windows.
As you make your way through the various stately rooms and galleries, you’ll come across chilling hunting trophies, including a full-sized elephant head; period clothing and furnishings; magnificent wood carvings; significant works of art (including a collection of nudes); and historic family portraits. Be sure to cast your eyes up; along with the walls, the ceilings are adorned with intricate floral motifs, colourful relief paintings and elegant cornices. Once you’ve learned the fascinating history of the palace itself, step outside onto the sprawling grounds. Take in the beautifully manicured gardens and wide expanses of rolling lawn that, these days, host large-scale events and concerts. The grounds are also home to Fun World, an amusement park known for its water slides, carnival rides and family-friendly attractions.
There’s an entrance fee of approximately AU$10 per person, with additional fees to bring your camera or video recorder inside. The palace is open daily from 10am until 6pm.