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Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace Mysore Entry Fee

  • 15 per person for Adults
  • 5 per person for Children

Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace Mysore Phone

0821 2447 046

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Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace Mysore Address: Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion, Janapada Museums, Manasagangotri, Mysore, Karnataka, 570006, India

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Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace Mysore Timings

Day Timing
Monday Closed / Holiday
Tuesday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wedesday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday Closed / Holiday
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Declared as a heritage building by the Karnataka Government, Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace is one of the most spectacular palaces of Mysore, the cultural capital of the state. Located in Manasagangothri, this palace has been constructed on a hill lock, to the western side of a popular lake in Mysore, Kukkarahalli Lake. Tourists often club both these sightseeing places on a single visit.

History of Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace

Initially called ‘First Rajkumari Mansion’, Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace was built for princess Jayalakshammanni who was the eldest daughter of Maharaja Chamaraja Wodeyar. This palace was built in the year of 1905. In 1897, Princess Jayalakshammanni was married to Sirdar M. Kantharaj Urs who was the Dewan of Mysore. Hence, the palace was constructed by the Maharaja for the couple, in order to suit their status as dewan and princess. Radiating architectural excellence like any other palace of the Mysore royals, Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace was built with an approximate cost of Rs.7 lakhs during that period.

In 2006, this palace which is constructed University of Mysore premises was acquired by the university. It was attained with the purpose of opening a postgraduate centre here in Manasagangothri. In the same year, an Archaeological and Folklore Museum was also constructed in the palace, which was done with the assistance of Infosys Foundation. This museum displays an extensive range of artefacts related to folk art and culture of Karnataka. Popular displays here at the museum in Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace include a temple cart which is 300 years old, Demon Ravana 10 headed wooden puppet, etc. The restoration work of the palace was started in the year of 2002 and completed in 2006.

Museum at Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion

The palace has three museums, each presenting a display of rare crafts and arts. The museums have artefacts brought from all over the state. The three museums in the palace are Archeology Museum, Folklore Museum and General Museum.

The most popular museum, folklore museum displays more than 6500 folk arts and artefacts. Considered to be one of the largest collections of folk arts in Asia, this museum has various wooden and leather figurines brought from villages of Karnataka. Along with these, it also displays various rural ornaments, metal ware, tools, ceremonial headgear and costumes, puppets, decorative masks, temple and house models, etc.

Another section, the Archeology Museum displays a range of sculptures made up on stone, paintings of great personalities and events, nature, etc. The artefacts displayed here were collected by royal family over various decades. There is also a life-size figure of a tiger which has the skin of real tiger. An ivory arch with a picture of Mysore maharaja is attached to it.

In the main complex of the palace is the general museum, with artefacts that were used by Mysore royal family and other prominent personalities of the state, which include shoes, bags, clothes, various items of daily use, etc.

Architecture of Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion

Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace is built with combination of brick, timber, iron and mortar. Spread across 6 acres, this palace has there are 125 rooms with 300 windows and about 287 intricately carved doors. It is a three wing structure, featuring sequence of Corinthian and Ionic columns. Various wings of the palace are connected through arched porticos. The first floor of the palace has Goddess Bhuvaneswari statue placed under a domed cover on its southern side. Towards the northern side, a statue of Goddess Lakshmi has been placed.

One of the most attractive parts of this palace is its dancing hall; it has wooden floors and vast space. It has a 40 feet high roof decorated with painted glasses which were illuminated. Kalyana Mantap, with eight domes in the shape of petals and 12 pillars square is another place worth seeing. There is also a gold plated tower here which is called kalasha.

The central part of palace is another interesting section to see. It has vast area in the centre with balconies. It is said that this area was used for conducting various functions and ceremonies.

Even during that period, the palace had separate drainage system for used water and rainwater, which showcase its architecture fineness. The grand interiors of this palace represent Indian style of décor. One can see exquisite carvings, breathtaking mouldings and arts beautifying the interiors of this palace.

Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace Timings and Entry Fee

Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace is open throughout the week except on Mondays. It is closed on second Saturdays and Sundays of the month and also on various Government holidays.

The opening timings of the Jayalakshmi Palace are from 10 AM to 1 PM and in evening from 3 PM to 5 PM. Photography is prohibited inside the palace complex.

Reaching Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace

Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace is located in Manasagangothri, only 3 km from the centre of the city, towards the Kukkarahalli Lake. It is about 3 km away from railway station and near to bus stand as well. Owing to its suitable location, it is easily accessible. One can hire a tax or just take auto rickshaws which are readily available. There are also many city buses that go via University of Mysore, from where the palace can be reached on foot as Manasagangothri is a part of this University.

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