Small is beautiful

Tipu Sultan went by the sobriquet ‘Tiger of Mysore’ because he put up a valiant fight against the British. His father Hyder Ali was a commander-in-chief of the Mysore Wodeyars and went on to become a ruler of Mysore. There are a few small forts and palaces in and around Bangalore that are associated with this father-son duo. The summer palace in Bangalore is one of them. It was lying in shambles and neglect before restoration work took place a few years ago. If you find yourself in Bangalore with some time to spare or live in the city, do go visit this tiny palace, perhaps a portion of what might have been a larger building. Even if you hire a guide, it will not take you more than 20 minutes to visit it.
Go and marvel at this structure which took 10 years to build. It is mainly a wood, stone and mud structure with perfect symmetry in the alignment of pillars, arches and rooms. If you slice it in the centre, left to right, the two halves will mirror each other. The walls are covered in floral motifs and vines with niches that perhaps held oil lamps. The architecture is a mix of Indian and Islamic styles and experts call it the Indo-Saracenic style.

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It took 10 years to build this palace!
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A Farsi inscription on a wall on the ground level extolls the beauty of this palace, concluding that it is a ‘House of Happiness & Envy of Heaven’


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Gold and vermillion dominate the walls.
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Pillars and arches abound the palace.
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There are 160 pillars in all!
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Teak pillars with beautiful ‘leafy’ base and capital
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Arches galore!
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Ornate wooden brackets
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Outer wall of the palace

The best way to get to the palace is to take the metro to the K. R. Market station and walk the short distance to the palace.
While there, you can visit the Kote Venkataramana Swamy temple next door and walk 350m past the metro station and see the remnants of the Bangalore Fort.

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Kote Venkataramana Swamy Temple seen from the palace compound
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Entrance to the Bangalore Fort
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Bangalore Fort – inside view





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