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Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace

About Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace

Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace / Mansion is one of the heritage building in Karnataka, which is located at the Mysore university Campus. This palace is located in west side of popular kukkarahalli lake. In the year 2006 this heritage building was restored by Mysore University along with the collaboration of Infosys foundation and converted into archaeology, general and folklore museum.

History of Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace

The Jayalakshmi Vilas palace was constructed in the year 1905. It was built during the period of Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV. This palace was built for Maharaja Chamaraja Wadiyar eldest daughter, Princess Jaya lakshmammanni who got married to the Dewan Sirdar Sir M. Kantharaj Urs in the year 1897. The palace was constructed with royal architecture to suit the status of Mysore dewan and princess. The Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion is located in the highest point of the University of Mysore. The palace was built to an extent of 6 Acres at an approximate cost of Rs.7 Lakhs during that period. 

The Jayalakshmi Villas palace was reported to be the first mansion build for princess hence it is also called “First Rajakumari Maison” or “Kebbekatte Bungalow”. There was a house in the place before the construction of the palace. This was called “Gunamba House “ after Dewan Sirdar Sir M. Kantharaj Urs’s mother. 

This palace was neglected for so many years. The place was acquired by the University of Mysore for the construction of the Post-graduation block. The palace was renovated with the funds of Rs.1.17 crores from Infosys foundation. The renovation work was started in the year 2002 and completed in the year 2006. The palace was converted into a museum with a priceless collection of articles. The renovated museum was inaugurated by Governor of Karnataka on 16 January 2006, by switching on this new illumination system.

Architecture of Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion

Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion is a 3 winged heritage building. The building is constructed in 6 acres of land using brick, timber, Iron and Motor. The building has Corinthian and ionic columns and the three-winged building connected with beautiful arched porticos. The palace has 125 rooms, 300 windows, and around 287 carved doors. 

In the entrance of the palace, there is Goddess Bhuhaneshwari statue towards the south and Goddess Lakshmi statue towards North. The main attraction of the palace is the dancing hall which is also known as Kalyana Mantapa (Marriage Hall). The dancing hall has wooden flooring and very high roof of 40 feet. The roof of the hall is decorated with painted glasses. The hall has 8 dooms in the shape of Petals, 12 numbers of Square columns. It also has a gold plated tower which is known as Kalasha. The central part of the palace has a vast area with balconies which were used for conducting functions and ceremonies.

The building has separate water supply, drainage, and rainwater harvesting system. It also has a Chemical conserve laboratory inside this museum complex that restores and conserves wooden articles.

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Museum at Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion

The Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion was neglected for so many years. It is renovated and now it’s available for visitors. The palace has 3 museums 

  1. Archaeology Museum 
  2. Folklore Museum
  3. General Museum 

Archaeology Museum: The Archaeology Museum has sculptures made upon stone, paintings of great personalities and events, nature, etc. The artifacts displayed here were collected by the royal family over various decades. There is also taxidermy of wild animals (life-size figure of a Animals that has the hide of real Animals). An ivory arch with a picture of Mysore Maharaja is attached to it.

Folklore Museum: The most popular museum, folklore museum displays more than 6500 folk arts and artifacts. 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, metalware, tools, ceremonial headgear and costumes, puppets, decorative masks, temple, and house models, etc. 

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

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Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion Entry
Entry Fees – ₹0

Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace Timings 
Mon – Sat : 10.30 AM to 12.30 PM and 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM.
Sunday and public holidays – Closed.

Best time to Visit Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace
All round the year except Sundays and Public holidays.

Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion Website
There is no official website for Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace

Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace Email  
No official email address

Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace Phone Number 
No Contact Number

Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace Address 
Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion,
University Of Mysore Campus,
Karnataka 570006

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Accommodation near Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace
There is no accommodation available for visitors inside the university campus.
There are hotels available around the museum some of them are listed below.
Online room booking is available in all listed hotels. 

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Mysore   
1 MG Road, 570010 Mysore, India 

Fortune Jp Palace
# 3, Abba Road, Nazarbad, 570007 Mysore,

The Quorum
2257/1, B 1 Vinoba Road, Near Kala Mandir, 570008 Mysore, India 

Hotel Ruchi The Prince
986/624 Mysore-Hunsur Main Road, Hinkal, 570017 Mysore 

Hotel Home Comfort
No-1429, Just Behind HDFC ATM, Opp Lashkar Police Station, Mysore-570001

Rajmahal Inn
#800,801, 10th Cross, Vijayanagar 1st Stage Opp Aishwarya Petrol Bunk Hunsur Road Mysore India 570017

Places to Visit near Jayalakshmi Vilas Manson

Mysore Palace 
Lalitha Mahal Palace
Jagmohan Palace  
Karanji Lake
Planet Earth Aquarium
Railway Museum
St. Philomena Church
Chamundi Hills

Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace Distance

From Bangalore : 143.00 Km.
From Mysore city Bus stop : 4.2 Km.
From KSRTC bus stop : 4.9 Kms
From Mysore Railway station : 3.4 Kms
From Mysore Airport : 15 Kms

How to reach Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace

Bangalore to Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace 

KSRTC (Bus)  

KSRTC and Private Buses are available from Bangalore to  Mysore (Fare: ₹125/-) from there you can reach Mysore Sub Urban Bus stop. 

From Suburban Bus stop by Ola auto/pre-paid auto(Fare: 70/-) you can reach the Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace in Manasa Gangotri. 

From City bus stop.
In the city bus stop at Platform No.10, you have to take bus No.266, 277, 245, 245A, 135, 130 get down at Manasa Gangotri stop (Fare: ₹12/--) from the stop its 12 min walk to the Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace.

Bangalore to Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace


Express train is available to Mysore from Bangalore (Fare: ₹75/-), From Railway station by Ola auto/pre-paid auto(Fare: ₹70/-) you can reach Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace in Manasa Gangotri.

From City bus stop. 
In city bus stop at Platform No.10, you have to take a bus. No. 266, 277, 245, 245A, 135, 130 Gangotri buses  after 24 stops get down at Manasagangotri stop (Fare: ₹25/-)


NOTE – please do contact Indian Railways (IRCTC) for better clarity on train timings & updated Pricing

Airport to Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace

Nearest Mysore airport (Domestic Airport) is 15 kilometers from Mysore Airport. 
Drivetime approximately 20-30min 

Bike / Car
Bangalore to Mysore
Majestic (Kempe Gowda bus station) – Nayandahalli – Bidadi – Kengeri – Ramanagara –  Channapattana – Madduru- Mandya- Srirangapattana- Mysore- Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace

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