- The construction of the palace was begun by Hyder Ali and was completed by Tipu Sultan.
- It was built within the walls of the Bangalore Fort.
- The palace became Tipu’s summer residence till his death.
- He used to call it ‘the abode of happiness’ and the ‘envy of heaven’.
- The palace made of teak wood has pillars, arches and balconies with floral motifs.
- Paintings and wooden carvings are embellished along the walls of the palace.
- The small museum inside exhibits the achievements of Tipu.
Tippu’s Summer Palace was built by Hyder Ali and his son Sultan Tipu within the walls of the Bangalore Fort. The Sultan used to endearingly call it ‘the abode of happiness’ and the ‘envy of heaven’ and it remained his residence till death. The palace is entirely made of teak wood and has pillars, arches and balconies adorned by floral motifs. Paintings and wooden carvings are embellished along the walls of the palace. The palace also exhibits the achievements of Tipu Sultan and his administration.
The construction of the palace was initiated by Hyder Ali within the walls of the famous Bangalore Fort. It was completed during the reign of Tipu Sultan in the year 1791 and it served as a residence for the Sultan till his death in the fourth Anglo-Mysore war. The palace was also used by the British administration for its Secretariat till 1868. It has thereafter been maintained by the Government of Karnataka.
Tipu’s palace is built entirely with teak wood and is characterized by pillars, arches, and balconies. It has wonderful wooden carvings that adorn the columns. The palace is embellished by floral motifs and paintings on its walls. The rooms in the ground floor are currently used as a museum for historical exhibits. Staircases lead to a chamber, adjoining balconies and four rooms in the first floor, known as the Zenana Quarters. The palace is built in such a way that the sunlight passing through its windows form beautiful reflections inside. The courage, pride and honour of the Sultan echo throughout the walls of this royal palace.
KEY POINTS OF INTEREST AT THE PLACE:
The eastern and western balconies of the first floor were used by the Sultan used to conduct Durbars (royal courts) and are the most enchanting parts of the palace.
The rooms in the ground floor hold a small museum that exhibits the achievements of Tipu Sultan. The palace also holds the painting of a grand throne envisioned by Tipu, which was coated with gold sheets and stuck with emerald stones. He had vowed not to use it till he defeated the British army. Later, it was dismantled and the parts were auctioned by the British. The silver vessels that belonged to Hyder Ali are also on display.
A Farsi inscription here talks of the magnificence of the palace and of how Tipu had called it a ‘house of happiness’. The garden and lawn maintained outside is also a feast to the eyes.
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The Bangalore Fort and Tipu Sultan’s armoury are must visits for history buffs. The famous Kote Venkataramana temple is also nearby. Experience seekers can enjoy a stroll along the City Market and even visit Cubbon Park.
The palace stays open from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Visits shall be planned accordingly.
As there is no separate parking lot for the palace, visitors may make use of the paid parking facility available on the other side of the road.