Tipu’s Summer Palace, Bangalore

This post is continuation of #makeheritagefun walk to Tipu’s Summer Palace from Bangalore Fort. This event was initiated by GoUnesco on 13th March. Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace looked so simple to me from its exteriors. It is a double storeyed structure, nothing like huge palaces that Kings are reputed to have. Not much grandeur yet a striking structure in teak wood.

History of Tipu’s Summer Palace

A little bit of history, as explained to us by Mansoor Ali during the #makeheritagefun tour. Construction of this palace was started by Nawab Hyder Ali Khan in 1781. It was completed in 1791 by Tipu Sultan. He named it Tashk-e-Jannat meaning the abode of happiness and envy of heaven. Tipu held durbar (court) here during the summers. After Tipu’s defeat and death in the fourth Anglo-Mysore war in 1799, British administration used this palace as its secretariat. A major portion of its right flank was demolished; Sri Venkataramana Temple of 17th century on the right however was left untouched. Strange that Tipu chose this Vishnu Temple’s backyard to build his summer palace. He was indeed tolerant of Hindus.

Tipu's Summer Palace facade

Architecture and Interiors

Stepping into the palace interiors a series of arches in 3 rows catch your attention first. The arches are carved with motifs and painted in cream color (this color must be a later addition). We had to strain our eyes to see the beautiful motifs painted on the walls and ceilings of the palace. One good thing I noticed guards are present to check the vandals from defacing whatever is remaining now.

Summer Palace Bangalore 1

A small wooden balcony served as seat for the king. A throne was made coated with gold sheets and studded with precious stones, the arm rests sculpted in the form of tiger heads; Tipu vowed never to use it until he completely defeated the English Army. The throne was so expensive that no single buyer could afford it. British got it dismantled completely and sold it in parts.

Four staircases lead to the upper chamber which looks like a hall where the King and his ministers would have sat. His army must have paraded in the huge open space in front of   the palace. There are smaller rooms on either side of the hall which were Zenana quarters (for the womenfolk). A large hall on the ground floor is converted into museum and has artifacts from Hyder-Tipu regime.

Tipu's Summer Palace

Tickets and Open Timings

Tickets are Rs.5 for Indians and Rs.100 for foreigners.
No separate camera charges.
No refreshments inside, but okay okay washroom facilities.
The heritage site is blind people friendly.
Open on all days 8.30AM to 5.00PM.

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34 Responses

  1. eileen says:

    Hello Indrani, lovely images from your tour of the summer palace. It is beautiful. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

  2. Cloudia says:

    Tells so many stories

  3. vatsala mallya says:

    Stunning pictures with so much of history behind ! Beautiful details .

  4. nice shots. good to know the history of the place.

  5. Chaicy says:

    Glad you liked the summer palace, I guess I haven’t been here in ages although I am from Bangalore.

    xoxo – Chaicyy – Style.. A Pastiche!

  6. magiceye says:

    So full of history! Would love to visit someday!

  7. Arun says:

    A nice insight in to the history of this palace!
    Nice post!

  8. Interesting to note that the South Indian palaces have wooden elements in their architecture. The history bit too is interesting read.

  9. Bob says:

    I bet that would be alright every seasons of the year. Beautiful.

  10. Nice pics, I always loved the ‘sword of tipu sultan’ ☺️

  11. Niranjan says:

    Love its woodwork and wall paintings.

  12. hmmm…quite informative!! wonderful pics!!

  13. Priyanka says:

    I never knew he had a summer palace in Bangalore too! Nice photo-story.

  14. Jyothi D'mello says:

    I always think of Bangalore as IT hub. Your informative posts makes me want to visit it soon 🙂

  15. Raj says:

    Didn’t know about this place, thanks Indrani

  16. I’ve been there. It was really a cool experience. 🙂

  17. Lovely images of the tour! 🙂

  18. Arun says:

    Nice pics. Need to visit it some day.

  19. Harshita says:

    Its very beautiful

  20. Arvind says:

    looks like some movie set

  21. Yogi Saraswat says:

    the #makeheritagefun tour is taking us to explore new places . Thnx for this hashtag , it will easy to recognize. Tipu Sultan’s palace is looking in better conditions than others . Its interior is very beautiful !!

  22. Ami says:

    Nice one. I personally, loved the wooden structure. There was something nice about it

  23. Gattina says:

    It looks very pretty inside !

  24. Beautiful Palace. Nice photos.

  25. Bhavani says:

    Lovely art of work!!!

  26. Excellent pics. I have been to bangalore but didn’t see this fort. The place seems good. Thanks for sharing.

  27. Jeevan says:

    Beautiful perspective on the palace and nice captures on the interior and detail! Glad they preserve the palace with great intent

  28. dNambiar says:

    Wow! look at those details. Nice to know that the fort is now well taken care of.
    Thank you for the pics from there.

  29. dNambiar says:

    *I mean palace. 🙂

  30. We visited this place a number of times.. Thanks for sharing the related Pictures of the Palace, Indrani!

  31. Always wanted to visit this palace, seems so well maintained and beautiful. The throne if existed would have been a icing on top!! great captures Indrani 🙂

  32. subhadip says:

    Hello Indrani Great pictures and great post.

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