Bangalore Palace, a private residence, to look like a smaller replica of the Windsor Castle in England was built by Reverend J Garret, the first Principal of the Central High School in Bangalore, now known as Central College.
The Palace and the grounds surrounding it are spread across 454 acres (183 ha). British officials who were in charge of the Education of the young prince Chamaraja Wodeyar bought this palace in 1873 A.D for him at a cost of `40,000 and later renovated it. The palace was built in Tudor style architecture with fortified towers, battlements and turrets. The interiors were decorated with elegant wood carvings, floral motifs, cornices and relief paintings on the ceiling. The furniture, which was neo-classical, Victorian and Edwardian in style, was bought from John Roberts and Lazarus.
In June 2005 Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar decided to open the palace to the public to meet its ` 2 million annual upkeep costs. The special attraction is a gallery of nearly a thousand historical photos, including those of viceroys, maharajas and other famous personalities inside and exquisite carvings and paintings.
Located within the city itself, the Palace is a must in your Bangalore city tour.