Mysore’s 200 heritage structures

Mysore is best known for royal structures of immense beauty and architectural importance. Apart from grand palaces and mansions, the city has many public utility structures dating back to the royal era.

It has many heritage structures dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Constituted in 2004, the Mysore Heritage Committee identified many monuments and age old structures including the Fort Wall (1780), a gateway on Bangalore-Nilgiri road,  Government House (1805), Yelwal Residence (1806), St.Bartholomew’s Church (1830) and Vasantha Mahal (1842).

According to the Department of Archaeology, Mysore has 200 heritage buildings built in the early 19th and 20th centuries. Some of the structures like Rangacharlu Memorial Hall (1884), Krishnarajendra Hospital (1876), KR Circle (1950), Clock Tower (1927) and Chamarajendra Technical Institute (1906) continue to be important landmarks over the years. With a statue of Krishnaraja Wodeyar, the buzzing K R Circle is at the junction of Sayyaji Rao road, Devaraj Urs road and Albert Victor road. Adjacent to the Town Hall is the clock tower built in 1927 to mark the silver jubilee of Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar’s coronation. Built in memory of the first Dewan of Mysore Chettipatnam Veeravalli Rangacharalu, is the Town Hall where the Municipal Offices were located earlier.

The area within a radius of three km from the Palace is specified as the core heritage zone extended to Sayyaji road, Irwing road and Karanji lake road. Heritage buildings such as DC’s office, Town Hall, law courts, Corporation office and railway office are all in this core area. The  zone is marked for heritage walks and tonga rides during Dasara.

Heritage tag

Mysore has been given a heritage city tag, which is expected to facilitate better maintenance of heritage sites and structures , as part of  the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). Also, a four-member Unesco team visited Mysore six months ago to interact with the stakeholders and the local official agencies to work out a project which could ensure funds and manpower to protect heritage structures in and around Mysore.