After Indian independence, when the Princely State of Mysore was merged with the Karnataka State, the Palace became a property of the Karnataka Government. The state government of Karnataka considered the building as a heritage structure. However, it remained as a possession of Srikantha Datta Narasimharaja Wodeyar, the descendent of the Wodeyars, who converted it into a palace hotel. Rajendra Vilas was turned into a hotel by the middle of the last millennium but closed down subsequently. There are about 25 rooms and spacious terrace.
Architecture of Rajendra Vilas
Rajendra Vilas Palace offers a panoramic view of Mysore. It has four chhatris or dome-shaped pavilions at the corners, built in distinctive Rajasthani style. The central dome and other features, however, are Indo-Saracenic in style with the design and structure of the central dome closely resembling that of the Mysore Palace. In the north is a semi-circular veranda, built strategically to provide panoramic views of the city. The first floor opens to spacious terraces adjoining the chhatris.
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