Tipu Sultan’s summer palace, as the name suggests, was the summer retreat of the Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan. It is located in Srirangapatna, which is 135 kms from Bengaluru city and 14 kms from Mysuru.
Its construction had commenced during the reign of Tipu Sultan within the walls of the Bangalore Fort by Tipu Sultan’s father Hyder Ali, and was completed in 1791 by Tipu Sultan himself.
The palace is also known as Dariya Daulat Bagh. It is said that Tipu Sultan also used to conduct his durbar (court) from the balconies in this palace.
The palace also holds a painting of a grand throne as visualized by Tipu Sultan himself - coated with golden sheets and embedded with precious emerald stones. An interesting fact about this throne is that Tipu Sultan had apparently vowed never to use it until he defeated the British Army. But sadly, that couldn’t happen and after his death, the British dismantled the throne and auctioned off its parts.
The burial ground where Tipu Sultan was buried is also located very close to this palace. Currently, the palace building and premises are being maintained as a tourist spot by the Archaeological Survey of India located in Bangalore.
Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace is built with wood, mortar, stone and plaster. It has two stories/floors and a large garden area surrounds its complex. Its interiors are decorated with floral images, paintings and pictures of historic events and battles.
The structure is made entirely of teak and has amazing pillars, arches and balconies. Four smaller rooms occupy the corners of first floor (these are believed to be Zenana Quarters).
Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace now also houses a small museum, which showcases various artifacts that were used by Tipu Sultan and his family, ranging from clothes to coins, weapons, silver utensils and crowns placed on silver pedestals. Apart from these the museum has several paintings depicting historic events (including a 200 years old oil painting showcasing storming of Srirangapatna) and even a replica of Tipu's Tiger, whose original counterpart is kept in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
The rooms in the ground floor of the palace were converted to make this museum, and to showcase the achievements of Tipu Sultan.
Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace and museum are usually open between 8.30 AM and 5.30 PM on all days.
It is important to note that clicking photos or filming videos inside the palace are forbidden without a special permission - which may be given to people based on different factors. More detailed and updated information on this can be gotten on reaching the venue.
Other attractions close to this palace include:
The Venkataramana Temple is located next to the Summer Palace itself. It was built long before Tipu built his palace and he apparently used to visit there regularly.
So, these are some really interesting spots to visit in and around Srirangapatna apart from Tipu Sultan’s summer palace.