Among Mysore’s tourist places, Lalitha Mahal is one place that history buffs shouldn’t miss. It is located at the foothills of the Chamundi Hills and is the second-largest palace in Mysore. The grand structure was erected in 1921 and designed by E.W. Fritchley. Many consider Lalitha Mahal a replica of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. It was originally meant to serve as a guest house for the Viceroy of India.

Lalitha Mahal was converted into a luxurious and flamboyant heritage hotel in 1974. Currently, it is maintained by the Ashok Group of Hotels under the aegis of the India Tourism Development Corporation. Visitors throng to Lalitha Mahal every day to enjoy its beauty and mesmerising architecture.