Originally built by Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore and later extended by Tipu Sultan, this fort/palace is situated near the City Market and dates back to 1537. Witness to the fight of Mysore rulers against the British domination, this majestic fort boasts of intricately carved arches and is built as per the Islamic style. Its well-preserved Ganapati temple is one of the major attractions for visitors and is situated inside the fort. Here, you will also find the Tipu Sultan Palace, which was erected in the year 1790.
Constructed with teakwood, the palace was built as the summer residence for Tipu Sultan. Surrounded by well laid out landscaped gardens, this two storied building features tall arches, pillars and balconies and is decorated with floral motifs on both the walls and the ceilings. The balconies on the east and west on the upper floor were used by Tipu Sultan to conduct his state affairs. The British used the palace as their secretariat after the death of Tipu Sultan and eventually left it in the year 1867. Falling to ruins all that is left of the fort is the palace, the armory, the Ganesha temple, two of the gates, a few bits of masonry work and the Delhi Gate. A plaque made of marble marks the spot where the fort was breached, which led to the fall of the fort and allowed the British to enter.
|Foreign Tourists Fee||Rs.100|
|Photography||Photography is prohibited.|
|Timings||10am to 6pm (except on Sundays)|