The palatial bungalow: Shivappa Nayaka Palace

Suddenly, Rajaram with his four confidants entered the court of Rani Chennamma in the palace and they were dressed in yellow Chivara, alike of  monks, searching for a safe shelter. It was the reign of Maratha emperor Rajaram Bhosle, the younger son of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj , was in hidden inside this palace as the Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb pursued him. Rani Kittur Chennamma, wife of Raja Mallasarja did a work against the official advice  and hid Rajaram inside the palace. After couple of days Aurangazeb somehow get to know that Rajaram was hiding inside the palace that belonged to Rani Chennamma. Immediately he sent his whole army to capture them. Somehow, Rajaram escaped from the palace and the queen's forces defeated all the Mughals who verged a war against her. 

I get to know the history behind the palace from the watchman of the palace and it was the from 17th century.

In heart of the Shimoga city,  there is an ancient palatial bungalow, known as Shivappa Nayaka Palace. The royal house is spread over 200 acres and exquisite designed with the rosewood. 

The building is a two storied architecture comprises a Durbar hall (courtyard/nobel court) with two narrow stairs on both sides, few rooms (around 10 in number), with marvel carved teak and rosewood massive pillars. 

The palace is of indo-saracenic architecture, mainly the wooden pillars of teak and rosewood. The roof of the palace is followed by Malnad style with lobed arched panel. 

There are some cannons and a massive bell in the garden which can be seen from the Durbar hall.

There are some views on the actual build year on this palace. The palace is named after the popular 17th century king Shivappa Nayaka from the Keladi Nayaka dynasty of the coastal and Malnad (hill) districts of Karnataka, India. But according to art historian George Michell, the palace was actually built by the Mysore ruler Hyder Ali on 18th century.

Once you enter the lawn of the palace you can see a huge collection of sculptures, inscriptions, artefacts and hero stones from the Hoysala era. Some artefacts are also collected form Harappa dated 2500 BCE. 

In the museum Mostly these interesting antiques are collected from archeological sites and excavated temples nearby Shimogga such as, Somapura, Skikaripura, Kollisalu forest,  Baruru, Anavatti forest, Malagikoralahalli, Kundadrihill, Kalkere etc..

The palace was once converted into sawmill during the British ruling period. Now it is a  Government Museum and protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India of Karnataka state division.

How to Reach: There is a rail station in Shimoga and from Bangalore you will get train at regular intervals. I went by Bus from Agumbewhich is 95 km far from Shimoga. There are good night bus service from Pune. 

The distance from the Shimoga City Centre mall to Shivappa Nayaka Palace is 1.5 km and I walked this distance. You may hire an auto-rickshaw.

Where to Stay: There are lots of hotels in the surrounding are of Bus stand in 500 - 100 INR per day rate. Otherwise you can book home stay in the nearby villages. 

Related Post : Shimoga or Shivamogga


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