In an attempt to be shack off its colonial past, Bangalore was given back its former name of Bengaluru, which means ‘City of Boiled Beans’, in 2014. But the old part of the city is a top attraction due to its heritage from the time of British rule in India. The royal palace, for instance, suspiciously resembles Windsor Castle and the cathedral is a copy of the famous St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.
The Kingdom of Mysore was originally an armed-to-the-teeth anti-British stronghold. It was not until 1799, after four bloody years of war, that the colonists succeeded in annexing it into British India as a monarch state. The royal family was allowed to return, but the maharaja became no more than a ceremonial marionette. The British ruled until the formation of the Republic of India in 1947. Mysore then became a state and was later to be named Karnataka. There are three colonial gems here that are worth a detour.