This was a huge ditch that changed the way the
looked. The change occurred in the last month of the 19th Century and Mysore Palace looked transformed from then on. Mysore
It is now spruced up and looks as ravishing as the Lalbagh and Cubbon Park of Bangalore. The only difference is that this is not as big as the two parks of
Today, it is known as the
Curzon Park and it was commissioned by the Wodeyars, the rulers of , to commemorate the visit of Viceroy of British India Lord George Curzon. Mysore
Curzon was the Viceroy of India from 1899 to 1905 and he visited
in December 1900. The Wodeyars had the ditch in front of the Amba Vilas or main palace filled up and commissioned a garden. Mysore
They named it
and it was opened in December 1900 to mark the first visit of the Viceroy. By then, the construction of the Curzon Park was underway for three years and its boundaries were being demarcated. Amba Vilas Palace
The vast open space in front of the palace was filled up with earth and the garden began taking shape. This plan to give the city a new garden started in the 1890s itself.
The ditch was actually a moat but by then there was no need for such a defensive mechanism. It goes to the credit of the Wodeyars and the City administration that they decided to put the moat to better use.
Lord Curzon came to
Mysore on November 30, 1900, and toured the erstwhile for 10 days. He visited Srirangapatna, Kakanakote, Mysore State and KGF. The red silk cotton tree (Kempu Boorugada Mara) in the park which is now a heritage tag was planted by Curzon. Bangalore
There are at least eight other trees in the open space which have survived the vagaries of Nature for more than 110 years. A huge neem tree here is also more than a century old. Unfortunately, another equally old tree-a mango tree-which was near the bus stand, was felled.
The park is spread over 7.5 acres and it has been renovated with ornamental plants, exotic flowers, walking track, children's playground, cascading waterfalls and Bonsai exhibits.
So after a visit to the palace, enjoy a walk in the garden and look up the old trees.