Tourists are 'recommended' to visit the beautiful heritage building, Lalitha (also Lalita) Mahal, situated in the foot of Chamundi Hills. This mahal was specially built by Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV in 1921 for the Viceroy of India. E.W. Fritchley from Mumbai designed the mansion, showcasing Renaissance style architecture with English manor and Italian palazzo.
Presently, the mansion has changed into a five-star hotel by the Tourist Development Corporation of the Government of India. This royal hotel serves its guests with a great hospitality equivalent to the origin of the mansion. Although the mansion has been converted into the hotel, nevertheless the original palace is still preserved.
Everything from the viceroy room to the dancing hall and banquet hall to the Italian marble staircase is well maintained. Currently, dancing and banquet halls are used as the dining and meeting rooms. Along with ancient portraits and furniture, the hotel also has upgraded conveniences to ensure the comfort of guests.
Tourists can also enjoy tea and cocktail parties at the lawn that features beautiful fountains with adequate parking space.