Your tour to Karnataka is incomplete without getting acquainted with one of its architectural marvel, Vidhan Saudha. It houses the State Legislative Assembly of Karnataka and part of the Secretariat. Built in the year 1952, it is the largest Secretariat in India. Kengal Hanumanthaiah, the then Chief Minister of Mysore State was entrusted with the responsibility of designing and constructing the Vidhan Soudha. He travelled to Europe, Russia, United States and other countries to collect some ideas for the construction of Vidhan Soudha. The building is a result of the combination of several styles from several buildings across the World.
Its completion took four years and 5000 labourers, 1500 chisellers, masons and wood carvers put in their hard work in giving Vidhan Soudha its present form. Jawahar \lal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India laid the foundation of Vidhan Saudha on July 13, 1951.
Steeped in immense architectural beauty,Vidhan Soudha is one of the perfect example of the richness of the South Indian Dravadian style of architecture. The floral motifs on stone carvings add immense elegance to the establishment. Granite was used for building the Soudha. It is a four storied building spreading across an area of 700 /350 feet. Its central dome has a diameter of 60 feet. Towering pillars and wide steps add beauty to the building.