Padmanabhapuram Palace, Kanyakumari
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Padmanabhapuram Palace

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The Padmanabhapuram Palace of Kanyakumari, a symbol of rich cultural heritage, is one of the chief attractions of Tamil Nadu. Padmanabhapuram Palace is located in Padmanabhapuram village of Kanyakumari District, nearby Thuckalay, at a distance of about 15 km from Nagercoil and 55 km from Thiruvananthapuram.

Padmanabhapuram Palace is rated among the top ten palaces in the world. The Rajas of Travancore ruled the city of Travancore from this fort till 1790. Later the capital of Travancore was shifted from Padmanabhapuram to Thiruvananthapuram, situated in the adjacent state of Kerala.

Padmanabhapuram Palace that spread over a sprawling 6 acres is situated at the foot of Veli Hills of Western Ghats. This Palace was built by Iravipillai Iravivarma Kulasekhara Perumal in the 17th century. Padmanabhapuram Palace is mostly a wooden structure that exhibits the traditional architectural style of Kerala.  

The walls of the palace have wooden planks which have carvings of Anantasayana, which depicts Lord Vishnu in a reclined pose on the serpent lord, Ananta. The floor of the palace is made of burnt coconut shells, laterite, lime and sand. The wooden ceiling has carvings of 90 different floral designs.

The ‘Navarathri Mandapam’ within the hall of the palace, which is 66 feet long and 27 feet wide, is made of black granite. The Council chamber is a famous section in the Palace. The King's Council is coloured with mica and it has several windows. The Council is also noteworthy for the intricate latticework done on its inner walls and for the floor made of coconut shells and egg white.

The King's quarters or the Upparika malika of Padmanabhapuram Palace was built in 1744 AD, by Marthanda Verma. The courtyard leading to Upparika malika was used as a parade ground for the recruitment of soldiers.

The inner walls of the Prayer Hall are adorned with about 50 murals that depict Lord Vishnu with his consorts and Lord Krishna with gopikas. Several paintings depicting significant incidents from the life of Marthanda Verma can be seen on the walls of the corridor leading to the guest house.  

Today, Padmanabhapuram Palace of Kanyakumari is being looked after by the Archeological Department of Kerala.

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  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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John Felix
  • John Felix
  • Lives in Pune
  • 11 Reviews

"The old things are displayed"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Very well built with wood and tiles. This palace so awesome to see, you can see Kings discussion room, Queens room and main part is you can see kitchen with the old things. You can realize the how the king was lived. Historical and provide good cultural view on this place.
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  • 3 votes

Chrysann Pereira
  • Chrysann Pereira
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 42 photos
  • 16 Reviews

"Only the wood works"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
This is a palace full of wood, everything is made up of wood, from the pillars to the roof, interior carvings, etc. the flooring is full of natural material no cement. A very huge place.
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Anurag Sharma
  • Anurag Sharma
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 photo
  • 7 Reviews

"Very large architecture"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Very large palace and this showcases the history, heritage and the architectural skills of the Indians. But the irritating part is you should go in a queue you cannot roam wherever direction you want and the most interesting part is you should walk around 3-4 kms. Overall it may be ground floor or 1st floor or 2nd floor it would take 2-3 hrs to visit this palace I would recommend you to visit if you would like to spend the whole time walking.
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Sanjay Sivadas
  • Sanjay Sivadas
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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 photos
  • 7 Reviews

"The largest wooden palace in Asia"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted Feb 2, 2015
This erstwhile seat of power of the rulers of Travancore, about 35 kilometres from Kanyakumari, it happens to be the largest wooden palace in Asia. Do look out for the four-poster bed medicinal bed that is made out of wood cut from 67 types of medicinal trees.
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Senthil
  • Senthil
  • 5 Reviews

"Palace has beautiful wooden carvings"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted Aug 6, 2014
Beautiful wooden carvings and one can get knowledge about the lifestyle of king and his family. The palace is very big and guides are available to show the specialties of the palace.
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Akhersh Johnson
  • Akhersh Johnson
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 6 Reviews

"Get a taste of the bygone kings and their heritage"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Jul 13, 2014
Nice place to visit. Get a taste of the bygone kings and their heritage.
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  • 7 votes

Sabari Nath
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  • 3 Reviews

"A good historical monument"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted Jul 13, 2014
A good historical monument. Must watch one. The palace was built by the Travancore king. Many movies have been shot here.
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  • 4 votes

Roopa Mohan
  • Roopa Mohan
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews

"A wonderful artwork and a splendid collection of antiques"

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted Jul 12, 2014
One can witness a wonderful artwork and a splendid collection of antiques. The architecture is a master piece. Outside temperatures have no effect on the interiors, and it's usually pretty cool. Take a leisurely tour to enjoy the beauty of this palace.
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Suraj
  • Suraj
  • 2 Reviews

"Don't miss the place"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted May 10, 2014
Amazing place to visit. The palace and the history behind the palace is amazing. The artifacts on display are awesome. The guides are very good and well informed. Do not miss this place.
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Deepak
  • Deepak
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  • 2 Reviews

"Holiday tour of South India"

  • 4.00/7
  • Posted Mar 29, 2014
Very fine palace and every Indian has to visit this place. This place attracts a lot of people from around the world.
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