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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Rama c

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  • Rama c
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 6 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
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"What a life the king has lead" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Have you ever imagined, why the kings of those days were fit and had good physic? I figured it out by visiting this palace. It's about 4 kilometer long around and walking all the distance at least 4 times a day will drain all the fat and retain your blood sugar level normal. And it resulted in dehydration and wet shirt for me.

The palace has all the historic products used by the king and his family. They were all pure and beautiful. These people maintain it perfectly and they also explain what is what.

They also have a museum where govt maintains weapons and outfits which were used by King and soldiers.

Also there was a dinning room where they provide food for minimum 1000 people (I think people in that place never had the opportunity to cook).

I came across an interesting fact about the king's clan, it is "the current king of palace will not marry". Which means who ever is the king of that period will not marry and they has to live bachelor forever.
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Blgn Blgn

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"Excellent place to have a visit" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Built by travancore king. Beautiful structure which remind us of the old structures and weapons used in those periods. Different timber used for making different things in palace. Good painting about battle of colachel. Better place to visit. It is safe and have a visit with family, friends and more. Overall, nice place to visit.
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John Felix

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  • Lives in Pune
  • 11 Reviews
  •  89 helpful votes
  •  6508 readers

"The old things are displayed"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted Apr 7, 2015
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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Chrysann Pereira

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  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 28 Reviews
  •  55 helpful votes
  •  15226 readers

"Only the wood works"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Mar 1, 2015
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

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  •  56 helpful votes
  •  8742 readers

"Very large architecture"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Feb 8, 2015
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

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  •  15 helpful votes
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"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

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"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

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  • 6 Reviews
  •  24 helpful votes
  •  5624 readers

"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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Sabari Nath

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"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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Roopa Mohan

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"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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