Padmanabhapuram Palace, Kanyakumari

Padmanabhapuram Palace

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About 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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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Maneesh Kumar

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  • Maneesh Kumar
  • Lives in Kollam
  • 11 photos
  • 15 Reviews
  •  1252 readers

"Very Good"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This is a very good place, we like to visit again, the history of Kerala, we can meet lot of things in this palace, very good Padmanabhapuram Palace is a Travancore -era palace located in Padmanabhapuram, Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu. It is owned and maintained by the Government Of Kerala.
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Sreesha Divakaran

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  • Sreesha Divakaran
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 3.5/7
  • Posted Mar 15, 2017
It's huge, but that's about it. The experience was terribly underwhelming. Maybe I am being biased because I had an unpleasant experience here, but even that tells you something about the crowd this place draws. It is massively crowded (I don't know if that's just a weekend thing). Even the architecture was not so spectacular or inspiring - maybe better maintenance would help this place. A few rooms and halls later, our group was pretty much bored.
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Deepika vinika

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  • Deepika vinika
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 51 Reviews
  •  26 helpful votes
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"Ancient Palace"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 13, 2016
Padmanabhapuram Palace is a unique & ancient palace to see. As we imagine palace as so big & royal but at this palace footwear isn't allowed inside because flooring is made of different wood.
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Rashmin Joshi

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  • Rashmin Joshi
  • Lives in Morvi
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"Amazing architecture, Great History and Even Greater King!"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Sep 26, 2016
Very unique wooden palace. It looks beautiful, splendid, Gorgeous. I & My Family stopped by specially to see this palace while we were travelling from Trivendrum/ Thiruvananthpuram to Kanyakumari. A must visit Palace. Read every details mentioned and described with pictorial format and you'd understand the king and his great work in the past and feel pride and proud about such a wonderful ruler, kings & kingdom which ancient India had before British era.
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Arun Rajan

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  • Arun Rajan
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"Famous palace in TN and Kerala"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 8, 2016
It is a very old palace where the Kerala Raja once lived. The palace is very massive and has lot of rooms, a big dining hall, big kitchen, a small temple.

Now this region is in Tamilnadu and it is very near Kanyakumari and Nagercoil. The palace is now maintained by the government and you have an entry fee to go inside and shoot photos.
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Jigar Dave

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  • Jigar Dave
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"History life"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Mar 20, 2016
The place has artifacts from the Maharaj's of the South. The place is more better maintained, because the place is taken care by the trust of the palace. A place with the olden things which cannot be seen in the everyday life.
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Animesh Agarwal

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  • Animesh Agarwal
  • Lives in Lucknow
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"Awesome and Serene Palace"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 31, 2015
A serene Palace, unlike other palaces which are decked with jewels and stones.

Situated in Thuckalay, around 13Km from Nagercoil. Awesome Palace made basically out of wood carvings in between the hills, giving it a great look!

There is a museum attached to the Palace and at all the rooms you have guides (part of the fees - Rs. 35 per adult and Rs. 50 per still camera) available, who explains you all the details of mostly all the places. Great place to visit be it solo or with group!
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Pramod Kakulde

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  • Pramod Kakulde
  • Lives in Dhule
  • 2 Reviews
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"Best furnished Palace"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 15, 2015
Padmanabhapuram Palace is the best architecture Palace in 700 years ago. The Palace facility and guidelines in the Palace by employees is the best ticket of one person is 70 Rs only. Architecture of the Palace is most interesting in the Palace. Historically the Palace has best reason to see with the family.
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Kiran Bavimani

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  • Kiran Bavimani
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Mesmerising wooden art"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 6, 2015
The first thing to mesmerise is the complete wood based ancient Kerala architecture. A guide is optional as you can navigate yourself till the end, unless you are detail oriented. The toilets inside the palace are clean and tidy, the ones near the entrance are horrible and you still need to pay for it. There are shops around selling souvenirs for a reasonable price. 2 hours in this Palace would be well spent.
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Rama c

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"What a life the king has lead"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 7, 2015
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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