Padmanabhapuram Palace


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Padmanabhapuram Palace Overview

Ranked 7 of 30 sightseeing in Kanyakumari

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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Moix Husain5.0/5

26 reviews

Ne of the best place

this is the one of the best place in tamil nadu.padmanabhapuram was once capital before 1956,this palace is in tamil nadu now but managed by kerala govt. this whole structure made up of wood.and claimed as the largest wooden palace in asia there ia no use of cement.they use lime,coconut and give floor its colour they had used the flowers colour.there is a muesium also adjacent to palace,which includes in single 35rs ticket.there is studenet discount of 25 percent.but it is inspurational structure for architecture students.

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Maneesh Kumar5.0/5

15 reviews

Very Good

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.

Sreesha Divakaran2.5/5

37 reviews


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 awe-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 vinika5.0/5

51 reviews

Ancient Palace

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.

Rashmin Joshi4.6/5

136 reviews

Amazing architecture, Great History and Even Greater King!

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 Rajan4.3/5

134 reviews

Famous palace in TN and Kerala

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 Dave3.2/5

52 reviews

History life

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. The olden things which cannot be seen in the every day life.

Animesh Agarwal5.0/5

3 reviews

Awesome and Serene Palace

A serene palace, unlike other palaces which are decked with jewels and stones. Situated in Thackalay, around 13Km from Nagarcoil. Awesome palace made basically out of wood carvings in between the hills, giving it a great look! There is a museaum 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 explain you all the details of mostly all the places. Great place to visit be it solo or with group!

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Pramod Kakulde5.0/5

2 reviews

Best furnished Palace

Padmanabhapuram Palace is the best architecture palace in 700 years ago.The palace facility & guidelines in the palace by employees is the best ticket of one person is 70 Rs only Architecture of the palace iz mos interesting in the palace Historically the palace has best reason to see with the family

Kiran Bavimani5.0/5

95 reviews

Mesmerising wooden art

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 are reasonable prices. 2 hours in this palace would be well spent.

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