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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Jigar Dave

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  • Jigar Dave
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 14 Reviews
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"History life"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  520 readers

"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
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  1209 readers

"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
  • 140 photos
  • 68 Reviews
  •  16 helpful votes
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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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  • Lives in Chennai
  • 6 Reviews
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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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Blgn Blgn

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"Excellent place to have a visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 5, 2015
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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  • John Felix
  • Lives in Pune
  • 11 Reviews
  •  96 helpful votes
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"The old things are displayed"

  • 6.5/7
  • 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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  • Chrysann Pereira
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 28 Reviews
  •  62 helpful votes
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"Only the wood works"

  • 7.0/7
  • 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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  • Anurag Sharma
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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  • 7 Reviews
  •  58 helpful votes
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"Very large architecture"

  • 7.0/7
  • 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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  • Sanjay Sivadas
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  • Lives in Bangalore
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  •  15 helpful votes
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"The largest wooden palace in Asia"

  • 6.5/7
  • 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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