Padmanabhapuram Palace, Thiruvananthapuram
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Padmanabhapuram Palace

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    • Entry: Paid
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM , Saturday: 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM , Sunday: 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM , Public Holidays: 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Padmanabhapuram Palace, located within the Padmanabhapuram Fort of Padmanabhapuram Village in Thuckalay, is a major tourist attraction near Thiruvananthapuram. The palace is regarded among the top ten palaces of the world and is located at a distance of 64 km from Thiruvananthapuram. The erstwhile seat of the Travancore Empire, Padmanabhapuram is located at the foothills of Veli, the hilly extensions of the Western Ghats.

Padmanabhapuram Palace is a fine example of traditional Kerala style of architecture. Built in 1601 using a unique combination of egg whites, jaggery, lime, burnt coconuts, charcoal and river sand, Padmanabhapuram Palace is famous for its carved mahogany ceilings, coloured mica windows, secret underground passages, inner courtyards, museum, granite dance halls, etc.

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  • Best Time:  During Sunrise
  • Length of visit:  2-3hrs
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Kiran Bavimani

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  • Kiran Bavimani
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 7 photos
  • 17 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
  •  1655 readers

"Mesmerising wooden art" new review

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
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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Joji Joseph

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  • Joji Joseph
  • Lives in Cochin
  • 46 photos
  • 85 Reviews
  •  130 helpful votes
  •  14204 readers

"Kerala's architectural visualization of the 17th Century"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Padmanabhapuram Palace lies at the end of mainland India Kanyakumari which was a part of Kerala state and now is in Tamil Nadu State. Though the palace is situated in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu State, it comes under the Government of Kerala's administration.

The antique interiors stuffed with elaborate rosewood carvings and sculptured decor, 17th and 18th century murals, the musical bow in mahogany, windows with colored mica, royal chairs with Chinese carvings, the Queen Mother's palace, the King's bedroom with a four poster medicinal bed,, pooja (worship) rooms, fish carvings on the ceilings, enormous teak beams, Belgian mirrors. All make this old palace a fascinating construction to any lover of art and architecture of Kerala's indigenous style of structural design.
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Sankara Narayanan

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  • 1 Review
  •  4 helpful votes
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"A temple to be visited"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted Feb 26, 2015
This is a must visit temple for Hindus. Built by Travancore Maharajas of yore to offer their prayers, the legend has it that there is a secret entrance and passage for the royal family to visit the temple from their Palace to offer poojas and prayers unhindered from public gaze. There is no fee for entry and there are friendly security staff to guide and control the crowd. The sanctum sanctorum is surrounded by lengthy pathways dotted with sculptures of other deities which will be of interest to those who like archeology.
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Govindan Naganathan

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  • Govindan Naganathan
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  •  381 helpful votes
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"Great place to visit"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted Feb 3, 2014
Padamanabhapuram Palace is situated at a distance of about 90 Kms. from Kovalam. The palace is constructed entirely of wood. Every hall in the palace has a story and a helpful guide posted in the hall gives you all information. One moves from hall to hall with well directed arrows. It takes about 2/3 hours to see the palace.
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Vishnu Kumar

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  • 3 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  2373 readers

"Dhoti without shirt is the dress code"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Dec 22, 2013
It is famous God in India. We must wear dothi without shirt in this temple. But temple provided these clothes at affordable price on rent basis.
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Abin k babu

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  • 9 Reviews
  •  56 helpful votes
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"Architectural excellence"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted Oct 17, 2013
One of the most wonderful historical architectural excellence in Kerala.
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Venekatesh

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"Good place"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Oct 11, 2013
Good temple, nice place, next time i will visit this holy place with my family members.
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Sajiv Kumar

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  • Sajiv Kumar
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  • Lives in Ghaziabad
  • 6 photos
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  •  5 helpful votes
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"Loved it!"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Sep 24, 2013
Serenity at its best. The temple is maintained impeccably and the crowd is well managed.
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Abc Xyz

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  • Lives in Pune
  • 4 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  3598 readers

"Kings palace - Padmanabhapuram"

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted Sep 23, 2013
A person can visit this place while going to Kanyakumari from Thiruvananthapuram. The entire palace is constructed with wood.
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Sampath kumar Veeraraghavan

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  • 21 Reviews
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"A beautiful big temple!"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Sep 20, 2013
The temple must be a very old one built beautifully in a vast area. The presiding deity Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu in lying (sayanam)pose beautifully carved. The temple premises are well maintained by the Travancore Dewaswom. The temple attracts many tourists who come to the city. An attraction not to be missed and to take Lord Vishnu blessings. There are special Darshan costing a nominal fee of Rs.150/- for a person and Rs.180/- for two. Otherwise the Darshan is free.
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