Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Madurai

Thirumalai Nayak Palace

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About Thirumalai Nayak Palace

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    • Entry: Paid
    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • 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

Thirumalai Nayak Palace was built in 16th century by Nayak ruler Thirumalai Nayak. This palace depicts beautiful Indo-Sarcenic architecture. The main highlight of the palace is the light and sound show which is based on the life of Silapathikaram and Tirumalai Nayak.

Originally, the temple was four times bigger than what is present today. The palace consists of 248 pillars, each 58 feet in height. The ceiling of the palace has paintings depicting Shaivite and Vaishnavite themes. Moreover, the stucco architecture works on the domes and arches of the palace exhibit architectural mastery.

Furthermore, items like furniture and utensils used by the kings are displayed in the palace. The major attractions of the palace are the entrance gate, dancing hall and the main hall. The palace was renovated in 1866-72 by Lord Napier.


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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Vishnu Katara

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  • Posted Apr 26, 2017
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Senthil Kumar

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  • Posted 4 weeks ago
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  • Posted 4 weeks ago
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Pradeep Ramachandran

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  • Posted 3 months ago
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Pradeep Ramachandran

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  • Pradeep Ramachandran
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 914 photos
  • 193 Reviews
  •  75 helpful votes
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"Average palace"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Good historical place but authorities are not maintaining. It was build in 17th century and now a days many parts are falling down. Govt or ASI need to take high attention on this place it was built with french architecture. Entry fee 19 Rs and Mobile camera 30 rs.
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Payalgangwal

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  •  42 helpful votes
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"Nice historical palace .."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 17, 2017
Tirumalai nayaks palace situated in Madurai and approximate 1. 5 km away from meenakshi Amman temple .. This palace was build by nayaks dynasty rular tirumalai nayak ... Palace have perfect example of Dravidian architecture ... This palace have a lillte museum inside it ... Palace have too many huge pillars approximate 80 feet in height ... Which is perfect European and italian style of architecture ... Light and sound show include music performance also held at palace at every evening in English and tamil languages narrates the story of nayak dynasty rulars include tamil literature ... Show timings are between 6 to 8:30 ... Nice architectural example.
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Chandan kumar bhattacharjee

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  • 5 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Good place to know history"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Mar 13, 2017
It is the monument which gives the glimpses of history of Madurai. Sadly, most of the depictions are in Tamil which only a person having knowledge of Tamil can understand. There is a throne in the hall. Again the history about is not known due to no depiction.
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Ashwathi Kaimal

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  • Ashwathi Kaimal
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Sound and light show"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 8, 2017
The palace is a reminder of our kings and rulers and there is a beautiful sound and light in the evening that narrates the story of the palace and the King Tirumalai Nayakar. The palace just part of the remains of the actual structure. There is an entry fee to see the palace and a small museum of old artifacts are also on the display. I had to visit the place during day time to see the palace and once again the evening for the sound and light show.
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Dhanesh Kumar

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  • Lives in Lucknow
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"Nice to see"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 24, 2016
It is a Palace nice to see, but the facilities are of below standard, you can just have a look. Take beautiful photographs of the sculptural beauty. You can find street shoppers inside and outside the boundary but the things available are of lesser use.
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Shijo Thomas

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  • Shijo Thomas
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  • Lives in Bangalore
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  •  7 helpful votes
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"Not so big but still a palace"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 5, 2016
Built in 17th century, by Thirumalai Nayak, it's situated at a distance of 2 kms from Meenakshi temple. Current structure is only one fourth of the original Palace, rest was destroyed over time in various wars. Restored partially by the British, this Palace is now a national monument and a must visit in your trip to Madurai.
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Arun Gurusamy

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  • Lives in Madurai
  • 1 Review
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"Light show in palace"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 13, 2015
It is an amazing 16th century palace built by the king Thirumalai Nayakar. The palace has huge pillars and many Indian films are taken here. There is also a small museum inside the palace which shows the life of 16th century. At around 6:30 pm there is a special Light and Sound show and don't miss it out.
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Gowri Sa

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"Guides available during day and light show in the evening"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 24, 2015
Visited the mahal around 7 pm. There was light and sound show demonstrating the old Nayak king's court scenes, their conversation etc. The huge pillars are marvellous; made of lime and stone -at that time no cement or concrete or iron rods etc. It also has Romanian floral designs. I understood that during daytime, visitors can go around the Mahal. Guides are available.
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Purshottam Maheshwari

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  • Purshottam Maheshwari
  • Lives in Aurangabad
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"Waste of time"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted Jul 17, 2015
If you are having free time in Madurai and nothing to be done than visit this place. Inside the palace there's nothing, only a big hall and small museum was there which is not maintained.
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Vignesh Murali

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"Surrounding is clean to see"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 23, 2015
Cleaned surrounding, good to see the arts which was drawn under the roof / tomb. Especially evening 8pm - Light show with Thirumalai Nayakar country rule story in Audio.
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