Padmanabhapuram Palace


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Padmanabhapuram Palace Overview

Ranked 2 of 39 sightseeing in Trivandrum(Thiruvananthapuram)

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 DayLength of visit: 2-3hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Monday - Friday:
9:00 AM -5:00 PM
9:00 AM -5:00 PM
9:00 AM -5:00 PM
Public Holidays:
9:00 AM -5:00 PM

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Kevin John

Kevin John4.6/5

43 reviews

Magnificent !!

A great place to take a trip down memory lane. It is quite far from the city. Many movies were shot there. A great place for a day trip with friends and family.

Arun Rajan

Arun Rajan4.3/5

140 reviews

Big ancient palace

Padmanabhapuram palace is an ancient palace where Travancore Raja lived. The palace is very big and it is preserved, protected by the government.The palace is very big. You can learn about the ancient methods used in cooking, air conditioning and designing.You have to pay 35 for entry and 50 for taking photos. Please carry water with you. The eatables are charged high above MRP.
  • Big ancient palace
  • Big ancient palace
  • Big ancient palace
  • Big ancient palace

Ganesh Subramanian

Ganesh Subramanian4.3/5

4 reviews

A very good place to visit

An ancient palace managed by Kerala government even though it is located in Tamil Nadu. Guides available to explain the various features/ highlights of the palace.
  • A very good place to visit

Saurabh raj singh

Saurabh raj singh5.0/5

7 reviews

Very well-designed using wood

In Padmanabhapuram Palace and Sri Padmanabha Temple, you will find similarity in design as it is built by same king. Maybe it looks small from inside but it's huge. Very well designed and use of perfect wood work. Many foreign country mirrors and other things used. You can find good guides inside (free of cost), explaining things in detail, very nicely. There is also a museum inside.Note: Don't go nearest restaurant for lunch/dinner. Its a trap. They will say unlimited food/meals but give you very little amount and repeatedly saying extra cost money. Food quality is worst believe me and cost is too high.Judge yourself.

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Srinivasasn Subramanian

Srinivasasn Subramanian4.3/5

8 reviews

A place worth visiting and very near to Padmanabha Temple

Beautiful wood work. Guide is provided by the administrator. The guide takes you inside, after certain number of people accumulate. This takes about 30-40 min.

Kiran Bavimani

Kiran Bavimani4.3/5

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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  • Mesmerising wooden art

Joji Joseph

Joji Joseph4.3/5

201 reviews

Kerala's architectural visualization of the 17th Century

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

Sankara Narayanan4.3/5

1 review

A temple to be visited

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

Govindan Naganathan4.6/5

163 reviews

Great place to visit

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.

Vishnu Kumar

Vishnu Kumar5.0/5

3 reviews

Dhoti without shirt is the dress code

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.

Photos of Padmanabhapuram Palace

Padmanabhapuram Palace, Trivandrum(Thiruvananthapuram)

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Kiran Bavimani

The palace view
Padmanabhapuram Palace, Trivandrum(Thiruvananthapuram)

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Arun Rajan

Windows for queen
Padmanabhapuram Palace, Trivandrum(Thiruvananthapuram)

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Arun Rajan

Palace inside
Padmanabhapuram Palace, Trivandrum(Thiruvananthapuram)

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Arun Rajan

Palace entrance

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