Thirumalai Nayak Palace


14.0/5(28 Ratings)

Thirumalai Nayak Palace Overview

Ranked 6 of 15 sightseeing in Madurai

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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Thirumalai Nayak Palace

Vishnu Katara
26th Apr 17

Thirumalai Nayakar Palace

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Thirumalai Nayak Palace

Senthil Kumar
19th Dec 17

Good view

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Thirumalai Nayak Palace

19th Dec 17

Palace is good but not maintaining

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Thirumalai Nayak Palace

Pradeep Ramachandran
14th Oct 17

What travellers are saying about Thirumalai Nayak Palace

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  • Very Good 5
  • Average 3
  • Good 3
  • Excellent 2
  • Below Average 1
  • Terrible 0
  • Poor 0
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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Operating hours

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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Reviews and Ratings

Saranya Devanathan

Saranya Devanathan3.2/5

404 reviews

Mosquito repellent for sound and light show

The Tamil sound and light show starts late at 8 pm. Last show - ends around 8:40 pm. The tickets will be given only after 7:45 pm. In the office. The office also is a part of the palace - not maintained at all. Fans are fixed in tall roofs. Cobwebs are there all over. The floor is not swept. Rs. 25 tickets for adults given from a machine. If you need to wait for the show, it is better to sit in the ecopark in the same complex - not in the office. The show is in chaste Tamil - if you know only colloquial Tamil, you can appreciate only half of it. The surround sound is very good. The songs by famous singers are there. Hardly 10 persons were there during Tamil show. There were plenty of chairs in open yard of the palace. Full of mosquitoes. Better to smear Odomos so that you can appreciate the show. The palace inside is clean and well maintained. There is a small eatery with all snacks and famous jigirthanda outside. Buses, share autos are available just outside the palace.

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Pradeep Ramachandran

Pradeep Ramachandran2.9/5

225 reviews

Average palace

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.
  • Average palace
  • Average palace
  • Average palace
  • Average palace



38 reviews

Nice historical palace ..

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

Chandan kumar bhattacharjee2.9/5

5 reviews

Good place to know history

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.

Ashwathi Kaimal

Ashwathi Kaimal4.3/5

30 reviews

Sound and light show

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

Dhanesh Kumar3.6/5

50 reviews

Nice to see

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.

Shijo Thomas

Shijo Thomas3.6/5

40 reviews

Not so big but still a palace

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.
  • Not so big but still a palace
  • Not so big but still a palace
  • Not so big but still a palace
  • Not so big but still a palace

Arun Gurusamy

Arun Gurusamy4.3/5

1 review

Light show in palace

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.

Gowri Sa

Gowri Sa4.3/5

7 reviews

Guides available during day and light show in the evening

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.

Purshottam Maheshwari

Purshottam Maheshwari2.1/5

12 reviews

Waste of time

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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Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Madurai

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Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Madurai
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Shijo Thomas

Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Madurai
Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Madurai

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Vishnu Katara

Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Madurai