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Thursday, 24 January 2019

Padmanabhapuram Palace in Travancore Kingdom

Visit to Padmanabhapuram Palace
It was a pleasant experience for us visiting the Padmanabhapuram Palace which is located in Kanyakumari district, Tamilnadu. It was a family trip planned for a day during our vacation and we thoroughly enjoyed seeing the historical monument and get to know the Travancore Kingdom in detail. The Padmanabhapuram palace was built around 1601AD by then ruler Iravi Varma Kulasekhara Perumal and then rebuilt by the King Marthanda Varma. Though this palace is situated within Tamilnadu state, it is owned and maintained by the Kerala Government. We spent about 5 hours going around the Padmanabhapuram Palace and listening to the briefing by the tourist’ guide within the palace. After seeing the rosewood carvings, sculptures we realized that the Padmanabhapuram palace is the true reflection of Kerala’s unique marvelous of architecture. There is no particular dress code required to visit this palace, but we need to leave our footwear outside.

Visit to Padmanabhapuram Palace

Location: Padmanabhapuram palace is located nearby a small town named ‘Thuckalay’, about 20 KM from Nagercoil in Kanyakumari district, Tamilnadu, India. This place ‘Padmanabhapuram’ is known as formal capital of Kingdom of Travancore.

How to reach: This palace is well connected by road from Nagercoil and Thiruvanathapuram via Thuckalay. The town Thuckalay is located on the Nagercoil and Thiruvanathapuram (Trivandrum) road.

  • Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport, Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala (65 KM)
  • Nearest Railway station: Nagercoil (20 KM)
  • From Kanyakumari: 40 KM

Visiting Hours: 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM (No entry between 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM)

Holidays: Monday and all Indian National holidays

Entrance Fee:

Adult                                      - Rs. 35
Children (5 – 12 years)          - Rs. 10
Adult (Foreign National)       - Rs. 300
Children (Foreign National)  - Rs. 100
Camera                                  - Rs. 50
Video Camera                       - Rs. 2500

Languages Spoken: Tamil, Malayalam and English are widely known languages

Weather: Average Temperature in a year ranging from 22 °C to 30 °C (December is the coldest and May is the hottest)

Accommodation: Various hotels and resorts available in all budgets around Nagercoil, Kanyakumari, Marthandam and Thiruvanathapuram.

Visit to Padmanabhapuram Palace



Visit to Padmanabhapuram Palace

Key features:

This palace is known for the traditional Kerala style architecture with rosewood carvings interiors. The beauty of this historic marvel attracts tourists from all part of the World to witness the complex wooden structures, design and style of bygone Kingdom era. This palace consists of large halls, big rooms filled with brass lamps, Chinese jars, weapons and antique wooden furniture. 

The entrance of this palace has a triangular arch which leads to other areas named Mantrasala, Natakasala, Thai Kottaram and Central Mansion.

Mantrasala – This is one of the beautiful chambers in the palace, with attractive carvings all over the room. The King takes important decisions from this chamber along with his ministers. This chamber has pleasant breeze with fresh air, the specially designed windows keeps the dust and heat away. The ceiling and beams in this chamber has fine carvings all over.

Visit to Padmanabhapuram Palace

Visit to Padmanabhapuram Palace

Natakasala – This is the performance hall from where King and guest sit and watch the artist’s performance. This hall has shiny black floor, and wooden area on the top with peep holes on it. Those days the women are not allowed to come to performance hall, they sit and watch the performance through this holes attached to this wooden area.

Thai Kottaram – The oldest structure in the palace built with nalukettu style structure. The key attraction in this room is a pillar made up of single wood with fine engravings all around.

Central Mansion – This is the four storey structure well connected with each other by wooden steps. The ground floor is the royal treasury, first floor has King’s bedroom, second floor is study room and the top floor is the worship chamber. The cot in the King’s bedroom is made up of 64 types of medicinal and herbal woods.

The rare exhibits in this palace are Kuthirakaran Vilakku (Horseman lamp), a Chinese chair presented to the King by the visitors, a room filled with Chinese jars gifted by Chinese merchants, brass lamps, stone and wood sculptures, large mirrors, gallery of paintings, polished stone cot and a clock tower named Manimalika which still keeps the time even after 300+ years

This is one of the must visit place to experience the culture of Indian Kingdom in previous era, good to add in your itinerary if you are planning for a trip to India.

6 comments:

  1. Pleased you enjoyed this family trip.
    Many thanks for sharing the experience, the photographs and the information.

    All the best Jan

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  2. It looks fascinating. Thank you for taking us along.

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  3. Hello, thanks for the information. Have a nice day! xx

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  4. Never heard of this before so found the post really interesting

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  5. Thanks for the "trip" it's nice to view the place through your lovely photos :)

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