Padmanabhapuram Palace

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Padmanabhapuram, India

Padmanabhapuram Palace Reviews

joehobo joehobo
142 reviews
A small wonder Oct 16, 2012
In the 15th century or so the Travancore dynasty finding the political turmoil centering around Cochin and Trivandrum too unsafe founded this palace along the banks of a mountain river and among'st the hills in the western ghats in the southern most tip of the south Indian peninsula.The dynasty was able to administer its kingdom for a few centuries from this seat until an assassination attempt upon the king and rebellion from the local Tamil communities followed by the power of the British and Dutch forces forced the court to move to Trivandrum and use this place as a summer residence. Surrounded by greenery and coconut plantations midst a town evolving within the Palace grounds,the original palace is still intact,well maintained and a small yet valuable find. Paying a small fee for person and for a camera one can spend time imagining the lifestyle and culture of the kingdom that once prevailed.

A terracotta tiled two storey 4 kilometer circumference palace built of Granite, red bricks, limestone mortar;polished flooring made from a mixture of burnt coconut shells, eggs with limestone and sand mortar; exclusively carved and sculpted figurines in wood panels will enthrall one for sure.The palace is almost a wooden Palace as the construction is basically wood based.The architecture,sloped roofs and large dormeterries and dinning halls speaks of the thousands who lived here and the lavishly styled rooms Temple and gardens tell us the luxury of the royalty.

The maintenance staff working herein very proudly narrate the history, lifestyle and uniqueness of the Palace in Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi and English which helps us learn the best out of the trip.Photography is not prohibited and there are a large number of things you would like to still catch and preserve and cherish.This Palace is accessible by road. Buses from Trivandrum or Kanyakumari drop you off at the highway and you can get to the palace by walking about 2 km or by an auto rickshaw or tuk tuk. If you are travelling by car there is a car park and you are at the doors of the palace in no time.Toilet facilities help keep the area free from being dirtied and the palace grounds are also constantly swept and kept clean.There are shops selling tender coconut,tea and short snacks.Drinking water bottles,affordable souvenirs costing only a few cents and locally made handicrafts are also an added attraction. Spoons, laddels and small time games for children all made in wood was what I liked best.

The palace offers an enchanting view of the surrounding greenery and ghats and is very eco friendly and cool.Well ventilated and sufficiently bright it offers the best one could make from locally available building material.This may also be termed an yet to be discovered jewel strung among the southern most tip of Tamilnadu.
The clock tower showing the time o…
The entrance to the royal enclave.
Kings court
The view of the western ghats
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Nair2011 Nair2011
242 reviews
Kerala style architecture Feb 15, 2012
Padmanabhapuram is located 55 Kms south of Trivandrum, capital of Keral and on the way to Kanyakumari and bout 35 Kms from Kanyakumari on the Trivandrum-Cape Comerin road. Maharaja Marthanda Varma's fort, now a museum is the attraction in this village. This 7 acres palace is in Tamilnadu district and Archaeological Department of Kerala Government is maintaining the same.

Guides are available at every important place of the palace to explain the importance of the same in Malayalam, Tamil and English.

The entrance hall wooden ceiling is carved with lotus design is nice. We can see one of the oldest clock towers too at the entrance. A lamp, chair and a rock diwan can be seen while getting into the fort.

Discussion between King and minister use to happen at first floor. same place named as Poomuham. We can see some good wood work and floor made with coconut ashes mix reflects like a mirror. Next to this place is dancing hall for royal family. We can see a huge hall next on the way is Uttupura where King use to feed 2000 poor people every day.

The most attractive building in the whole palace is the Uppirika Malika. We can see a wooden cot made of 64 medicinal plants, on which Maharaja used to sleep in first floor. Dutch East India Company presented this cot to the king in 1750. Performance use to take place in Navarathri Mandapa. This Nayakar style architecture has a seperate section for queen to sit and watch the same.

This place is a must visit and help us to understand the kings life style who ruled Tranvancore. Entrance fee Rs 25 for Indian nationals and 5USD for others.
Lamp at entrace
Rock diwan
Wooden carved ceiling
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spocklogic says:
I am always interested in Kerala ways, having been in this province of India myself. Amazing how prosperous it is compared to other parts of India.
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012

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