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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Palace and Museum, Padmanabhapuram - 119

The museum has an amazing collection of wooden architecture, coins and stone sculptures.

Guys, Padmanabhapuram Palace and Museum is located in Thuckalay, 64 km from Thiruvananthapuram and situated in Tamilnadu, a neighbouring State.

A glorious wooden palace of the 16th century, Padmanabhapuram Palace lies at the land's end of mainland India. An enticing piece to any lover of art and architecture this old palace of the Rajas of at a previous time Travancore (1550 to 1750 AD) is a fine specimen of Kerala's endemic style of architecture.

The age-old interiors are instinct with complex rosewood carvings and sculptured decor. The palace also contains 17th and 18th century murals. Everyone can see here the musical bow in mahogany, windows with coloured mica, royal chairs with Chinese carvings, 'Thaikkottaram' or the Queen Mother's palace with painted ceilings, rose wood and teak carved ceilings with 90 different floral designs.

One more point I would like to add here is, if you entered in Durbar Hall, a shiny black floor specially made from a combination of egg white, jaggery lime, burnt coconut, charcoal and river sand, granite tubs to cool curd and buttermilk, secret underground passages, the King's bedroom with a four poster medicinal bed, mural paintings, pictures of Lord Krishna, hanging brass lanterns lit continuously since the 18th century, hanging cage through which eagles tore criminals to death, open air swimming bath, the King's sister's dressing room, granite dance hall, SPadmanabhapuram Palace, Kerala Travelaraswathi (goddess of knowledge) temple, large earthen urns, room for scribes and accountants, carved figures on columns holding oil lamps, pooja (worship) rooms with jack fruit tree columns, fish carvings on the ceilings, enormous teak beams, Belgian mirrors and an outer Cyclops stone wall fitted together without howitzer.

The visitor is frequently flooded out by the royal quality that outshines the usual of former Travancore. Though the palace is situated in Kanyakumari district of Tamilnadu State, it comes under the horizon of the Government of Kerala's administration.

You can visit here from 09:00 am to 05:00 pm on all days except Mondays.

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