Padmanabhapuram Palace Kanyakumari

 Padmanabhapuram Palace is a Travancore era palace located in Padmanabhapuram, Kalkulam taluk of Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu. It is also known as Kalkulam Palace. Padmanabhapuram is the former capital city of the erstwhile Hindu Kingdom of Travancore.

The Palace will open 9.00 AM and will close by 4.30 PM and Monday remain closed. Good heritage site to visit with family and kids. Lots of historical data and the experience with guides good. The architectural design of the palace is mind-blowing and challenging the modern era. Do not visit this place if you're in a hurry. Spend some time and visit during weekdays and non-Holidays.  For street parking they charging 60rupees. If you want to take photos you have pay 50 rupees. Otherwise, you cant use ur mobile cam also.

Asia's largest wooden palace. Excellent palace complex! 14 buildings/palaces built by 14 kings!. As an architect exploring the architectural details and intricate woodworks of the palace. It consists of utmost heritage and cultural value. The flooring techniques, wooden jalli works, Columns, roof trusses depict the vernacular style of the region. 

The four-storeyed building is located at the center of the palace complex. The ground floor houses the royal treasury. The first floor houses the King's bedrooms. The ornamental bedstead is made of 64 types of herbal and medicinal woods and was a gift from the Dutch merchants. Most of the rooms here and in other parts of the palace complex have built-in recesses in walls for storing weapons like swords and daggers. The second floor houses the King's resting and study rooms. Here the King used to spend time during fasting days. The top floor (called upparikka Malika) served as the worship chamber of the royal household. Its walls are covered with exquisite 18th-century murals, depicting scenes from the Puranas, and also few scenes from the social life of the Travancore of that time. The top floor was supposed to be Sree Padmanabha Swamy's room. This building was constructed during the reign of King Marthandavarma. He was also designated as Padmanabha Dasa and used to rule the Travancore kingdom as a servant of Sree Padmanabha Swamy.

Notable Thing via Wiki

The clock tower in the palace complex has a 300-year-old clock, which still keeps time.
A big hall now bare, which can accommodate around 1000 guests, and where ceremonial feasts were held, on auspicious occasions.
An entire room filled with old Chinese jars, all gifts by Chinese merchants.
A variety of weapons (which were actually used in warfare), including swords and daggers.
Brass lamps, wood and stone sculpture, a variety of furniture and large mirrors made of polished metal.
A gallery of paintings depicting incidents from the history of Travancore.
A wooden cot made of up to 64 wooden pieces of a variety of medicinal tree trunks


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