Padmanabhapuram Palace, Thuckalay

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Padmanabhapuram Palace, Thuckalay


Padmanabhapuram Palace is the magnificent antique palace located at a distance of is 53 km from Thiruvananthapuram and 17 Km from Nagercoil (Tamilnadu). The Padmanabhapuram Palace is very close to the Thuckalay town in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu. This beautiful palace is situated in the foothills of Veli Hills, a part of Western Ghats.

Padmanabhapuram Palace, ThuckalayPadmanabhapuram Palace was once the capital of the State of Travancore. The palace was built during 1601 by Iravi Varma Kulasekhara Perumal who ruled Travancore between 1592 AD and 1609 AD. The name of the palace refers to the image of the lotus coming from the navel of Vishnu (Padma - lotus, nabha - navel, Puram - Town).

The construction of Perumal palace in the centre of the complex was finished in the year 1744 A.D. On the day of its completion, Maharaja Anizham Tirunal Marthanda Varma, dedicated the palace to Lord Padmanabha then named the palace Sri Padmanabha Perumal Palace. So therefore on the fort as well as the surrounding areas formerly known as Kalkulam turned to be called as Padmanabhapuram.

The successors of Travencore kings slowly shifted the capital from Padmanabhapuram to Thiruvananthapuram during 1790. After that the Royal family kept the palace as their ancestral property. In the year 1938 the Government of Travancore declared it as a protected monument under the provisions of Ancient Monument Act then in force.

Though the Padmanabhapuram Palace is situated in Tamil Nadu state, the Palace and its premises were retained under the administrative control of the Government of Kerala. The income and expenditure of the Palace are shared equally by the Government of Kerala and the Government of Tamil Nadu.

The Padmanabhapuram Palace is spread across 7 acres of land. The complex consists of unique structures connected by a maze of corridors, colonnades, verandahs, and courts as well as built of teakwood and granite and stands within the huge stone walls of 30 feet that kept Tipu Sultan at bay during the 18th century.

The important edifices in the Palace complex are Poomugham (entrance hall), Manthrasala (council hall) Manimeda (clock tower), Natakasala (the hall to perform Kathakali), Uttupura (dining hall) Thaikottaram (Mother Palace), Uppirika Malika (storeyed building) Kannadithalam, Navarathri Mandapam, Indravilasom, Chandra vilasom etc.,

Padmanabhapuram Palace is a best place to visit for the lover of art and architecture. This old palace of Rajas of Travencore is a superb example of Kerala's style of architecture. The old interior decorations are full with complicated rosewood carvings as well as sculptured furnishings. This palace in addition has murals belonging to the 17th and 18th century. You can catch sight of the musical bow in mahogany, windows which has colored mica, grand chairs which has Chinese carvings, 'Thaikkottaram' or the Queen Mother's palace with painted ceilings, rose wood as well as teak carved ceilings which has ninety unique flower patterns.


Address of the palace:

Padmanabhapuram Palace
Thuckalay.P.O
Kanyakumari District.
Phone: +91 4651 250255


Admission Tickets

Adults: Rs.50/-
Children: Rs.10/-
Camera: Rs.25/-
Video: Rs.1500/-


Visiting Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 09 AM to 4.30 PM (Closed on Monday and National Holidays)

Distance from Padmanabhapuram Palace

Idukki: 294 Km
Ernakulam: 265 Km
Kochi: 259 Km
Kottayam: 212 Km
Thrissur: 333 Km
Kumarakom: 221 Km
Alappuzha: 204 Km
Kuttanad: 198 Km
Kollam: 118 Km
Kozhikode: 456 Km
Thiruvananthapuram: 53 Km
Kovalam: 51 Km
Wayanad: 534 Km
Kasargod: 637 Km


How to get there:

Nearest Airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (IATA: TRV, ICAO: VOTV).

Nearest Railway Station: The nearest railway station is Nagercoil Railway Station.

Road: Padmanabhapuram Palace is located at a distance of just one km from Thuckalay on Thuckalay - Kulasekharam/Thripparappu route. The nearest bus stations is situated at Thuckalay.


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