Padmanabhapuram palace is situated in Thuckalay, en route to Kanyakumari. This majestic palace, in Travancore architectural style, was built by Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma, former ruler of Travancore.
It is famous for its 17th and 18th century murals, carved mahogany ceiling, coloured mica windows, secret underground passages, inner courtyards, durbar hall, museum, four poster medicinal beds, Belgian mirror, pictures of Lord Krishna, granite dance halls.
There are a few main attractions here that one mustn’t miss - 'Ambarimukhappu', the royal balcony where once the King used to give public appearances for various functions. 'Thaikkottaram' or the Queen Mother's palace has painted ceilings, rose wood and teak carved ceilings with 90 different floral designs. The Council chamber or 'manthrasala' is a shiny hard 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 and some coloured mica in the windows. Oottuppura, the dinning hall is an enormous 2-storeyed hall, where brahmins were offered free food once everyday. 'Navratri Mandapam' is the most attractive hall of all. It has reflective marble flooring and carved pillars. Dance performances used to be held here.
The paintings in the prayer room are simply superb. The palace also treasures scriptures, arms, murals, paintings and coins, from the 8th century to the 18th Century.
9:00 am to 5:00 pm on all days except Mondays.
How to get there:
Padmanabhapuram Palace is located in Kanyakumari. This is 64kms from Trivandrum. You can get a cab and enjoy the long drive, or catch a bus from any major bus stations to Kanyakumari.