Padmanabhapuram Palace is the another beautiful tourist attraction located in Padmanabhapuram, Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu. Padmanabhapuram Palace was in the power of ruling place Thiruvithankur (Travancore) for more than 300 years. This palace was built around 1600 AD, during 1592 – 1609 by the ruler, Ravi Varma Kulasekhara Perumal. Palace was rebuilt in 1750 by “King Marthanda Varma“. This 16 Century palace was earlier part of Kerala state government and now this place is part of Tamilnadu State Government but the administration and maintenance is still with Kerala State Government.
This palace design and architecture is traditional Kerala style. The palace complex has few rooms which are filled with Chinese gift articles, Old paintings, different kind of weapons, old lamps, bronze, wood and stone sculpture, royal furniture, There is a wooden cot which was made with different medicinal plants and trees. There is a clock tower inside this palace complex which has 300 year old clock still working condition, and keeps correct time.
There are few major portions inside the Padmanabhapuram Palace complex:
Poomugham: Main entrance hall
Mantrasala: Mantrasala also called as King’s Council Chanber. Mantrasala is the most beautiful place in entire complex.
Thai Kottaram: Thai Kottaram is also called as “Queen Mother’s Palace“.
Natakasala: This is the palace performance hall to perform Kathakali dance.
Big Hall: There is big hall in the palace used for festivals and special occasions, which can accommodate more than 1000 people.
Charottu Kottaram: This is the secret passage from palace to few miles away to escape in case of any emergency to King or immediate family members.
Uttupura: Dining Hall
Uppirika Malikai: Storeyed building
Manimeda: Clock Tower
Padmanabhapuram Palace is totally 6.5 Acres area, located just 2 KM from Thuckkalai, 10 KM away from Nagercoil and 25 KM away from Kanyakumari, and 55 KM away from Trivandrum. Thuckalay and Nagercoil are the nearest town from this Palace. Padmanabhapuram Palace is one of the best palace in India.
How To Reach:
Bus: Frequent bus services available from Thuckalay, Nagercoil, Marthandam, Trivandrum
Nearest Railway Station: Eraniel, Kulithurai, Nagercoil
Nearest Airport: Trivandrum (56 KM from Padmanabhapuram Palace)
You can take Taxi or Auto from Thuckalai junction or Nagercoil or Kanyakumari.
Visiting Hours: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Closed on Monday and National Holidays.
Children: Rs 10
Adults: Rs 25
Camera: Rs 25
Video: Rs 1500
Foreigners: Rs. 200