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Address: 55km/34 miles south of Trivandrum, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
Description: The well-preserved wooden palace is one of the best examples of the...
The well-preserved wooden palace is one of the best examples of the traditional architecture of Kerala.
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So when i read about the palace i thought it would be one of those Opulent palaces that you find in North India but this was very difference , very understated. Only a certain... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

So when i read about the palace i thought it would be one of those Opulent palaces that you find in North India but this was very difference , very understated. Only a certain part of the palace is open with a lot of artifacts on display. It was nothing out of this world, one can visit this if there... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Unlike Versailles,which is filled with gilt and furniture,the Padmanabhapuram palace is as spare as its occupants,Travancore royalty who went about its rooms bare-chested. And if anyone looked at the weather,they'd understand why this was for centuries the most popular apparel in Kerala. Sit by the upper balcony,from where ladies could view muscular youths lifting weights and qualifying for the army.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The Palace boasts beautiful wood work, in particular ceilings and pillars with hundreds of delicate flowers. Well worth the trip from Thiruvananthapuram, which is about 2 1/2 hours by car.

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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

A must visit palace, one of the most beautiful wooden palaces which shows the rich architecture and heritage of travancore. An hour drive from Trivandrum.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

A magnificent wooden palace of the 16th century, Padmanabhapuram Palace lies at the land's end of mainland India - Kanyakumari. An enticing ediffice to any lover of art and architecture this old palace of the Rajas of the erstwhile Travancore (1550 to 1750 AD) is a fine specimen of Kerala's indigenous style of architecture. The antique interiors are replete with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I was staying at CM Poovar and visited this palace on the way to Kanyakumari. There is a small fee for indian resident and steep fee for the foreigners. The caretaking staff was very courteous. It was worth the time we spent there. The artifacts from china and all granite stone structure was very beautiful. I and my family enjoyed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This palace is a must visit for history lovers. Situated in Tamil Nadu district , this palace is close to trivandrum, kerala. The palace is constructed of wood and has beautiful and intricate carvings on its ceilings. There is a small entry fee to the palace. Few rooms of the palace are not open to visitors but major part of... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

This is India's largest wooden palace. It is very well maintained and has an excellent self tour facility. Surprisingly while this is situated within the borders of Tamil Nadu, the palace complex is a property of Kerala.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

While driving from Thiruvananthapuram to kanyakumari visited the palace. It's fully made of teak wood . If you have visited the forts and museums in North India like in rajasthan (Amer fort, jaigarh or palace in udaipur) than its not comparable coz it's not that grand or big in size but definitely worth one visit. Car parking ticket is 50... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Though the statistics make an interesting visit,it definitely is very wide spread,and hence challenging for the old and incapable.Children too should avoid as it does not have the regalia or decorations to suffice their interest.It is interesting to observe the amount of Teak wood used,the bathing habits,the kitchen,the courts and sleeping routines of the Travancore kings.The attached museum too is... More 

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