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Padmanabhapuram Palace

55km/34 miles south of Trivandrum, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Castles, Architectural Buildings
Description: The well-preserved wooden palace is one of the best examples of the traditional architecture of Kerala.
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

About half way while on way to Kanyakumari from Poovar. Wooden Marvel in well preserved state. Only certain sections are accessible to public and these are well marked. Carvings and the magnificent rooms - King's court, Guest rooms, Private discussion room, office rooms, huge dining rooms that accommodated 1000 people each and the kitchens to cook for so many, huge... More

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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The palace is that of late Marthanda Varma maharaja of Travancore. The palace is more than 300 years old and remains a testimony to the culture that prevailed during those times. This palace is one of the well maintained ones in this part of the world. The objects that belonged to the maharaja like his throne, Sword, bed, etc can... More

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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Though the palace is situated about 60 kms from the city, you can couple it with your trip to Kanyakumari. We will be wonder-struck by the technology used centuries ago in making the floor of the palace without marble or granite. Though the palace is rented out for the shooting of many movies like "Manichitra thazhe", the floors still looks... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

There's absolutely nothing to dislike, it is quite a distance to travel from the main city, but it's completely worth it. Better to go sometime early in the morning or after the afternoon blaze, because there's quite a lot to see and you don't want the weather putting a stopper on your plans. The history is positively palpable and there... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Despite the 60km trek to get here (best managed as part of a visit to Kanniyakumari) this is an impressive site and well worth a visit. No shoes inside the palace so you should expect to get dirty feet from walking in the gravel! Foreigners pay 300 rupees.

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Hyderabad
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Unique complex of wooden palaces built by kings over several generations. The huge dining halls in ground and first floor of one palace is one of the many things worth seeing. The commitment of the staff in all the rooms is worth mentioning

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Kerala
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

When you hear palace do not compare it with the north Indian palaces. our kings were modest people and that reflects in their palaces too. This one is big and has a lot of wood work in it. The most interesting aspect I found is attached toilets facing each other without doors in the royal bedroom. Also they say there... More

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Kochi (Cochin), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

This palace is the best representation of Kerala architecture. Mostly made of wood with excellent wooden carvings every where.

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Coventry, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Behind the temple a step back in time. The guide will take you around a palace of amazingly rich history.

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Mumbai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

The beauty of palaces in Kerala is that they are majorly made up of wood. The windows, the pillars and even the hinges are made up of wood. The tickets to get to the palace are a bit inconvenient and one has to place all their bags outside with the security. It takes close to an hour in the afternoon... More

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