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Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace

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Address: West Nada, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
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The palace museum displays exquisite wood carvings, paintings and various...

The palace museum displays exquisite wood carvings, paintings and various royal collections.

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A renovation project worth seeing

Although currently undergoing a lengthy period of renovation the Palace museum is well worth a visit. You are taken around the palace in reasonably small groups with a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Ludgershall, United Kingdom
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Ludgershall, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Although currently undergoing a lengthy period of renovation the Palace museum is well worth a visit. You are taken around the palace in reasonably small groups with a knowledgeable English speaking guide. There are a lot of interesting items to see, not all of which originate in India. The quality of the woodwork/carving that is found throughout the palace is... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an excellent English speaking guide for our visit and got to see all the halls and exhibits. Most captivating was the long row of carved horses' heads below the eaves of the building, which one could spy from the windows.

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Kochi (Cochin), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

That was quite interesting to visit a palace which built in 1840 s.The construction of the palace is different. The main 16 rooms of the palace are constructed in 16 different patterns.The floor inside the palace was made of egg whites,charcoal and lime stone, So the floor will always be cold and smooth even at the hot weather conditions.

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Hyderabad, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The guided tour was interesting and engrossing. The highlight for me was the small room from where Swathi Thirunal drew inspiration to compose the melodious Kritis.

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Looks like a tiny house when you enter. But as you explore this one-storeyed palace you realise how huge it is. Brilliant architecture with antiques from across the world. The guide explains the story of Swati Tirunal, the king who built this beautiful palace. Wish they allowed us to click photos. They can also make this a self-guided tour by... More 

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Thrissur, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

Both puthenmalika and kuthiramalika palaces are located in the same compound. Puthenmalika palace tells the story of thiruvithamkur through the paintings and photographs which hangs on the walls. Must visit if you are in trivandrum and is interested in history

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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Kuthira malika is near to the Padmanabhaswamy Temple. It charges a nominal fee for visitors. The name is derived from sculpture of horses inside the Palace. ( Kuthira=Horse, Malika= Palace/Mansion ) It has a good collection of ancient paintings, thrones and weapons. The guide service available will help you to know about the history of this beautiful heritage site.

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

Wonderful to see this palace, the wood carvings are outstanding and in a very good condition. A must-see!

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

Puthen Malika Palace built in 1840 by Raja Rama Varma of Travancore State in the traditional Travncore style of architecture – with sloping tiled roofs, overhanging eaves, pillared verandahs and enclosed courtyards. It is very near to south –eastern side of Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple. It is a complex of 80 royal buildings of which 20 rooms are now converted to... More 

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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

My kids loved this place although it is not a fancy, they just loved the space and the amount of time they had to see every antique inside the palace, the staff was very friendly

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