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“Treat for those who admire rich history” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace

Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
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Type: Museums
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Owner description: The palace museum displays exquisite wood carvings, paintings and various royal collections.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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“Treat for those who admire rich history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is a must see in Thiruvananthapuram.
Entrance is close to East side entrance of Sri Padmanabha Swamy temple.
A guide will take you around in a group of 15-20 people.
Out of the 80 rooms only 20 are opened for visitors.
Guides are good and explain you in brief. They expect some money for their effort though it
is not mandatory to give, We felt like giving admiring their voluntary work.
Many antiques and excellent artwork dating back to over 300 years.
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Visited April 2013
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Bochum, Germany
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“Worth the trip!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

This palace is worth seeing! It definitely beats the Dutch palace in Kochi. It takes 20-40mins to walk through with lots of the palace still in original condition. If you enjoy history then there's lots to see here. The entry is 200rs pp for foreigners with 25rs for a camera, whereas locals pay 20rs for entry. Yes, it's discrimination but frankly Foreigners have much more money and plus it goes to support the maintenance of this palace. No shoes are allowed, but you can put them in "storage" or carry them in your bag. The signs in the palace are written in English, but most are faded but thankfully there's a guide in each room to help.

Note: washroom facilities are pay-to-use Indian style.

Visited February 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“A place to see "History"”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Hi,
Close by to Padmanabhaswamy temple, interesting to see old things and its history, there will be a guide to guide you inside the palace and explain a bit of its History.
The place looks kind of run down, needs proper maintenance and well keeping of the artefacts and collections it has or still have.

Overall it was a good history lesson.

Thanks

Visited January 2013
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Chennai (Madras), India
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“Nice to visit a palace after having the Lord's darshan”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Very close to Padmanabha Swamy Temple, this palace offers you a good insight into the lifestyles of the Travancore royals some two centuries back. The guided tour of the palace built by the musician king Swati Tirunal is really good. You come to know the reason behind the palace's name only at the fag end of your tour of the palace and that suspense element is interesting. This is much smaller than its cousin at Padmanabhapuram, but similar on many counts to the bigger one. It almost looks like a repetition for a layman if you had visited the P'puram Palace first.

Visited December 2012
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“Pandoras box”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

This palace low profile from out keeps some of the best valuables & exibits from kings era. The blood line of travancore kings recorded for over 1000 years. Ivory & crystal masterpieces are extremely valuable but displayed in a simple hall. Some of the paintings are awesome, about foreigners entry into Indian land. Spend atleast 4-5 hours inside to see it full.

Visited December 2011
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