Padmanabhapuram Palace
Padmanabhapuram Palace
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The well-preserved wooden palace is one of the best examples of the traditional architecture of Kerala.
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madhav n
Bengaluru, India164 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
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. The ladies could not be seen but the youths knew that flashing eyes and leapng emotions were invisibly watching them,so few failed to qualify,newver forgetting to steal a glance or a smile at the wooden slats which covered the princesses. Walk around the palace in a shirt and a lungi,go back in time four hundred years,and savour the thrill of experiencing a civilisation rather than just reading about it
Written March 9, 2015
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Anshul M
Mumbai, India61 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Family
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 is nothing much to do.
Written March 27, 2015
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GKA66
Mannheim, Germany79 contributions
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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.
Written March 9, 2015
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MN1959
India21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Business
Suggest check the timings before visiting this temple as you can see the lord only at specified timings in the morning and evening daily.
Written July 20, 2012
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jamenon
Bengaluru, India12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We had combined our visit to the Padmanabhapuram Palace with a trip to Kanyakumari and decided to hop in on our return journey to Trivandrum. The Palace is every bit worth the visit and we wished we had more time.
Written February 19, 2007
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LondonSB
London261 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Family
This is a charming old palace of medium size, predominantly constructed in wood and that reflects in its cool interiors. This place is well looked after by the tourism department of Kerala state (even though the palace is located in the state of Tamil Nadu) and has adequate staff to guide the visitors with necessary information.

Please note that this is the Padmanabapuram Palace, some 40 miles or so away from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) on the way to Kanyakumari (Cape Comerin). This is not the Padmanabaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram as some people have reviewed it. Also note that this place is closed for visitors on Mondays.

At important locations within the palace there are guides explaining the details in one of 3 chosen languages (English, Malayalam and Tamil). Also there are written information for people to read and understand as well. There are few information to pick up, such as the lamp holder, wood carving on the ceiling, items used in making the floor area, the mirror, etc.

Visitors are required to remove the foot wear and that may make one feel uncomfortable walking around the outside of the palace buildings, especially on a hot summer’s day. There is an entrance fee and that covers the palace and the little museum area.

Though efforts have been taken to keep this palace in good condition, there are still areas where they could further improve the visitor experience. The toilets for the visitors at the back of the palace building is bit uncomfortable to reach while walking on bare foot. At one or two places I found the direction could have been bit better with clear signs of where to head to next, etc.

Overall a good place to visit to capture the past and the history of the kings and their lifestyle.
Written August 16, 2012
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N N Dutta
Pune, India152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
Padmanabhapuram Palace is located close to the town of Thuckalay in Kanyakumari District, Tamilnadu. It is about 20 km from Nagercoil, and about 50 kilometers from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Though the palace is situated in Kanyakumari district of Tamilnadu State, it is administered by the Government of Kerala archaeology department.

The Padmanabhapuram palace was the ancient capital of the Travancore kings. The palace is known for its planning and military architecture and remained the center of power till 1790, later the capital was shifted to Thiruvananthapuram.

This is famous for its 17th and 18th century murals, carved mahogany ceiling, colored mica windows, secret underground passages leading to a palace 2 km away in case of an invasion, a dining hall that can accommodate 1000 patrons, inner courtyards, durbar hall, museum, four poster medicinal bed, Belgian mirror, granite dance halls and special black shiny floors which are made from a unique combination of egg white, jaggery, lime, burnt coconut, charcoal and river sand.

This is a must see while in this part of the country , I visited from Rameswaram and was overwhelmed by the royal splendour.
Written April 22, 2015
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Margaret S
Napier, New Zealand556 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
This breaks the journey South when travelling in a taxi from Trivandrum. It is a very pleasant place as there are no hawkers and unlike the temples, one can wander around at ease. Foreigners have to pay to see this old wooden structure. I liked imagining how it was centuries ago especially on a social occasion.
Written April 6, 2015
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AmitJ24
Bengaluru, India282 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
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.
Written February 7, 2015
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RAJESH S
Chennai (Madras), India182 contributions
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May 2012 • Business
The recently unravelled treasures have made this temple the richest holy place in the world and so has added charm to the city and its erthshile rulers the Maharajas of Travancore the custodians of the temple.
Written July 2, 2012
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