The Kanakakunnu Palace
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Big Indian Tours
Kochi (Cochin), India619 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Kanakakkunnu Palace is a fine example of traditional Kerala architecture with its sloping roofs, wooden pillars, and intricate carvings. The construction materials primarily include wood, laterite, and lime mortar. The palace is serene with an open-air auditorium, lawns, food stalls, and washrooms. It attracts people of all ages, including youngsters, teenagers, and families. Artists often rehearse plays in the auditorium. The palace is well-maintained, preserving its historical significance.

The best time to visit is Christmas to New Year when the place is adorned with light decorations and offers various activities like cafes, live music, trade fairs, and more. It's a great spot for families with kids, and there are opportunities for horse riding and other fun activities. The palace is easily accessible by road and is a prominent landmark in the city. However, parking can be challenging, especially during peak times.

The palace is situated near the Napier Museum and opposite Captain Lakshmi Park, which is also popular in the evenings. Nishagandhi Auditorium nearby hosts official and cultural events. The Kerala Tourism Department has renovated and decorated the palace and lawns to attract visitors. However, there's room for improvement in maintaining the cleanliness of the toilets.
Written April 1, 2024
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rahul1157
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Family
Its a nice landmark in the heart of Trivandrum. Many events including govt sponsored ones are conducted here. Most of the events have games and all. Kids n even the grown ups can enjoy all the rides and games. Inside the palace there are dance, kathakali performances, photography exhibitions, etc many times an year. Its a wonderful place for photography too.
Written June 5, 2013
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Adu-tvm
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013
The Kanakakkunnu Palace offers itself and the surrounding grounds all year round for Govt-sponsored events, shows and fairs. We always keep a tab on forthcoming events, so the campus is very familiar. For people who value tradition and culture, there is always something, literally round the corner. Watch Kathakali performances inside the palace, walk through photography exhibitions, sit back and watch cultural events in the Nishagandhi open air theatre, catch up with folk art performances in the Suryakanthi grounds, and best of all, spend a few minutes quietly watching the huge Indian tricolour flutter gently in the breeze, atop a 60+m pole, Aqua & Pet show, mango festival, jackfruit festival, all India crafts fair, book exhibitions, Solar Power equipment trade show, Ghost Ryderz’ stunt show .. these are just a few of the events hosted within the perimeter of this landmark symbol of Travancore.
Written May 4, 2013
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Andrew D
Singapore, Singapore399 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
The palace was undergoing renovation it was basically inaccessible other than admiring the exterior. The area is surrounded by a decent garden, but nothing you have not seen elsewhere. It's like a so-so photo stop but I wouldn't have visited if it wasn't located near to Napier Museum.
Written April 9, 2023
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Jibin mathews
Bavaria, Germany1,058 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
Right in the heart of the city and near the zoo and museum. (Tvm is a small city by size) . For locals it is a good place to stroll around.
The grounds are also the venues for fairs/exhibitions which happen every month.
Worth a visit. Will be attractive only to tourists depending upon the event.
Written February 25, 2015
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Dixon2014
Chennai (Madras), India2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Business
i went to see the palace but only to be informed that its closed went the 2nd day again no info available from the authorities...sad that such a place has no option for tourist to acknowledge...
Written August 4, 2014
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Govindan N
Bengaluru, India2,797 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Couples
KANAKAKUNNU PALACE

This is located near Napier museum. It is on small hillock and has an open air theatre and hosts concerts and dance programmes. The garden surrounding it is beautiful and well maintained
Written February 3, 2014
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Anand G
Kochi (Cochin), India2,083 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Friends
Its historic importance has been overrun by its utilization pattern. For any event, there is some space available here. The Nishagandhi Open Air Theatre has become a star attraction due to the cultural events held here almost everyday. The periodic flower shows, exhibitions are also observed within the property. The large campus around the main building, the old lovely palace makes it a prime location within the city for various activities. People come here for quiet evenings too. It is extremely well maintained and hence quite neat, clean and calm. Great place to visit in Trivandrum. If you have a free evening, try watching something in Nishagandhi.
Written December 30, 2017
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SreejithV_com
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Solo
Numerous fairs/exhibitions/cultural fests are held in Kanakakunnu palace ground. In the Onam season the area is jam packed.
Written June 25, 2013
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Susan O
Boston, MA14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Solo
The palace is the site of art and music performances, as well as craft shows and the like. Only a few rooms are open for use, but it is a lovely site for walking and the grounds offer a good view of the surrounding area.
Written February 5, 2014
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