Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace

Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace

Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace
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The palace museum displays exquisite wood carvings, paintings and various royal collections.
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Abhinishv
Secunderabad, India618 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
The palace is located near Eastern Gate of Sree Padhanabha Swamy Temple. The entry fee is Rs 70 per person. Out of 80 odd rooms about 20 are open to tourist. Footwear is not allowed inside the palace and neither photography is allowed inside. However photography is allowed in the outside premises for a nominal fee of Rs.20. A lot of historical artifact are kept in the palace which are worth seeing. Approx time to visit about 2 hours. Time of visit 9 am to 1 pm and then 2 pm to 5 pm. Staff is very friendly and take keen interest to brief people on various exhibits. Must visit especially with children.
Written October 10, 2021
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RAJENDRA884 PRASAD
Faridabad, India3,274 contributions
Mar 2021
This is a must see for tourists, Indians or foreigners, as it showcases the rule of Travancore kings and also tells us the way they treated their citizens. This palace has very soft spoken guides, who would take you around the entire place, explain every photograph, which made this trip very enlightening experience.
The collection of ivory and wooden carvings, statues etc is impressive. I would suggest readers to keep at least 4-5 hours for this attraction to enjoy cool environment inside this palace and they can avoid hot sun outside.
Written August 29, 2021
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Jithin
Kochi (Cochin), India18 contributions
Dec 2020 • Solo
Puthen Maliga Palace Museum (Kuthira Malika Palace)
Palace is located close to Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala. Built in the year 1845, this palace is one of the finest examples of traditional Kerala architecture with its typical sloping roof, pillared verandahs and enclosed courtyards. Intricate carvings adorn the wooden ceilings with each room having a distinctive pattern. The construction of the palace was completed by 5000 Vishwabrahmins in four years. The palace is made from teakwood, rosewood, and granite. The roof of the palace is made of wood and 42 beams support the carved patterns. The roof is supported by granite pillars. The floral motifs on the ceiling enhance the beauty of verandah. The main 16 rooms of the palace are constructed in 16 different patterns. The palace contains 80 rooms, of which 24 were opened to visitors in the year 1995. The floor of the palace is made of egg whites, black charcoal of coconut shell and slaked lime, which make it cool and smooth even in hot summer.
Written September 24, 2021
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guerie
Moscow, Russia105 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
the museum would be interesting, but you have to walk without shoes on the dirty floor. For foreign visitors it’s prohibited to walk by yourself. Audio guides aren’t available and the mandatory guidance is very poor.
Unfortunately the paintings are replaced by low quality photo prints
Written August 7, 2022
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Govind Ajit
Aluva, India2 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
A great place to experience traditional kerala architecture and to immerse yourself in the history of travancore since the chithralaya art gallery is nearby. The collection of ancient chola bronze statues, ancient porcelain, weapons etc are interesting. Intricate wood carvings are really wonderful to explore.

Plenty of pay and park spaces avilable nearby. Located very close to the esteemed padmanabhaswamy temple
Written October 18, 2021
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ramatneethi
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India33 contributions
Jun 2019
Kuthira Maalika (Horse Palace) also known as Puthen Maalika (New Palace) is located adjacent to Padmanabha Swamy Temple at Trivandrum. This palace is built by Late King Swathy Thirunal of then Travancore. The name horse palce is because of the wooden carved horses that supports the roof. This is build as per the traditional Kerala architecture with slope roofs. It is now a museum of mannequins of Kerala classical dance form Kathakali, some music instruments and a musical tree which produces 8 sounds on tapping. A classic music festival takes place every year during January. Someone want to see the typical Kerala architecture, this is the place. It is awesome.
Written March 6, 2020
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DAVIS T GEORGE
Kerala, India46 contributions
Aug 2018
This ancient building is located very near to Sri.Padmanabha Swami Temple.It is situated at the West Nada But many of the travellers wont get noticed this place since there is no signboards in the vicinity. This place shows the family tree of Travancore Royal Family. The ancient weapons,Ivory Thrones, Glass Thrones and many items which we usually finds
in a museum. The Building itself was a small palace we can experience a glimpse of an old palace there. Its construction consists of number of Wooden horses statues that is why local people calls it as Kuthira Malika( Kuthira means Horse and Malika means house in Malayalam). There is a small entry fee for both Puthen malika and for the art gallery. You should avail the guide service which is free of cost with you. The guide will narrate the stories well. There is no cast restriction to enter the Palace only you will have to remove the foot wear. There is 2 hours lunch break so you can either visit the place in the morning or after 2 PM. Just out side the Sree chithra art gallery there is a small cafeteria where you will get home made Murukku,Chips,Tea, Coffee etc. Justopposite to that cafeteria there is a hotel for your stay. And when comes out from the Museum exit there is a Pure Vegetarian Restaurant named 'SWAD' you can enjoy the variety of vegetarian food from there.
Written August 8, 2018
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MidwayNomad
Trivandrum28 contributions
Feb 2015 • Couples
For those of you who are stuck with a Taxi driver who know no idea where this Palace is :
Ask the Taxi driver to drop you in the front entrance to Padmanabhaswamy temple. Walk towards the temple and you will find the entrance to this Palace on your left.

Highly recommended for those interested in Architecture and Art.
With the entrance fee, you get a guide who passionately explains every bit of detail. Make sure you visit the Arts Museum adjacent to the Palace.
Written February 7, 2015
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Smeets P
London, UK9,403 contributions
Apr 2010
The palace was built by Maharaja Swathi the King of Travancore, who was a great poet, musician, social reformer and statesman. This rare specimen of workmanship in the traditional Travancore style of architecture also has exquisite wood carvings. The name Kuthiramalika means "Palace of the Horses" which is derived from 122 horses that are carved into the wooden wall brackets that support the southern roof.
The palace has exquisitely carved wooden ceilings with the bohemian crystal throne and the ivory throne which were magnificent
There is also a collection of swords, muskets, palanquins, marble sculptures, chandeliers, idols and painting of the Maharajas etc.
Some of the oil paintings of the Maharajas were bit damaged which was bit sad. I found that the Kerala architecture was very beautiful and impressive. There are areas within which was used for debates, dances and for meditation.
This place offers a direct view of the Padmanabhaswamy temple towers.
Written March 13, 2011
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SreejithRaja
Manama, Bahrain143 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
This is where the goddess Saraswati beautifies by her presence during the Navarathri celebrations. A Divine experience having the darshan and if we are lucky we could also enjoy the arangettams of new dancers and singers who are ready to perform.
Written March 18, 2015
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