Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace

Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum): Address, Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace Reviews: 4.5/5

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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Travelbug2107
Mangalore, India58 contributions
Interesting!!
Feb 2020
Was really impressed by the history artefacts in the museum. The architecture is good so is the ambience. Was dissapointed with a certain lady guide asking for tips all the way. Not expected in Kerala.
Written March 21, 2020
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ramatneethi
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India32 contributions
Historic palace
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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Peter Galo
Munich, Germany3 contributions
A nice palace full of history
Nov 2019
The palace doesn't look that interesting from the outside, but the inside exhibition of the items from the past is amazing. Especially the weaponry displayed in some of the rooms and on the corridor walls is really interesting.
Written December 22, 2019
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Vishal M
Bengaluru, India58 contributions
Very nice palace
Oct 2019 • Family
Great palace with amazing collection. Exterior is very plain and does not indicate all the treasures inside. Very nice staff and good naration through the tour. Had a great time. Must visit to explore the cultural riches of the local people
Written October 7, 2019
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Parwathi H
823 contributions
Beautiful Palace
Feb 2019
The Puthenmalika palace is located quiet close to the Padmanabhaswamy temple. The palace is constructed beautifully with tiled roofs and wooden walls and pillars. Only about 20 of the 80 odd rooms are open to the public for viewing. There are guides who take the tourists free of charge for a tour of the palace and explain all the features and history. Overall an interesting visit.
Written September 19, 2019
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Ranjit D
Yelahanka, India97 contributions
Puthenmalika Plalce
Aug 2019
Beautifully preserved. photography is permitted inside, while there is no electricity, lots of beautiful shadows, nooks and corners for the photography buff, carry a tripod!
Written August 9, 2019
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SRKTB
New Delhi, India179 contributions
Palace of horses
Dec 2018 • Friends
Situated near to padmanabhaswamy temple. 122 horses are carved into wooden wall brackets. Enjoyed the barefoot walk
Written July 22, 2019
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RESHMI K R
Kozhikode, India88 contributions
An architectural gem hidden in center of the city
Jun 2019 • Family
Unless you actually see the beautiful and enormous palace built right next to the Padmanabhaswamy temple, you wont believe it The palace was built according to the wishes of Swathy Thirunaal Maharaja, who was a patron of arts, music and literature. The Kuthiramalika gets its name from the magnificent horse (kuthira) carvings. The whole palace exudes with skillful wooden carvings, ceilings and architectural brilliance. Out of the 80+ rooms, only about 20 rooms are opened for tourists. Various gifts received by the royal family are displayed, including several ivory statues, ivory throne and a glass throne. But the palace was supposed to be unlucky and was not used for about 150 years, until it was opened to public 15 years back. It is an historical wonder. The place offers free guided tours.There is a photo gallery at Rangamalika palace nearby and it offers a glimpse to the lives of royal family. Swathy music festival is held every year in January inside the palace when free entry is allowed. I wish they allowed photography inside Kuthiramalika, because this place - it demands to be seen! Every nook and corner is just beautiful.
Written July 4, 2019
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Andy F
Devizes, UK889 contributions
Extremely Interesting
May 2019 • Solo
This is a shoes-off, no-photos entry policy. Inside there are good-meaning (free) guides. The interior is impressive - wooden carvings on the walls & ceilings, portaits, collections of gifts from other nations, palaquins, swords, glass, an ivory throne, a crystal glass throne. The whole palace is vast, consisting of 80+ rooms, but only about 20+ are open to visitors.
Written May 23, 2019
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balkivinod
Mumbai, India126 contributions
Well maintained
May 2019 • Family
This is well maintained place and gives information on various Travancore kings. The places has maintained life of travancore kings through pictures.

You can visit to understand history.
Written May 17, 2019
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