Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal
3.5
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9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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  • Andrew D
    Singapore, Singapore396 contributions
    Feels empty
    The palace was undergoing renovation during our visit with some areas closed. The palace itself feels relatively empty though some parts are undeniably beautifully decorated. Inside the palace, there is also a museum but without interpretative panels to help us decipher the significance of the exhibited items.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 29, 2023
  • niluanu
    Chennai (Madras), India601 contributions
    Worth a visit
    A historic palace in the heart of Madurai, this place is a protected monument and one of the prime tourist attractions of the city. Open from 9am till 5pm with a half hour lunch break, the palace was built in the 17th century as a residence of the King Thirumalai Nayak. The massive pillars and the Indo Saracenic architecture are notable features of the palace. Maintenance is poor and renovation of certain sections was in progress at the time of our visit. There is a light and sound show in the evening. There are no fans, which makes it quite uncomfortable in warm weather. Mosquitoes are also a menace and it is difficult to sit through the full show. A few pedestal fans would definitely solve the problem. Worth a visit in any case
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • AZCasualTraveler
    Mesa, Arizona1,887 contributions
    Ancient Former Magnicficant Palace
    Thirumalai Nayak Mahal (Palace) was constructed as a residence for the then King Thirumalai Nayak in 1636 AD. It is said that King had recruited an Italian architect for designing this palace. The Palace was built with the intention of creating a masterpiece for the then King to stay is undoubtedly one of the best architectures of ancient times. The interiors of this palace had intricate paintings and sculpting. Paintings on the roof of the palace are worth noticing. Currently only a few parts of the palace has remained. Most of the parts of this magnificent palace was taken away during various reigns with changing times. The Palace is now under the protection of the Tamil Nadu Archaeological Department, and this palace was declared as a national monument.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 19, 2023
  • Hemant Varshney
    New Delhi, India136 contributions
    Great architecture
    Great architecture, huge circular pillars in the hall. This is a darbar hall of Palace which belongs to Nayakas dynasty king. A center courtyard surrounded by huge circular pillars. You should visit if you really admire of great architecture
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 1, 2023
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kashgo
San Diego, CA628 contributions
Dec 2019
This palace has a lot going for it but unfortunately needs a vivid imagination to figure out what it was like in it's time. The maintenance is poor, with pigeon droppings even on the pillars that make this place special. A few objects displayed in cases are about all there is to see besides of course the interior empty spaces. But, it is well located in the heart of the city and is an easy way to pass some time.
Written January 15, 2020
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ayush
6 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Can be skipped. Architectural beauty and place of historical significance.
There is nothing to do inside you can just complete walk of entire premise in 10 mins and be done.

10rs per person entry ticket is charged.And the ticket issuing guy will ask you take 30 rs ticket for atleast 1 mobile
No one checks mobile you can just enter directly
Found place to be decently cleaned.
The govt needs to pay more attention to this place
You can skip this place if you don't have much time in Madurai.

You can click some good pictures though
Written August 29, 2022
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Sud D
Oakville, Canada78 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
This is a remnant of the original palace of the Nayakkar kings of Madurai. Much of the original place has been destroyed. Recently restored - it is a grand structure. Maintenance of the premises can be better. The museum at the back has some very interesting historical artifacts and is a must see for anyone with an interest in the history of the region
Written May 26, 2020
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NITU N
Kochi (Cochin), India5 contributions
Oct 2021
A remarkable structure built on amix of Dravidan and Islamic style, this Palace was built around mid 16th century. The Palace is under Archaeoligical Department. The sound and light shows conducted every evening at the palace are spectacular, making your trip to this palace even more exciting.
Written November 3, 2021
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niluanu
Chennai (Madras), India601 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
A historic palace in the heart of Madurai, this place is a protected monument and one of the prime tourist attractions of the city. Open from 9am till 5pm with a half hour lunch break, the palace was built in the 17th century as a residence of the King Thirumalai Nayak. The massive pillars and the Indo Saracenic architecture are notable features of the palace. Maintenance is poor and renovation of certain sections was in progress at the time of our visit. There is a light and sound show in the evening. There are no fans, which makes it quite uncomfortable in warm weather. Mosquitoes are also a menace and it is difficult to sit through the full show. A few pedestal fans would definitely solve the problem. Worth a visit in any case
Written September 11, 2023
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AntoSavarirajan
Hyderabad, India126 contributions
May 2022 • Family
The place:
Wonderful historic monument.
One of the key landmarks in the city.
Easy to access from centre of city
Very affordable entry fee.
Great photo opportunity in a beautiful backdrop.

Light and sound show:
This in the evening and has a separate entry ticket.
The show is very poor. .. super boring and a mess.
Most people end up walking out half way thru.
Don't waste your evening on this.
Nobody warned us... now you don't have an excuse :)
Written May 23, 2022
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somnathDB
Bengaluru, India38 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Located near to the Meenakshi temple the palace is an example of indo Italian architecture with long pillars. It's good to spend 15 to 30 minutes. Entry ticket of INR 10 per person excluding camera.
Written March 26, 2022
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AZCasualTraveler
Mesa, AZ1,887 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Thirumalai Nayak Mahal (Palace) was constructed as a residence for the then King Thirumalai Nayak in 1636 AD. It is said that King had recruited an Italian architect for designing this palace. The Palace was built with the intention of creating a masterpiece for the then King to stay is undoubtedly one of the best architectures of ancient times. The interiors of this palace had intricate paintings and sculpting. Paintings on the roof of the palace are worth noticing.

Currently only a few parts of the palace has remained. Most of the parts of this magnificent palace was taken away during various reigns with changing times. The Palace is now under the protection of the Tamil Nadu Archaeological Department, and this palace was declared as a national monument.
Written September 20, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Andrew D
Singapore, Singapore396 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
The palace was undergoing renovation during our visit with some areas closed. The palace itself feels relatively empty though some parts are undeniably beautifully decorated. Inside the palace, there is also a museum but without interpretative panels to help us decipher the significance of the exhibited items.
Written April 29, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Rakesh N
7 contributions
Dec 2019
Good to Visit the palace having broad pillars and beautiful carvings.Visited in a day time but visit it in the evening time and enjoy the light and sound show. A museum is there inside the palace. Could be maintained more cleaner. People are misusing the palace as lot of drawings are their in the walls and the pillars.
Written January 1, 2020
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