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Krishnapuram Palace

One of the most captivating and popular attractions of Alappuzha (Alleppey), Krishanpuram Palace is sandwiched between Oachira and Kayamkulam, two towns of the region. A matchless architectural masterpiece, this palace covers an area of around 1.5 acres. This double-storied structure is the perfect example of Kerala style of architecture and is based on Vastushastra doctrine of 16 Kettu (enclosures). Due to the same, the palace includes of 4 quadrangular structures, giving way to 4 Nadumuttam or inner patios. Krishnapuram palace originally was built by one of the Kayakulam rulers but was later renovated by Marthanda Varma, the ruler of Travancore and currently is taken care of by the Archaeological department of Kerala. The palace originally had 22 rooms.

Refurbished during the 18th century, the palace consists of narrow corridors, low ceiling, dormer windows, patios, gabled roof, meandering staircases, and projecting balcony windows. The palace complex also has a huge pond, which is believed to containing an underground secret escape way.  Today the complex has been turned into an archeological museum. The walls of the palace are decorated with Gajendramoksham mural painting, the largest mural in Kerala. Covering a space of 49 square meters, this mural shows an elephant seeking salvation (moksha) and saluting Lord Vishnu while the other gods and goddess are looking. History states that the Lord was the family deity of the Travancore rulers and so the painting was put up on the entry gate of the palace, visible from the pond so that whenever they took a bath, they could worship their deity directly.

The museum also features Kayamkulam Vaal, a double-edged sword. The courtyard of the palace has one of the 4 Buddha statues in Alleppey. The courtyard is called Buddha Mandapa and the featuring status is around thousand years old. Visitors can also spot various historical artifacts and antiques objects brought here from all around the country. There is also a bible, written in Sansktri language, dating back to the year 1886. The palace is a reflection of the glory of the royalty of those times.

Timings: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm (closed on Mondays)

Distance from Alappuzha: 47 km (en-route Kollam)

Nearest railway station: Kayamkulam railway station, around 3 km

Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, around 103 km