Padmanabhapuram Palace is located 55 km south-west of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the state of Kerala. This magnificent structure is constructed of wood, brought from nearby forests. This architectural wonder in wood which is equally colossal in idea, design and execution, mesmerizes its visitors. The beautiful work of art all over the building- on pillars, roofs, walls etc. cast a magic spell on the tourists.
This palace is heavily influenced by architecture of Kerala. Visitors to this palace will find wood-carvings and fine mural paintings, an exclusive example of an art form bearing a signature style of Kerala. The name Padmanabhapuram also has a mythological significance to it. It stands for an image of the lotus coming from Lord Vishnu's navel (Padma refers to lotus, nabha means navel and Puram stands for Town).
To reach Padmanabhapuram Palace, tourists traveling by air may use the nearest airport namely Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, located 6 km from the city of Thiruvananthapuram. People traveling by train may use the nearest railway station of Nagercoil as well as local station of Iraniel, which are 15km and 6km, respectively from the palace. The rail station at Thiruvananthapuram may also be used. For journey by the road, KTDC buses may be availed of. Tourists may also board buses from Thiruvananthapuram's Thampanoor bus stand which go towards Padmanabhampuram, on the highway to Kanyakumari. However, the best option is to board any bus bound for Nagercoil or Kanyakumari and get down at Thuckalay. Cabs on hire from Thiruvananthapuram may also be used.
Though located in the district of Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, Padmanabhapuram Palace is heavily influenced by Kerala architecture. This monument is under the protection of the Kerala State Archaeology Department.
In Padmanabhapuram Palace, Mantrasala ( King's Council chamber) is the most stunning place to visit. The oldest construction of this palace is the Thai Kottaram (Mother's palace). The comparatively new structure of Natakasala (Performance Hall) is also a visual delight. The 4-storeyed building located at the central part of Padmanabhapuram Palace which was used as the worship arena of the royal family is another place of attraction. A lot of visitors also visit Thekke Kottaram (Southern Palace) which acts as a museum for storing antique items.
So, make sure to book yourself for a tour to Padmanabhapuram Palace near Thiruvananthapuram. You will be mesmerized to no ends by the whole experience.