A beautiful example of traditional Kerala architecture, Kuthiramalika Palace Museum is one of the most significant tourist attractions in Thiruvananthapuram. Also known as Puthen Malika Palace, Kuthiramalika is believed to be constructed by the Maharaja of Travencore, Swami Thirunal Rama Varma in an attempt to promote traditional art forms of India.
Its name, Kuthiramalika is derived from the sculptures of 122 horses that are beautifully carved into the wooden wall brackets of its exteriors. Owing to this, it also came to be known as the Horse Palace. One of the rarest specimen of Travancore style of architecture, Kuthiramalika Palace Museum in Thiruvanathapuram is highly noted for its huge number of artifacts that include wall paintings, treasures of the royal family and wooden sculptures.
These artifacts are put on display at a particular portion of Kuthiramalika, which is the Palace Museum. While wandering in the Palace Museum, one would be likely to come across 14 life-sized Kathakali mannequins, musical instruments, traditional furniture, Belgian and Italian mirrors, traditional furniture and ornaments. Besides the traditional antiques, Kuthiramalika Palace Museum is also famous for hosting the yearly musical festival of Swathi Sangeethotsav in its courtyard.
Entry Fee: Rs 10 (Indians), Rs 20 (Foreigners)
Visiting hours: 8:30 am to 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm (Mondays closed)