A true symbol of the rich cultural heritage of TamilNadu, Padmanabhapuram Palace lies at the end of mainland India, Kanyakumari. The majestic palace is a real treat to anyone who admires art and architecture. Believed to be constructed around the year 1600 by the erstwhile ruler of Travancore, Iravi Varma Kulasekhara Perumal, the palace displays the traditional architecture of South India in its best form.
Mainly a wooden structure, the design of Padmanabhapuram Palace boasts of carvings of Anantasayana on the walls. Whereas, the ceiling is decorated with carvings of 90 different floral designs. Much more amazing is the design of the floor, as it is made up of laterite, lime, burnt coconut shells and sand. As one strolls in the hall of the magnificent palace, he would be likely to come across a beautiful structure of black granite known as Navarthri Mandapam.
On moving further, the Council Chamber would catch his fancy. The chamber is noted for the latticework done in its interiors, while its floors are made of egg white and coconut shells. Another fascinating feature of the Council Chamber is the King’s Council, which houses several windows colored in mica.
Besides exploring the beautiful insides of the Padmanabhapuram Palace, one can also make his way to the museum, located on the right side of the courtyard. The museum exhibits wooden and granite statues, traditional furniture, weapons and coins of the bygone era.
Entry Fee: Rs 25 per person
Visiting hours: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm (Mondays closed)