Kerala is famous for many small little things and not just its popular backwaters. One such alluring attraction is the Padmanabhapuram Palace which is just 63 km away from Thiruvananthapuram and can be easily reached via any plausible vehicular means. Its high point is its old world charm since it brings back memories from the 17th century. Its architecture is a strong mirror of Travancore style which again takes you back to the quiet days of the medieval times.
Padmanabhapuram Palace is counted amongst one of the popular places to visit in Kerala. It is not just beautiful in its architecture, but is also embellished with some very heart-rending murals which depict top-class artistry. The mica windows and the mahogany-built ceiling easily conjure up that Victorian-age romance. The juxtaposition of Belgian mirrors with images of the Hindu deity Krishna brings about a soothing contrast. The palace also houses some secretive dungeons and passages which usher in a feel of intrigue and mysticism, making it a crowd-pulling tourist attraction.
The palace is pretty spacious with a number of hallways the most famous of which is undoubtedly the ‘Navratri Mandapam’. Its décor is handsome and it has a huge wealth of history to its name. This was the site where once dancers would regale the imperial audience during the regime of King Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma and his successors.
The palace can also be clubbed into the category of a museum. It won’t be a sin if one cites that there is a lot that would interest a lover of history at this corner. There are galleries which house artifacts, old coins, paintings and even weapons.
So, if you have a penchant for art or history, then it is one of the most recommended places to visit in Kerala.
Timings: Padmanabhapuram Palace stays open to visitors from Tuesday-Sunday between 9 am and 5 pm (closed on Mondays).