Favorite thing: It is a beautiful and magnificent wooden palace built in the 16th century. Its a great sight for any artist or any lover of art and architecture. It belonged to the Kings of the erstwhile Travancore Kingdom (1550 to 1750 AD). It bears a testimony to the great Keralite architectural style. The interiors of the palace are full of detailed and beautiful rosewood carvings and sculptures and 17th and 18th century murals. There is a musical bow in mahogany, windows with coloured mica, royal chairs with Chinese carvings, painted ceilings and rose wood and teak carved ceilings having 90 different designs of flowers. Unbelievable. all 90 flower designs are different from each other. There is also a Durbar Hall with a shiny black floor that is made with a combination of egg white, jaggery lime, burnt coconut, charcoal and river sand. There is also a secret underground passage. In the King's bedroom one finds a medicinal bed that is said to heal many diseases. There are also hanging brass lanterns said to be lit continuously since the 18th century. There is the hanging cage through which eagles tore criminals to death. Then there's the King's sister's dressing room, granite dance hall, Saraswathi (goddess of knowledge) temple, large earthen urns, room for scribes and accountants, carved figures on columns holding oil lamps, pooja (worship) rooms with jackfruit tree columns, fish carvings on the ceilings, enormous teak beams, Belgian mirrors and an outer cyclopean stone wall fitted together without mortar. Its a great feast for the visitor's eyes.
Favorite thing: If you're visiting to the palace on your way to Kanyakumari from Trivandrum (like I did), then don't worry about your bags as you can deposit them at the palace ticket counter for Rs20.
- Historical Travel
- Castles and Palaces