Padmanabhapuram Travel Guide

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Padmanabhapuram Things to Do

  • Palace Museum

    The Palace Museum is located on the right of the first courtyard before you walk through the main gate of the complex. It exhibits furniture, wooden and granite statues, coins, weapons and utensils.

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  • Navarathi Mandapam

    King Marthandavarma built this in 1744 out of solid rock. The building is 66 feet long and 27 feet wide and was used for various cultural programmes during the Navathri festival. The dance floor had been polished to mirror-like perfection and is known as kannadithara meaning mirror floor. Separate rooms were built for the king and his royal cohorts...

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  • Bath House

    The Bath House is a small airy room, where the male members of the royal family were given a massage before they descended, down covered steps, to a private tank to bathe.

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  • Prayer Hall

    The prayer hall, on the third floor of the King's Palace, has exquisite murals on its walls. A medicinal bed here, carved from 64 different types of wood, was a gift from the Dutch.

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  • Thai Kottaram (Mother's Palace)

    Built in 1550, this is the oldest building in the complex. It contains intricately carved wooden pillars fashioned from the wood of the jackfruit tree. The floor was polished to a red gloss with hibiscus flowers.

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  • Mantrasala (Council chamber)

    The king's council chamber has wooden louvers to let in light and air. The gloss on the floor was achieved with a mixture of lime, sand, egg white, coconut water, charcoal and jiggery.

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  • Main Gate

    The main entrance to the palace complex is reached after crossing a large courtyard. This gate has a decorated gabled roof.

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  • Padmanabhapuram Palace

    Padmanabhapuram Palace is located close to the town of Thuckalay, about 50km (30 miles) southeast of Trivandrum. The palace was constructed around 1601 by Iravipillai Iravivarma Kulasekhara Perumal who ruled the state of Travancore between 1592 and 1609. From 1590 to 1790, the state was run from here before it was moved to Trivandrum and so the...

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  • Coconut water

    While you are on your way out from the palace from that Majestic, huge wooden gate, do consider having the sweet water of a coconut outside. While drinking onto that you can as well appreciate the beauty of the minute wooden curving on this huge gate that you might otherwise not be able to just stand and appreciate. I mean that may be awkward...

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Padmanabhapuram Restaurants

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    by billa008 Written May 21, 2008

    Great food. Once you had the food from the hotel then u never forget the taste of food in life. To enjoy the indian curries especially you must go to Hotel Akshay. Famous for Indian Curries.

    Favorite Dish: Kuruma Curry, Sambar Curry etc...

    All Curries.

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Padmanabhapuram Transportation

  • Getting here

    To get here from Trivandrum, first take a bus heading to Kanyakumari and get off at a place called Thuckalay (Rs24). Then take an auto-rickshaw from the small bus station to the palace (which cost me Rs20). I then took an auto-rickshaw back to the bus station in Thuckalay and caught another bus to Kanyakumari (Rs10.50). Don't worry about bags as...

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  • By Hired car from Kanniyakumari.

    I went to Padmanabhapuram way back in October, 2003. I must say, I am very good at bargaining. We took a car on rent (Ambassador car), me, my mom and dad. Since this is a BIG car, we sat comfortably. For Rs. 650/- in total, we went first from Kanniyakumari to Suchindram (where the famous Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva trinity temple is situated), then to...

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Padmanabhapuram Warnings and Dangers

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    by Rupanworld Written Aug 29, 2007

    Since the palace is situated in a very small town of India, it is quite expected that the roads that one takes to reach it are very narrow, dusty and muddy. Precautions for these have to be taken aforehand.

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Padmanabhapuram Favorites

  • Bag deposit

    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.

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  • Padmanabhapuram Palace

    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...

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