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Padmanabhapuram Palace

Padmanabhapuram Palace is a splendid wooden monument of the 16th century. It is located in Thuckalay, close to Padmanabhapuram Fort, about 64 km from Thiruvananthapuram. The palace is inside an old granite fortress around four kilometers long. It is the old palace of the Rajas of the erstwhile Travancore (1550 to 1750 AD) and an excellent example of the indigenous architectural style of Kerala. The palace is administered by the Government of Kerala Archeology department.
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The palace was constructed around 1601 A.D by Iravipillai Iravivarma Kulasekhara Perumal who ruled Travancore between 1592 A.D. and 1609 A.D. In the late 18th century, the capital of Travancore was shifted from here to Thiruvananthapuram, and the place lost its former glory. However, the sprawling palace complex continues to be the best example of traditional Kerala architecture, and some portions it form the hall mark of traditional Kerala style building art or vaastu.

The palace has antique interiors replete with intricate rosewood carvings and sculpture adorned with 17th and 18th century frescos. There are a number of beautiful sights to behold within the palace-windows, with colored mica, a Thiruvananthapuram Technoparkmusical bow in Mahogany, royal chairs adorned with Chinese carvings and much more. The Queen`s Palace or Thaikkottaram is a resplendent affair with painted ceilings, rose wood and teak carved panels with over 90 different floral designs.

The Padmanabhapuram Palace complex consists of several structures such as Mantrasala or the King's Council Chamber, Thai Kottaram, Nataksala, Thekke Kottaram, Clock Tower, Hanging Lamp, Wood Carvings and so on.

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