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PALACES IN KERALA

Kerala, also known as ‘God’s own country,’ is famous for its beaches, backwaters, lush greenery, etc. Among them, the palaces in Kerala are a sight of scenic beauty, just like the state. While choosing a few of them to write on in brief has been difficult, here are five of them I managed to select:

  1. Kilimanoor Palace

Kilimanoor Palace

Location: Kilimanoor, Trivandrum District.

Timings: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm.

Entry Fee: N/A

Kilimanoor Palace is the birth place of the renowned painter Raja Ravi Varma. The palace spread over 15 acres of land has two ponds, buildings, traditional residential structures and sacred groves. It also houses the studio of Raja Ravi Varma where he created most of his legendary works of art. The studio comprises of some of his reproduced works of art.

  1. Koyikkal Palace

Koyikkal Palace

Location: Nedumangadu, Thiruvananthapuram District.

Timings: Tuesday to Sunday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Entry Fee: Adults= Rs. 10, Children= Rs. 5.

Koyikkal Palace is a two storey building. It was the official residence of the royal family of Perakatharvazhi. The palace now houses a folklore and numismatic museum. Its folklore museum is the first in Kerala. It exhibits artefacts like household utensils, axes, ploughs, bows & arrows, carts, etc. The numismatic museum contains coins from 2nd Century BC as well as seals, weights, etc.

  1. Krishnapuram Palace

Krishnapuram Palace

Location: Kayamkulam, Alappuzha district.

Timings: Tuesday to Sunday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, Mondays closed.

Entry Fee: Adults= Rs. 10, Children= Rs. 5.

Krishnapuram Palace has a typical Keralite architectural style with gabled roofs, dormer windows and narrow corridors. The palace is now a museum. It contains the largest mural, ‘Gajendra Moksham’ ever found in Kerala. Rare bronze statues, paintings and a Buddha Mandapam containing a statue of Buddha are other attractions which adorn the palace.

  1. Padmanabhapuram Palace

Padmanabhapuram Palace

Location: Thuckalay, Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu.

Timings: Tuesday to Sunday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Entry Fee: Adults= Rs. 10, Children= Rs. 2.

Padmanabhapuram Palace, made in the 16th Century, is an entirely wooden palace. It is extremely popular for its rosewood and teakwood carvings. A number of these carvings are present on the ceilings of the palace. Apart from these, the king’s durbar with its shiny black flooring, temples, the queen mother’s palace, secret passageways, etc. are the structures worth looking at. Though the palace is situated in Tamil Nadu, it is maintained by the Government of Kerala.

  1. Hill Palace

Hill Palace

Location: Tripunithura, Kochi

Timings: Monday to Sunday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Mondays closed.

Entry Fee: Adults= Rs. 30, children (5 years- 12 years)= Rs. 10.

The Hill Palace was built in 1865. It is one of the biggest museums in Kerala. A number of the artefacts displayed here are from the royal family of Kochi. Apart from these, ancient weapons dating back to Stone Age as well as artefacts from the Indus Valley Civilization can be seen. The complex also houses a deer park.

Which fascinating palaces have you been to recently?

 

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