Padmanabhapuram palace is a spectacular palace that is located about 60 odd kilometers away from the capital city of Kerala, Thirvanthapuram. Padmanabhapuram was the former capital of the Hindu kingdom back in 16th century. Built during the reign of King Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma, the kingdom was dedicated to their family deity Lord Vishnu. Although the palace comes under the territory of Tamil Nadu on the way to Kanyakumari, the land and palace is well maintained by the Govt of Kerala Archaeology department.
Every nook and corner of the palace will leave you fascinated for the kind of intricate work and workmanship on wood. From rosewood carvings to sculptured doors to to royal chairs with Chinese carvings, everything has its own charm. Once you enter the palace, the king’s durbar hall has to be one of the most beautiful part of the entire complex, which I must say is nothing less than a maze. One door leads to the other leads to the other, with never a dull moment during your entire visit.
The floor is made of burnt coconut shells, egg white, jaggery lime, charcoal and so on. Who would have thought all these mixtures would create a shiny black floor which is so well kept. The room also has the furniture’s used back then and a traditional option for air conditioning will leave you thinking the thought behind every construction.
Palace of the retired kings, Queen Mother’s palace, the King’s medicated furniture’s and his bedroom, the royal guest rooms that has a tinge of western touch, the hall of performance are all stunners.
A secret passage which is now blocked, was built to help King and his family to escape into another Charottu Palace, which is located kilometers away.
If your next visit to Southern part of India, ensure you don’t miss out on this palace. These pictures will entice you for sure!