Nestled at the foot of Veli hill within a granite fortress is the Padmanabhapuram Palace at a distance of about 35 kms from Kanyakumari.
Padmanabhapuram palace was the official residence of the Maharaja's of the erstwhile State of Travancore. Till 1795 Padmanabhapuram served as the capital of Travancore after which it was shifted to Trivandrum. This palace complex is one of the best examples of traditional Kerala architecture
Padmanabhapuram Palace Complex comprises of about 10 double storeyed traditional buildings. Almost all buildings in the palace are interconnected. The first building (Thaikottaram) was constructed around 1600 and the latest palace 'Lekshmi vilasom' was built around 1940. There is an Antiquity Museum in front of the Palace.
A relatively new building most interesting feature of Nataka Sala the hall of performance is a wooden enclosure, with peep holes, where the women of the royal household used to sit.
Padmanabhapuram Palace Museum
The Palace Museum is located on the right of the courtyard before you enter the main gate of the complex. It exhibits furniture, wooden and granite statues, coins, weapons and utensils.
Mantrasala - The Council chamber
King’s Council chamber is the most beautiful part of the entire Padmanabhapuram palace complex. The Chamber has windows, with coloured mica and delicate and beautiful lattice work which can be seen all over the council chamber.
Padmanabhapuram Palace is a magnificent 16th century palace situated about 35 kms from Kanyakumari. The palace is located at Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. The antique interiors are replete with intricate rosewood carvings and sculptured decor. The palace also contains 17th and 18th century murals. The royal splendour of the Padmanabhapuram Palace is quite overwhelming. Padmanabhapuram Palace comes under the Government of Kerala's administration.
Padmanabhapuram Palace Timings : Tuesday to Sunday 9 AM To 4.30 PM