Padmanabhapuram palace a part of the padmanabhapuram Fort was the seat of power of the Travancore Dynasty during the 18th century, in the time of Anizham Thirunaal Marthanda Varma. This Palace was first built in the 12th century but was later renovated in the 18th century.
Location of the Padmanabhapuram Palace of the Travancore Dynasty
Padmanabhapuram palace is established in the Fort at Pamanabhapuram in Thuckaley in the Kanyakumari District of the state of Tamil Nadu in India. This Fort cum palace is located at about 65 kilometers from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of the present Kerala.
About the Padmanabhapuram Palace
The Pamanabhapuram palace was built by Trippapur Moopam who was the head of the Trippapur Swarupam Dynasty whih had ruled over Padmanabhapuram at that time. The palace came up as a mud palace in the 14th century in the typical Nalukettu style of Kerala Architecture. The palace was again constructed / actually restructured or renovated using granite in most part of the fort by Anizham Thirunaal Marthanda Varma. Anizham Thirunall the then King of Travancore named the palace Padmanabhapuram Palace after the prime deity of the Travancore Lord Padmanabhaswamy.
Architecture of the Padmanabhapuram palace
Padmanabhapuram Palace is a biggest wooden palace in the whole of India . This palace was the seat of the Travancore kings and consists of 14 palaces and 127 rooms spread across a 6.5 acres of land. There is a myriad of court yards and the underground passages in the complex. These contain a repository of the 17th and 18th century murals exquisitely carved wood work on the ceilings and the walls , black and red shiny floors which are made from an unique mixture of jaggery, burnt coconut , egg white , lime, river sand and charcoal.
The King's chamber, called Mantrasala which was used for council meetings, was constructed in the traditional Kerala style. The King's mother's palace is the oldest which has sloping roofs and carved pillars, with one among them a masterpiece as it is carved out of a single piece of wood.
Natakashala is huge hall with a a shiny polished granite flooring and also had a room for the royal women folk to watch the performances which used to take place. There is a royal Balcony known as Ambarimukhappu where the king gives public appearances or watch celebrations.
Museum at the Padmanabhapuram palace
There is an informative museum which consists of artifacts from 8th to the 18th century which the family had collected over the years. These include scriptures, arms, paintings, murals and also coins which should interest a student of History.
You can also see time tested wooden architecture and carvings of the interiors of the palace, chinese carvings in the furnitures used by the royal family , Chandra Vilas, Indra Vilas , brass lanterns and open air baths etc are the other attractions which would interest the visitor to the Padmanabhapuram Palace.