Kuthiramalika

 

The 18th-century Kuthiramalika (Puthenmalika) Palace Museum, or Horse Palace, has carved rosewood ceilings and treasures of the royal family, including an ivory throne, weapons, paintings, and gifts from foreign dignitaries. Lifesize Kathakali figures stand in the dance room. Carved horses, for which the palace is named, line the eaves of an inner courtyard. Only one-third of the enormous compound is open to visitors; the entrance fee includes a knowledgeable guide. Also note that you must remove your shoes upon entering.

CONTACT INFORMATION

  • Address: next to Padmanabhaswamy Temple, East Fort, TrivandrumKerala 695023
  • Phone: 471/247–3952
  • Cost: Palace: Rs. 20; shoe-storage charge Rs. 1
  • Hours: Tues.–Sun. 8:30–12:45 and 3–4:45
  • Location: Southern Kerala
  • Kuthiramalika Palace Museum is located at East Fort, in close proximity to the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. The two-storied palace itself is noted for its structural excellence and fills the minds of everyone who visits the museum. The palace museum is also called Puthenmalika Palace Museum or horse palace. Currently the palace is converted to a museum to display paintings and various precious collections which the royal family owned previously.

     

    Kuthiramalika Palace Museum exhibits huge numbers of artifacts. The Navarathri Mandapam right in front of the palace remains a major venue where music concerts are conducted. The specialty of this Mandapam is that only traditional sound reflectors are used here. While visiting the Navarathri Mandapam you will notice some clay pots (around 50) are hung in upside-down direction from its ceiling. The sound effect they produce really outperforms of the modern sound systems.

    History

    Kuthiramalika Palace was built by the Travancore King Shri Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma who was renowned as a prolific poet, great musician, social reformer and efficient statesman. The palace well displays the traditional architectural style of Travancore. Wood carvings are plenty and they remain a major attraction of the palace. 

    Visiting hours: From 08.30 am to 1.00 pm & 3.00 pm to 5.30 pm.
    Holidays: Mondays and other national holidays

    How to reach..?

    Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Central (1 km Approx.)
    Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (6 km Approx.)

    Street Address: Bhajanapura Palace Road, East Fort, Pazhavangadi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala – 695 023

     

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