Koyikkal Palacedisplays the traditional architecture of Kerala, a double storyed ‘Nalukettu’. It was once the official residence of the ruler of ‘Perakatharvazhi’, a branch of the Royal family of State of Travancore.
This palace was resided for some years by Umayamma Rani, the queen of Attingal, the regent for Ravi Varma, (1674-1684) the ruler of Travancore. Marthanda Varma, the modern founder of Travancore annexed Perakathavazhi and this became a part of Travancore when Marthanda Varma adopted four princesses from Perakathavazhi.
Travancore Devaswam Board was the owner of this palace till a few years after the re-organization of the state after independence and In1979 the Govt.of Kerala taking over this palace declared it as a preserved monument. It was refurbished by the State Government and converted into a Folklore Museum and Numismatic Museum later.
Folklore Museum :
This is the first Folklore Museum in Kerala inaugurated in the Koyikkal Palace on March 27, 1992. This in brief exhibits the folk life of Kerala. The exhibited objects are traditional utensils, occupational instruments like axe, plough, wooden water pusher, tribal musical instruments, tribal communication materials, life size models of Theyyam, Thullal, bullock- cart, tribal arms like bows and arrows, spear, sword etc.
Numismatics Museum :
The Department Of Archaeology of Kerala State Government has a various collections of coins and some of the selected coins are on display in the Numismatics Museum. The exhibited coins are Karshapanam, the earliest circulated coins of India, punch marked coins, coins during the Sangam period, Roman silver coins, Venetian coins, Chera coins, Venad coins, Cochin coins, Travancore coins, etc.
Main Facts of the Palace :
Location : Nedumangad, Thiruvananthapuram Dist
Distance : 18 km east of Thiruvananthapuram on the way to famous Hill Station, Ponmudi
300 meters from the Bus Station of Nedumangad
Nearest Railway Station : Thiruvananthapuram Central
Bus Station : Nedumangad Bus Station
Working Days & Time : Tuesday to Sunday, 9AM to 4.30 PM
Holidays : Mondays and National Holidays
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