Kerala tour includes a visit to the famous Padmanabhapuram Palace and Archaeological Museum though it is located at Thuckalay town of Kanyakumari district in Tamil Nadu state. The main attraction of this palace is typical Kerala architecture. It was erstwhile residence of maharaja of Travancore and built around 1601 AD by Iravi Varma Kulasekhara Perumal (1592 A.D. and 1609 A.D). This palace was earlier known as Kalkulam Palace and it covers 6.05 acres of land. Marthanda Varma, the founder of modern Travancore later built and modified some structures of the building.
The Kalkulam Fort was renamed as Padmanabhapuram by Marthanda Varma. Rama Varma, the secussecor of Marthanda Varma transferred the capital from Padmanabhapuram to Thiruvananthapuram in 1790. But it was preserved as an ancestral property and it was looked after by the Government of Travancore. Now it is looked after by the Government of Kerala. It was refurbished keeping the original traditional beauty. And the archeological museum was later housed in this palace.
The exhibited objects in the museum are antiquities like stone and copper plate inscriptions, stone and wooden sculptures, ancient armaments such as swords, rifles, spears and shields and Travancore coins, etc. The modern building was constructed later and the antique objects have been shifted to this building.
While visiting this palace one must explore the edifices in the palace like entrance hall, council hall, Clock tower, Kathakali performance hall, etc.
Facts of Padmanabhapuram Palace and Archaeological Museum :
P.O. Nagercoil, Kanyakumari District
Distance : One km from Thuckalay
6 kilometers from nearest Railway Station, Iraniel
15 kilometers to main Nagarcoil main railway station
Bus Station : Thuckalay (Kanyakumari Dist, Tamil Nadu)
Working days & Time: Tuesday to Sunday, 9 AM to 4.30 PM
Holidays: Monday and National Holidays
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