Located in a small village called Padmanabhapuram, at a distance of 65 kilometers from Trivandrum, Padmanabhapuram Palace is a magnificent palace that speaks volumes about the ancient architecture of Kerala. Padmanabhapuram palace is a place that should not be missed at any cost. The palace walls are adorned with ancient murals that date back to the 17th century. The ancient relics include royal seats with Chinese engravings, musical bow in mahogany, colored windows, beautifully painted and carved rosewood ceilings etc.
The interiors of the palace are magnificent and give an idea of the royal life that one must have led in the palace. A big hall called the Durbar hall has shiny black flooring. It may seem like a granite floor at a glance but in reality, the floor is made of a combination of jaggery, lime, burnt coconut, charcoal and river sand. This floor could not be duplicated again in any construction. The palace also has a secret underground escape route (now blocked), open air swimming pool, dance hall, massive paintings and idols of Indian Gods and Goddesses, carved figurines carrying lamps, etc. There is also a unique stonewall that is held together till date without the use of mortar.
How to Reach Padmanabhapuram Palace Trivandrum, Kerala
The nearest airport is the Trivandrum International Airport, located at a distance of 6 kilometers.
The nearest railway station is Nagercoil, at a distance of 15 kilometers.
This palace is easily accessible from anywhere in Kerala as Trivandrum is well connected by a wide network of roads.