Kanakakunnu Palace & Grounds, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

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Kanakakkunnu Palace is situated in Thiruvananthapuram near the Napier museum.Today the palace and its sprawling grounds are the venue for many cultural meets and programmes. An all India Dance Festival (October to March) is organised by the Department of Tourism every year. During this period the classical Indian Dance performances are conducted every day. There are several tourists streaming from many foreign countries every year.HistoryIt is said to be built by Sree Moolam Thirunal.It has been later used by the travancore royal family to entertain its guests and serve non vegetarian food as the royal family was vegetarian. It is now protected by the tourism department the palace plays host to a lot of cultural meets and programs. The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has listed this place as a heritage monument.DetailsLocated about 800 meters north east of the Napier Museum in the heart of Trivandrum city, Kanakakunnu Palace is one of the last architectural vestiges of the colonial era. Built during the reign of Travancore king Sree Moolam Thirunal (1885−1924) with the help of Viswabrahmin, the palace served as the main venue for royal banquets. Later Swathi Thirunal, one of Travancore’s popular rulers, refurbished the palace and constructed tennis courts in the premises. He also did use it for a few years as a summer retreat. Boasting a Kerala style facade, the Travancore royal family used the house to entertain guests. Inside you will see massive crystal chandeliers and an array of exquisite pieces of royal furniture – a testimony to the lavish lifestyle of the Thirunal kings who had a penchant for music and art. Add to it a picturesque setting on the crest of a small hill lush with meadows, grooves and flowering shrubs.
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  • August 19, 2017
    This is one of the old palaces of the erstwhile royal family. This palace and its vicinity is now widely used for cultural and other entertainment activities. The tourism week during Onam is the best ...  more »
  • June 24, 2017
    The best hangout places in Trivandrum.And has a wonderful greenery around the area which makes it more beautiful.  more »
  • May 26, 2017
    This is a old Palace. Now it is used for many cultural activities and exhibitions. The surrounding has a good Park to sit and relax. Also a good picnic spot. Situated near the Zoo building.  more »
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  • July 6, 2017
    Extremely well maintained and clean. One of the best places in the city to just kick back and relax with friends or family. Not too crowded and the natural ambience is soothing You can always spot something unique or entertaining going on here if you keep your eyes open. Parking could be a problem though. Especially during peak hours.
  • July 16, 2017
    Best place to relax inside Trivandrum city. Good for family picnics, meditation, photography. This place also has a well maintained indoor stadium. Well maintained.
  • July 4, 2017
    One of the calm and quite place. Best tourist spot. A small palace is here. Exhibitions are organized on this place. Near by places are. Museum, zoo, museum palace, soorykanti auditorium, art gallery, planatorium etc
  • July 6, 2017
    Very well maintained safe garden with the palace. The morning walkers are quality people, no riff raff around, people mind their own business, one walk at ones own pace without hurry, the slopes are great, cardiac exercise site, with more than enough level ground too.
  • July 12, 2017
    Nice and beautiful scenery. Calm and quiet. Can spend lots of time with family

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