Padmanabhapuram Palace, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

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Located in Padmanabhapuram Fort, Padmanabhapuram Palace was constructed in the 17th century by the ruler of Venad. The sprawling Kerala architecture holds rooms like the king's council chamber, the performance hall, and even a four-story mansion in the center of the complex. Head straight for the king's council chamber, which impresses with its beautiful lattice work and polished, dark floor composed of burnt coconut shells, egg whites, and other surprising materials. Also look for the queen mother's palace, the oldest structure in the entire complex. Tour guides offer detailed walkthroughs of the attraction in English. Work out when and for how long to visit Padmanabhapuram Palace and other Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) attractions using our handy Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) vacation trip planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Padmanabhapuram was once the capital of the princely state of Travancore, a state that later merged with Cochin and Malabar district to form the present state of Kerala. The Padmanabhapuram palace is ...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Good visit, keeping us aware of our cultural heritage. Lunch break upto 2:00pm. So visit before 12:00 noon or after 2:00. Museum closes at 4:00pm. Entry for Indians is 35/- and other nationals 300/-  more »
  • August 1, 2017
    There is nothing much to see here , it's on the way from kanyakumari to trivandrum, instead of this near by place we can go to poovar islands  more »
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  • June 19, 2017
    Well maintained palace, staff everywhere to explain the details, very helpful staffs.. Road leads to the palace need to be improved, roads are very narrow and not even enough for single way traffic.. Looks like state govt not interested to help people who visit the palace since it is not under the state govt.
  • March 28, 2017
    People managing here never understand the difficulties faced by visitors. Be it Indians or foreigners. Hot sand, hot stones to walk. Children old people tortured in walking in hot surface. Only making money is the policy of these palace people. No water facility. Ladies stand in queues to attend nature calls. Which include Indians and foreigners. There is nothing great to see inside. Rs 35.00 ticket for Indians and 300.00for foreigners. Unfortunate foreigners feel cheated for the treatment in and out. Very poor way of tour arrangements. Some students appear as volunteers who it appears know no English. Foreigners who pay 300.00 are crazily looking at all these and scolding India. No water, no fans, no proper toilets. Cheap fellows. Long queue for ticket at ticket counter. One old man hesitantly issues tickets. Lot of children in hundreds are coming and don't understand all these and struggle in hot sun, surface, steep steps which are taller than them... Climbing telling iyappa.. getting afraid of their teachers. Pathetic sight. Never visit this place thinking as something very great.
  • July 10, 2017
    Superb place to visit. Good place for weekend trips with family or friends. Its a well maintained old palace of travancore king and is still under the government of kerala. Guides are there to explain about each and every constructions and arts.
  • July 16, 2017
    Excellent place. Everything is explained by guides in each part of the palace. The road to the palace is poorly maintained. Most of the times, two way traffic is not possible without one vehicle going off the road.
  • July 5, 2017
    super palace...were we will go were we will come out only confusion. watch the sealing of the palace it has been carved with different design. outside it filled with sand so nice. on the entrance you can find the deepam. Ravivarma painting can bee seen here. place inside is cool.

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The main accommodations in Thiruvananthapuram proper lie to the north of the main train station. Ranging from boutiques set in colonial-era buildings to side street youth hostels with dormitory-style rooms, the choice throughout the city covers a wide range. However, plenty of visitors to Thiruvananthapuram choose to stay closer to the coast instead, arranging day trips to the city itself. Nearby beach resorts, such as Varkala and Kovalam, rank high on visitors' lists, with abundances of boutique hotels, beach huts, and resorts.
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