Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

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Discover a palace made in traditional Kerala architectural style, Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, and learn about its history and influence. The palace is named after 122 horses carved into the wooden wall brackets beneath the southern part of the roof. Observe the detailed carvings of the wooden ceiling, with each of 80 rooms in its own, distinctive pattern. Of 80 rooms, only 20 are open to the tourists. Walk upon the floor made of egg whites, charcoal, and limestone, the materials that make it cold and smooth even in summer weather. To visit Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace on your trip to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), use our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) trip itinerary planner.
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  • Input hidden Temple on the way to the Padmanabhaswamy. Generous winding Palace of the Maharaja of Travancore. The interiors are accessible only in a guided group. Our leader's English was difficult to understand, his commitment kept within limits. Many interesting exhibits, very interesting wooden architectural style. Must see!
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  • Offers a tour of Travancore history and life during the time of King's rule. You must check the open and closing times before you schedule the visit.  more »
  • real nice museum, could be maintained better, and @Kerala government,please pay the local guides, they really try very hard!  more »
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  • Puthen Malika palace most popularly known as Kuthira Malika (Mansion of Horses), is a palace built by Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma, on the south-eastern side of Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram. . Built in the 1840s, Kuthira Malika is an example of traditional Kerala architecture, with its typical sloping roofs, overhanging eaves, pillared verandahs and enclosed courtyards. Intricate carvings adorn the wooden ceilings, with each room having a distinctive pattern. The construction of the palace was completed by 5000 workers in four years. The palace is made from teakwood, rosewood, marble, and granite.[1] The roof of the palace is made of wood and 42 beams support the carved patterns. The roof is supported by granite pillars. Floral motifs dot the ceiling of the verandah.[2] The main 16 rooms of the palace are constructed in 16 different patterns. In all, the palace contains 80 rooms, of which 20 were opened for visitors in 1995.[1] The floor inside the palace is made of egg whites, charcoal, and limestone, which make it cold and smooth even in hot weather conditions.[1] The concert venue built in the palace premises uses traditional sound reflectors comprising fifty clay pots hung upside down from the ceiling. .A portion of Kuthira Malika has been converted to a Palace Museum that houses some of the assets owned by the Travancore Royal Family. Although 80 rooms are there in the palace, only 20 are open for visitors. A guided tour is available inside the palace. The palace collections include 14 life-sizeKathakali mannequins, Belgian and Italian mirrors, crystal chandeliers, paintings, a giant Belgian harpoon, armaments, musical instruments, traditional furniture, a musical tree which produces 8 sounds on tapping, and other artifacts. On the right side of the mannequins are the ivory cradles of various sizes. The palace has on display two royal thrones, one made from 24 elephant tusks (Dantasimhasana) and the other of Bohemian crystal with the Tranvancore emblem 'conch' adorning the top of the backrest. The palace has a large collection of idols and sculptures made from white marble.. On the first floor are rooms that once served as the audience chamber, the library and an alcove that Swathi Thirunal used for meditating and for conceiving many of his famous musical compositions. This place offers a direct view of the Padmanabhaswamy temple gopuram. The small wooden stair there contains carvings of peacock, elephant, and dragon. Ceiling of the rooms contain paintings of parrot, peacock, and elephant. One of the rooms displays an illusion portrait of Sree Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, painted by Svetoslav Roerich. The face and the shoes of the king appear facing the onlooker from every corner of the room.
  • beautiful and architecturaly interesting building - definately worth a visit even if you suffer from palace-fatigueness - notice all the minute details in the design and decoration!
  • It is a very interesting place to see, just next to the Temple. Always wait for a guide as you will be told a lot of interesting facts about the palace. Additional tip after the 30-minute tour is expected.

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