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Shakthan Thampuran Palace, Thrissur

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Shakthan Thampuran Palace is situated in City of Thrissur in Kerala state, India. It is named as Vadakkekara Palace, was reconstructed in Kerala-Dutch style in 1795 by Ramavarma Thampuran of the erstwhile Princely State of Cochin, well as Sakthan Thampuran (Greatest ruler of the Cochin dynasty) is preserved by Archaeological Department. The palace was converted into a museum in 2005 by State.StyleThe main structure of the Sakthan Thampuran Palace has a two-storeyed building and a traditional Kerala style Nālukettu. High roofs, extra thick walls, spacious rooms and floors paved with finely smoothened Italian marbles are some of the structural specialities of this palace. The interiors of the palace, because of its unique construction offer comfortable and pleasant staying conditions irrespective of the prevailing weather conditions.HistorySakthan Thampuran Palace once belonged to the Perumpadappu Swaroopam, the ruling dynasty of Kochi. This was the centre of power of King Rama Varma Sakthan Thampuran, who ruled Kochi between AD 1790 and 1805. His rule was regarded as the Golden Era of the Cochin dynasty. The palace is close to the Vadakkumnathan Temple in Thrissur. Saktan Thampuran is credited with the introduction of the Thrissur Pooram festival, an annual festival in May with teams representing the Parmekavu Bhagavathy temple and Tiruvambadi Krishna temple competing for primacy in front of the Vadakkumnathan temple with elephants, percussion, drums, fireworks, etc. The palace was once known as Vadakkechira Kovilakam and it was the king who renovated it into the present form. The palace keeps with it the historical remnants of some important events like the visit of Tipu Sultan with his army. The last member of the royal family to reside here was Rama Varma Bharathan Thampuran, a grand nephew of Chowwarayil Theepetta Veliyathampuran. The palace has a very old Sarpakavu (sacred serpent grove) in its premises.
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  • If interested in history, this place is worth visiting. A palace well maintained with guides to give a guided knowledge able tour.  more »
  • This is not a very big place...but a small and beautiful palace of Sakthan Thampuran- The king of Kochi. Well maintained along the stone paved pathways.. The utensils, costumes, arms and currency used...  more »
  • A monument which stands in the heart of thrissur...Gives so much of historical informations and also about Sakthan Thampuran..  more »
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  • I loved to visit those historic places. And the museum holds mysteries about the old thirukochi and old kerela.. And the old house hold items was more excited to see and such huge things to be preserved with out any damages the dept. Of zoo and hpmuseum holds the credits for that. His highness Sakthan Tampuran was a pride to kerala. ..
  • Till this Palace was taken over by the Archaeological Department of Kerala, Mr. Bharathan Thampuran, one of the descendant of Sakthan Thampuran along with his wife Ms.Rema Thampuratti was residing in this Palace for quite a long time. In my younger days ( 1960 ies & 1970 ies ) myself used to visit this family & stay with them for a few days, since Ms. Rema Thampuratti is my father's paternal cousin sister. The Prime state of Sakthan Thampuran College of Mathematics & Arts, was initiated in this Palace by Mr. Ajith Raja of Manakkulam , son of Ms. Mallika Thampuratti, sister to Ms.Rema Thampuratti.
  • The historic palace and the treasures preserved with all the beauty. The garden gives an awesome ambience to awaken brain and attain great peace of mind.
  • The palace is well maintained. It is not crowded by visitors all the time. There is a heritage park in the palace compound, with good ambience...
  • Shakthan Thampuran Palace is situated in City of Thrissur in Kerala state, India. It is named as Vadakkekara Palace, was reconstructed in Kerala-Dutch style in 1795 by Ramavarma Thampuran of the erstwhile Princely State of Cochin, well as Sakthan Thampuran (Greatest ruler of the Cochin dynasty) is preserved by Archaeological Department. The palace was converted into a museum in 2005 by State.