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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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  • Small palace with nice collection of the things used by king... Well maintained... ASI guys provided info on all the items on display. Walk through the Heritage garden was refreshing 
  • ANCIENT KING SHKTHAN Thampuran lived here ,olden days this is called palace ,now a days bigger houses build in thrissur .still you find some interesting things like garden, and old cooking plates etc ...  more »
  • The museum is well maintained and gives a glimpse into the history of Kerala and the erstwhile princely states. Avoid going in the afternoon as there is very little shade and it tends to get hot outsi...  more »
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  • Small palace with nice collection of the things used by king...Well maintained... ASI guys provided info on all the items on display.you can find some interesting things like garden, and old cooking plates etc.Walk through the Heritage garden was refreshing.The museum is well maintained and gives a glimpse into the history of Kerala and the erstwhile princely states. Avoid going in the afternoon as there is very little shade and it tends to get hot outside.
  • A good walk through to the history of Thrissur Calm and quiet place, very good atmosphere
  • One of the major historical palace in kerala. Much knowledge is available for students
  • Quite and serene atmosphere.... A relaxing mood all around.... Perfect place for couples...
  • A great place to spend time. Have a small archaeological museum. Also got a garden to sit and talk.