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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  • The palace is good and the best part is the garden for romantic getaway with your loved once..very nice and quiet garden to spent some quality time with family and kids. It would have been much better...  more »
  • This is a historic palace. Shaktan Thampuran is believed to have ruled from Thrissur. Majestic. I would have been happier ifd there were more historic paraphernalia of that time for visitors to see.  more »
  • This palace is built by King of Thrissur - Shakthan. Kindly check the opening and closing hours before visiting it.  more »
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  • Well maintained.. They have museum which displays articles used by royal family.. Located near private bus stand.. Easily accessible.. There is entry fees.. They also charge fee for camera and mobile cameras.. Photography inside palace is prohibited..
  • A nice place to visit.. must visit place for those who love history.. good ambience.. there's a heritage garden too.. great collection of artefacts..good architectural works.. you can see Vadakkechira pond beside the palace.. it's nice to spend time in the garden..
  • The best historical palace giving lots of informations about all royal kingdom and other important archaeological antiquity s ,most important thing is inside the Thrissur city this place is unique from others because of the 6 acres of land full of different types of herbals plants and trees .good and fresh refreshments air flow .the best peaceful heritage garden for relaxing .and good clean toilet facilities , drinking water facilities also ....must visit this place
  • The main structure of the Sakthan Thampuran Palace has a two-storeyed building and a traditional Kerala style Naalukettu. 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 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. The palace was converted into a museum in 2005 by State.
  • It's a nice place to visit.For those who are interested in history and ancient items this place is ideal for them. you can find bronze statues belonging to the period between the 12th and the 18th centuries, Sculpture gallery displaying granite statues from the 9th century to the 17th century, Numismatics Gallery, which systematically displays ancient coins, which were in circulation in the former province of Kochi and neighbouring kingdoms and the history gallery depicting some of the milestones of the Kochi dynasty and the Epigraphy Gallery showcasing the genesis and evolution of ancient writings. Other galleries of interest at the palace include, a Gallery for Household Utensils made of bronze and copper, used by the rulers of Kochi. and a Megalithic Gallery exhibiting remains of the great stone age.

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