Kuthira Malika (Puthen Malika) Palace

Kuthira Malika was built in the 1840s by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal of Travancore Royal Family in the south-eastern side of Padmanabhaswamy temple in Trivandrum.  The palace displays traditional Travancore style of architecture with 122 wooden horses carved into the wall brackets and hence the name Kuthira Malika.  A portion of the palace now consists of a museum displaying paintings, weapons, ivory thrones, precious stones, sculptures and precious gifts given to the Royal Family by foreign rulers.

The palace also has a Navarathri Mandapam, which is the venue for Swathi Sangeethotsavam, conducted every year from January 6 to 12.  The Mandapam has 50 clay pots hung upside down from the ceiling, which is a traditional way to reflect sound waves and boost the quality of sound.  The palace has 80 rooms in total, but only 20 are open for visitors now.

Open Hours:  8:30 AM to 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM.  Closed on Mondays.

Address:  Pazhavangadi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695023

Phone:  +91 471 2473952

How to reach:

  1. Nearest railway station is Trivandrum Central (1 km).
  2. Nearest airport is Trivandrum International and Domestic Airport (6 km).
  3. Nearest bus station is Trivandrum KSRTC Bus Station (1 km).

 

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