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