Palace Museum, a classic specimen of
Architecture is situated in 'Kuthiramalika'.
The palace, with its excellent carvings and amazing architectural designs, is by itself a slice of heritage. The museum has a wide range of exhibits representing the erstwhile state of Travancore.
The Kuthiramalika Palace was built by His Highness the Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma of Travancore. The Palace museum adorned with paintings and amusing collections of the erstwhile royal family. It is an example of Travancore style of architecture.
The palace with its white washed walls, granite and marble cables supporting the wooden gables and the slatted windows beneath the red-tiled windows reflects the typical Kerala Architectural Style.
Each of the 16 rooms of the palace has different ceilings carved in sandalwood. It is said that it took 5,000 workers and four years to complete the construction work of the palace.
Artifacts On Display
The Museum displays the paintings and various priceless collections of the royal family.
The Paintings and other curios offer a rare glimpse into the private lives of the members of the royal family. The first room of the palace houses 14 life-size figures depicting various scenes from the Kerala legends and Kathakali.
Magnificent ivory cots, thrones of kings, a musical tree that produces the eight 'swaras' when tapped, etc are a few of the attractions of the museum.
The Palace and Museum is open to visitors on all days except Monday from 8.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 3 to 5.30 p.m.
Entry fee is Rs. 10 per head. Photography is not permitted within the building.