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Padmanabhapuram Palace

Listed under Castles & Palaces in Nagercoil, India.

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Near the Valli river in Kerala lies a vast, imposing granite fortress, set impressively against the green, cloud capped hills, with low, red-roofed village houses scattered around its base.

Inside you will find a huge palace, built in the early 17 th century for the royalty of Travancore in the most elaborate style of the time. It remains one of the most highly regarded pieces of art and architecture that Kerala has to offer.

It is made up of four main parts which extend from out the central royal living quarters: the Mother's Palace, with its beautifully carved 'room of solitude', the Hall of Performance, containing a large, polished floor and monolithic granite columns, and the Southern palace, one of the oldest sections which now houses a museum. Most important, though, is the Council Chamber, which contains many of the most unique and ornate examples of the smooth, delicate Kerala wood carving and other construction techniques, such as exquisite latticework in the walls and a dark, level floor made of a form of natural fibre cement, very advanced for the time at which it was made.

The whole palace is so refreshingly cool and shady, and contains so many fascinating, original artworks (such as the King's aromatic, carved wooden bed, the colourful murals, the mysterious underground escape tunnel and the weaponry holders embedded in the walls in case of a surprise), that it is quite possible to spend the best part of a day there.

Written by  larapiegeler.

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