Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal
3.5
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9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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  • Hey Pretty!
    Bengaluru, India9 contributions
    Beautiful Palace!
    We went with a guide and it was a last minute decision. We went with a guide from Yo Madhurai. I am glad we went - its a beautiful palace with lot of history and story - amazing architecture and domes. You will love it if you like quaint buildings and architecture.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 14 April 2023
  • Andrew D
    Singapore, Singapore398 contributions
    Feels empty
    The palace was undergoing renovation during our visit with some areas closed. The palace itself feels relatively empty though some parts are undeniably beautifully decorated. Inside the palace, there is also a museum but without interpretative panels to help us decipher the significance of the exhibited items.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 April 2023
  • niluanu
    Chennai (Madras), India604 contributions
    Worth a visit
    A historic palace in the heart of Madurai, this place is a protected monument and one of the prime tourist attractions of the city. Open from 9am till 5pm with a half hour lunch break, the palace was built in the 17th century as a residence of the King Thirumalai Nayak. The massive pillars and the Indo Saracenic architecture are notable features of the palace. Maintenance is poor and renovation of certain sections was in progress at the time of our visit. There is a light and sound show in the evening. There are no fans, which makes it quite uncomfortable in warm weather. Mosquitoes are also a menace and it is difficult to sit through the full show. A few pedestal fans would definitely solve the problem. Worth a visit in any case
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 September 2023
  • AZCasualTraveler
    Mesa, Arizona1,911 contributions
    Ancient Former Magnicficant Palace
    Thirumalai Nayak Mahal (Palace) was constructed as a residence for the then King Thirumalai Nayak in 1636 AD. It is said that King had recruited an Italian architect for designing this palace. The Palace was built with the intention of creating a masterpiece for the then King to stay is undoubtedly one of the best architectures of ancient times. The interiors of this palace had intricate paintings and sculpting. Paintings on the roof of the palace are worth noticing. Currently only a few parts of the palace has remained. Most of the parts of this magnificent palace was taken away during various reigns with changing times. The Palace is now under the protection of the Tamil Nadu Archaeological Department, and this palace was declared as a national monument.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 September 2023
  • Hemant Varshney
    New Delhi, India136 contributions
    Great architecture
    Great architecture, huge circular pillars in the hall. This is a darbar hall of Palace which belongs to Nayakas dynasty king. A center courtyard surrounded by huge circular pillars. You should visit if you really admire of great architecture
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 October 2023
  • Nicole S
    Boston, Massachusetts48 contributions
    Not a must-see but fun to wander around
    We hired Mr Rajesh (+919994849453) to take us to the Meenakshi temple earlier in the day and this palace was included in his tour. It took us about 30 minutes (1/2 hour) to go through, with him explaining things and us taking pictures. There isn't a ton to see, and a lot of work is being done on certain parts. The architecture is pretty and very detailed. Definitely not a must-see in India, but fun to wander around if you're in Madurai.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 January 2024
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Nicole S
Boston, MA48 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
We hired Mr Rajesh (+919994849453) to take us to the Meenakshi temple earlier in the day and this palace was included in his tour. It took us about 30 minutes (1/2 hour) to go through, with him explaining things and us taking pictures. There isn't a ton to see, and a lot of work is being done on certain parts. The architecture is pretty and very detailed. Definitely not a must-see in India, but fun to wander around if you're in Madurai.
Written 20 January 2024
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Neenu V
Chandigarh, India17 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
A beautiful palace supposedly under repair was another case of non interest . The huge pillars are architectural marvel but How can someone be so dispassionate about one’s own heritage!!
Written 13 January 2024
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Hemant Varshney
New Delhi, India136 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
Great architecture, huge circular pillars in the hall. This is a darbar hall of Palace which belongs to Nayakas dynasty king. A center courtyard surrounded by huge circular pillars. You should visit if you really admire of great architecture
Written 1 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

AZCasualTraveler
Mesa, AZ1,911 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Thirumalai Nayak Mahal (Palace) was constructed as a residence for the then King Thirumalai Nayak in 1636 AD. It is said that King had recruited an Italian architect for designing this palace. The Palace was built with the intention of creating a masterpiece for the then King to stay is undoubtedly one of the best architectures of ancient times. The interiors of this palace had intricate paintings and sculpting. Paintings on the roof of the palace are worth noticing.

Currently only a few parts of the palace has remained. Most of the parts of this magnificent palace was taken away during various reigns with changing times. The Palace is now under the protection of the Tamil Nadu Archaeological Department, and this palace was declared as a national monument.
Written 20 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

niluanu
Chennai (Madras), India604 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
A historic palace in the heart of Madurai, this place is a protected monument and one of the prime tourist attractions of the city. Open from 9am till 5pm with a half hour lunch break, the palace was built in the 17th century as a residence of the King Thirumalai Nayak. The massive pillars and the Indo Saracenic architecture are notable features of the palace. Maintenance is poor and renovation of certain sections was in progress at the time of our visit. There is a light and sound show in the evening. There are no fans, which makes it quite uncomfortable in warm weather. Mosquitoes are also a menace and it is difficult to sit through the full show. A few pedestal fans would definitely solve the problem. Worth a visit in any case
Written 11 September 2023
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Anil S
Mumbai, India56 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
A palace of historical importance totally neglected by administration. No parking place.. no signs.. no boards or display of importance of the place.. you can see only pillars. Half of palace is under renovation / ruins..
Written 27 June 2023
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Anandi S
12 contributions
May 2023
We went at 4:30pm and were told that the palace closes at 5pm. So visitors please time your visit accordingly. The imposing
n tall pillars were impressive.Wee quickly went in n took photos. The gallery of artefacts was also interesting.
There is also a sound and light show in English at 645pm n in Tamil at 8pm and lasts for 50minutes. The audience that day was noisy n restless that we could not enjoy the show. It was also interrupted by rain so the show was abandoned abruptly.
Written 31 May 2023
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Andrew D
Singapore, Singapore398 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
The palace was undergoing renovation during our visit with some areas closed. The palace itself feels relatively empty though some parts are undeniably beautifully decorated. Inside the palace, there is also a museum but without interpretative panels to help us decipher the significance of the exhibited items.
Written 29 April 2023
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Moorthy VK
Dubai, United Arab Emirates59 contributions
Apr 2023
Very badly maintained. No fans etc due to which it was just sweating. Lights at night are insufficient and hence scary. Audio light show is horrible. Not worth visiting.
Written 24 April 2023
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Hey Pretty!
Bengaluru, India9 contributions
Apr 2023
We went with a guide and it was a last minute decision. We went with a guide from Yo Madhurai. I am glad we went - its a beautiful palace with lot of history and story - amazing architecture and domes. You will love it if you like quaint buildings and architecture.
Written 14 April 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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