Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal
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9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 5:00 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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  • niluanu
    Chennai (Madras), India673 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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, Arizona2,439 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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, India167 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    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, Massachusetts52 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
  • Vaidyanathan B
    Bengaluru, India117 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    No Proper Announcement
    From the internet saw the opening time for Sunday evening was 6. Visited this place on 3rd March 2024 at 6pm and a BIG disappointment awaited us. The Palace was CLOSED and has been CLOSED for some weeks and will remain CLOSED for some more time for some work going on there. But the disappointment is that the authorities have failed to disclose this in the internet and other medium. Saw plenty of people coming and returning disappointed like us. Hope the authorities wake up and keep their information up-to-date for all to see and plan. Photos taken are all from outside only.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 March 2024
  • Sweetra
    United States279 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a Visit
    This palace is very close to Meenakshi so it makes sense to visit when visiting the area. You can see the remains of the part that was damaged from the street across from the temple. There is a lot of construction going on inside the palace with a lot of tools and dirt around. But the courtyard is beautiful. The architecture is very pretty and the colors still remain. The columns and arches are magnificent and the ceiling carvings and coloring are beautiful. I could not help but take pictures of the columns from every angle.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 April 2024
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Sweetra
United States279 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This palace is very close to Meenakshi so it makes sense to visit when visiting the area. You can see the remains of the part that was damaged from the street across from the temple. There is a lot of construction going on inside the palace with a lot of tools and dirt around. But the courtyard is beautiful. The architecture is very pretty and the colors still remain. The columns and arches are magnificent and the ceiling carvings and coloring are beautiful. I could not help but take pictures of the columns from every angle.
Written 25 April 2024
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Vaidyanathan B
Bengaluru, India117 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
From the internet saw the opening time for Sunday evening was 6. Visited this place on 3rd March 2024 at 6pm and a BIG disappointment awaited us. The Palace was CLOSED and has been CLOSED for some weeks and will remain CLOSED for some more time for some work going on there. But the disappointment is that the authorities have failed to disclose this in the internet and other medium. Saw plenty of people coming and returning disappointed like us. Hope the authorities wake up and keep their information up-to-date for all to see and plan. Photos taken are all from outside only.
Written 6 March 2024
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Ambarish2012
Kolkata (Calcutta), India184 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Not much to see. Just 1 building is present. That toois under renovation. The structure and grandeur is worth the visit.
Written 2 March 2024
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Nicole S
Boston, MA52 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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, India52 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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, India167 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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, AZ2,439 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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), India673 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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, India60 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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