Padmanabhapuram Palace
Padmanabhapuram Palace
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9:00 AM - 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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  • podroznikzrodzinaj
    Sapporo, Japan13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful buildings but rude staff.
    Beautiful palace that is very poorly managed. On busy days, like this long weekends, crowds overwhelm hallways. Staff has not developed any manner of staggering groups moving through the building. There no information beyond what you can find in Wikipedia. The staff on-site is unfriendly and uninformed. I would probably recommend going there with a guide can help one negotiate crowds and arcane shoe removing protocol, as well as provide good compendium of historic facts. The disrepair, water leaks and other damage are disconcerting.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 October 2023
  • Manoj
    Thiruvalla, India33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth to visit
    Padmanabhapuram, a small town in Kanyakumari District claims an important place in history, for it was once a thriving capital of the powerful Venad kingdom that ruled over the southern regions of the present Kerala state. Wooden structures with exceptional arcitectural style! Manimeda, Navarathri Mandapam, Uppirikka Malika, Homappura, oottupura, lakshmi Vilasam,Ayudhappura and Ambari Mukappu all are very impressive. Really felt Royal !!!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 October 2023
  • Vinith Vijayan
    Thane, India45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Palace Visit
    This palace is very familiar with south Indian as many film shootings of Malayalam films have been shot here. It houses antique artifacts showing the rich culture and history of the era. The walls of the Palace has intricate wooden detailing which is a trademark of the traditional architecture of Kerala. Though located in Tamil Nadu it is very much a part of Kerala and the property belongs to Kerala Government
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 January 2024
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Pamela P
14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Well worth a visit. Agood guide book would be nice. The carving was amazing. The museum seemed to be closed when we were there. The drive there from Kovalam was lovely.
Written 8 March 2024
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Vinith Vijayan
Thane, India45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This palace is very familiar with south Indian as many film shootings of Malayalam films have been shot here. It houses antique artifacts showing the rich culture and history of the era. The walls of the Palace has intricate wooden detailing which is a trademark of the traditional architecture of Kerala. Though located in Tamil Nadu it is very much a part of Kerala and the property belongs to Kerala Government
Written 8 January 2024
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Manoj
Thiruvalla, India33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Padmanabhapuram, a small town in Kanyakumari District claims an important place in history, for it was once a thriving capital of the powerful Venad kingdom that ruled over the southern regions of the present Kerala state.
Wooden structures with exceptional arcitectural style!
Manimeda, Navarathri Mandapam, Uppirikka Malika, Homappura, oottupura, lakshmi Vilasam,Ayudhappura and Ambari Mukappu all are very impressive.
Really felt Royal !!!
Written 23 October 2023
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podroznikzrodzinaj
Sapporo, Japan13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Beautiful palace that is very poorly managed. On busy days, like this long weekends, crowds overwhelm hallways. Staff has not developed any manner of staggering groups moving through the building. There no information beyond what you can find in Wikipedia. The staff on-site is unfriendly and uninformed. I would probably recommend going there with a guide can help one negotiate crowds and arcane shoe removing protocol, as well as provide good compendium of historic facts.
The disrepair, water leaks and other damage are disconcerting.
Written 1 October 2023
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Big Indian Tours
Kochi (Cochin), India321 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Historical Significance: The palace boasts a rich history spanning 400 years, and it is meticulously preserved to offer visitors a glimpse into the past. The guided palace tour provides a deep understanding of South Indian architecture, allowing visitors to appreciate its intricate details and craftsmanship. Its wooden architecture, intricate carvings, mural paintings, antique furniture, and hidden passages all contribute to the immersive experience.
Guided Tour Experience: The organized tour is complemented by knowledgeable guides stationed throughout the palace, offering insights into the significance of each structure and area. Spending about 2 hours exploring the palace allows for a comprehensive experience, delving into the various aspects of its history and architecture.
Entrance Fee: The entrance fee is a charge of Rs 40 per adult. There's also a fee of Rs 20 for using a phone camera to take pictures and Rs 60 for DSLR cameras. The pricing is reasonable, considering the rich cultural and historical value the palace offers. Try avoiding long weekends and public holidays as there will be huge rush here.
Written 2 September 2023
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Ann
Marietta, GA133 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
It was sad to visit this historic site that has so much to offer to tourists & see very poor upkeep & signage. I would not recommend it to people visiting internationally. It’s rich in architecture & history and yet there is barely any information printed out and posted for visitors to understand the architecture & how the spaces were used. The volunteers there give you a basic introduction to each room “this is the dining hall” or “this is the ladies waiting room” but that’s about it. Most of the directional signage is broken. Many areas are closed off with sad broken, mismatched, uneven barriers. It’s hard to get a good photo of many areas (the dance hall is a great example of this) because of these barricades, garbage, old furniture, broken rails, electrical wires, exposed power panels & tiles/debris shoved in many corners. See pics. I’m sure the government of Kerala can do better.
Right from the entrance gate, water fountains, to the room where you leave your shoes needs updating. India is so rich in culture so it’s always upsetting to see it maintained & presented in such a sad state.
Written 7 July 2023
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P V
Pinner, UK195 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Visited this on own way to Kanyakumari. Lovely Nepalese pagoda style palace. Has low arches and doors so beware you don't hit your head. Beautifully ceiling with unique wooden carvings. Well preserved but the local government.
Written 4 March 2023
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Baarish
Mumbai, India559 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
This wooden mansion is unique but doesn’t live up to its name of palace.
It’s quite plain.
A few rooms look dramatic due to the light filtering through the wooden slats.
Visit only if you are passing through this area
Written 30 January 2023
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skdel2016
National Capital Territory of Delhi, India280 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The place mainly carved with tick wood. You will feel it's a small palace at start , but gradually you enter and go inside its being bigger and bigger. Thin corridor's for safety, place for king , queen , grand quuen, english visitors, dance room, place fo feast , arms stores..... many more... Maximum part is made of wood and stones. a must visit place.
Written 5 December 2022
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Karishma H
Bristol, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
The Palace is definitely a must-visit in your itinerary of South India. The wooden carvings are astonishing!
The palace is very well organised and maintained. The sign boards inside the Palace are very helpful and give a proper full tour of the Palace. Also, the authorities inside explain about the different spots. The Palace is surrounded by lush green trees and plants. It was a very pleasant experience!
Written 10 August 2022
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