Palaces and Museums of Kerala

Kowdiyar PalaceA land bathed in ancient history and culture, Kerala is host many palace and museums. The palaces of Kerala are prominent for their wood work and paneling. The gabled roofs and the wooden pillars reflect the unique splendor of ancient Keralite architecture. Most of the palaces have been home of the ancient royals f the land like the Arakkal Ali Raja, Maharaja Sree Chithira Thirunal Bala Rama Varama and Raja Marthanda Varma.Many of the palaces have also been built by the European voyagers like the Mattancherry palace. The museums in Kerala are manifestations of the rich traditions and culture of the past glory of the royal era in Kerala. Ancient palace and huge buildings today stand testimony to the glory of the bygone era.These palaces are the backbone of Kerala Tourism

List of Palaces and Museums in Kerala

Arakkal Kettu : (3 km from Kannur) This was the residence of the former Arakkal Ali Raja, the only Muslim royal family of Kerala.

Archaeological Museum ,Thrissur : The one time summer palace of the Raja of Kollengode now houses a mélange of artifacts.

Art Museum, Thrissur : It displays collections of wood carvings, metal sculptures, ancient jewelers and some Chinese and Japanese artifacts.

Hill Palace ,Tripunithura,Kochi : The official residence of the erstwhile Maharajas of Kochi this palace was built in 1865.Spread over to 52 acres of terraced land, the palace complex houses consists of 49 buildings, a deer park and facilities for horse riding. Thirteen galleries of oil paintings,19th century paintings,murals,sculptures in stones and plaster of Paris,manuscripts,inscription and coirs belonging to royal family are displayed here.

Kanakakkunnu Palace,Thiruvananthapuram : This palace is a great museum showing glorious history and tradition of Kerala.Now,the palace and its premises are also venues for many cultural meets and programmes.

Kowdiyar Palace,Thiruvananthapuram : This palace was the residence of the late Maharaja Sree Chithira Thirunal Bala Rama Varma and his family. The visitors are not allowed inside the palace.

Koyikkal Palace : (18 km from Thiruvananthapuram) Located on the way to Ponmudi Hill Station, this ancient palace dates back to the 15th century. This palace representates traditional nalukettu, the typical old Kerala architecture.

Krishnapuram Palace : (47 km from Alappuzha) This palace in Karthikapally in Kayamkulam was built by King Marthada Varma in 18th century. It is famous for the mural paintings of the puranic story of Gajendramoksham which sizes in 14 feet by 11 feet.

Kuthiramalika Palace Museum (Puthenmalika) :The place was built by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma,who was versatile genius. The palace museum displays rich painting and several priceless collections of the royal family and is located very near to Sree Padmanabha temple.

Mattancherry Palace Museum (Dutch Palace) : Built by Portuguese in 1557 and presented to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi,the palace was renovated in 1669 by the Dutch.

Museum of Kerala History : (8 km from Kochi) It showcases historical episodes from the Neolithic to the modern era through life size figures. Light and sound shows are regularly organized with commentaries in English and Malayalam.

Napier MuseumNapier Museum,Thiruvananthapuram : Napier Museum is a reservoir of bronze idols, historical ornaments and other archeological treasures. Built in the 19th century, this museum is perfect example of Indo- Saracenic structure.

Nilambur Teak Museum : The world’s first teak museum is situated 4 km away from Nilambur on the way of Nilambur – Gudallur.It is alos the sub centre of Kerala Forest Research Institute. With a two storeyed building, the museum offers all information about teak with various exhibitions.

Nileswaram Palace : The cultural centre of the district ,this was the seat of the Nileswar Rajas. The Nileswaram palace today functions as the folklore centre of the Department of Archaeology.

Parikshith Tampuram Museum, Ernakulam : A treasure house of Coins,bronzes,murals and megalithic relics of Kerala, this museum attracts a huge crowd.

Pazhassiraja Museum and Art Gallery : (5 km from Kozhikode) On display here are copies of ancient murals, antique bronzes, old coins, excavated earthenware, models of temple, megalithic monuments like dolmonoid cysts etc.

Poonjar Palace : (47 km from Kottayam and 18 km from Palai) This is glorious testimony to the regal opulence of a past.Inside the royal palace there is a vast collection of antiques.

Shakthan Thampuran Palace, Thrissur : Also known as Palace Thoppu, the campus covers an area of six acres. Here you can see three tombs including that of the renowned Shakthan Thampuran,the greatest ruler of Cochin dynasty.

 Wayanad Heritage Museum : Located near the Ambukutti hills, the heritage museum displays artifacts and belongings of the various tribes of the land. This palace representates typical old Kerala architecture.

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