Thursday, June 30, 2011

Kuthira Malika / Puthenmalika Palace Museum

Kuthiramalika Palace was established by the Travancore Maharajah Sri Swathi Thirunal  Balarama Varma . Sri Swathi Thirunal was a well known poet, musician, statesman and a social reformer. This Kuthiramalika Palace is a rare specimen of worksmanship  which was built in the traditional travancore style of Architecture.   The palace has been exquisitely carved on the wooden panels. At present the place is a museum which displays the paintings  and other collections of the royal family over the years.

Kuthira Malika  palace is located  very close to the Padmanabhaswamy temple  and is also known as the Puthenmalika meaning a New Mansion. The name Kuthira Malika was derived from the fact that there are 122 horses carved on the wooden wall brackets  which support the southern of the roof of the palace  You can get various informations about the fashion and the  style of the architecture in the mid 19th century.

Swathi Thirunal Sangeetholsavam / Swathi Thirunal Music Festival is held  every year during 6th to 12th January. Programs of Carnatic as well as Hindusthani Classical  are held  at the Kuthira malika palace every year.   The beautiful  Palace and the landscaped gardens have also been used in film shootings  as the beauty of the palace and the ground have been maintained regularly.

Entrance Timings for the Kuthiramalika Palace are from 8.30 am - 12. 30 pm and 3 pm - 5.30 pm
Entrance Fees are Rs 5/ for adults, Rs 3/ for children, Rs 20/ for foreigners and  Rs 25/ for the camera
The Palace Museum will be closed on  Mondays  
Tel: 0471 247 3952

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