Padmanabhapuram Palace is a gorgeous palace in kanyakumari that is rated at number 1 among the best 10 palaces in the world depicting the rich and diverse cultural heritage of India. The Padmanabhapuram Palace made entirely of wood not any other substance have added that keeps an architectural treasure. With its amazing beauty, it can draw attention of hundreds of visitors every day continuously.
Constructed in the 16th century, this historical monument has been the hub of the Travancore rulers. The architect of this palace was Iravi Varma Kulasekhara Perumal. These kings have ruled Travancore from 1592 to 1609. It continued to be the stronghold of the Travancore royals till the late 18th century. The palace obtains its name from the legendary teachings of Padmanabha meaning the lotus that originated from the navel of the Lord.
The complex is spread out over seven acres encompassing individual structures. It is made of teakwood and granite that is connected by a maze of corridors, verandahs, sprawling courtyards and colonnades. Its distinctive Kerala-style architecture makes it one of the most fascinating palaces in South India. The main entrance of this monument from the west called the ‘padipura’. It comes as an excellent example of decorative gabled roof. There is an audience hall at the upper level of this palace which is spotted with wooden columns and angled timber screens to keep it well-ventilated and let sunlight stream in.
In addition to, one can witness the private quarters of the palace that has four chambers arranged one above the other. These quarters are well-connected by a steep flight of stairs. The one chamber on the ground floor used as a treasury, the second floor is served for sleeping chamber and imperial meditation chamber is on the third and the fourth one is the memorial room.