The prominent Krishnapuram palace is located in Kayamakulam near Alappuzha district, Kerala. It is one of the best surviving princely palaces in Kerala. The palace and its compound cover an area of approximately 1.5 acres. The palace is a two storied sprawling structure constructed with 16 kettu (literally sixteen enclosures) according to Vastushastra doctrine. This means the palace has four quadrangular structures forming four inner courts or patios (nadumuttam in Malayalam). The palace has 22 rooms. The palace replicates the splendor of ancient architectural style of Kerala. The narrow passages, inner court, low ceiling, narrow straight and winding stair cases, sloping angular tile roof, projecting balcony windows (similar to oriel windows in the west) etc. make up an outstanding model of this architectural style.
However, the palace is well known for its fresco, Gajendramoksham, which embellishes the wall of the bathing house (neerazhikkettu) which is attached to the palace. The mural covers an area of 49 square meters and it is the massive mural in Kerala. The theme is Lord Vishnu’s redemption of an elephant caught by an awful crocodile. Lord Vishnu shot his chakra at the crocodile and sits on his carriage Garuda in the sky. The elephant was released from the clutch of the crocodile devotedly and thankfully offers lotus flowers to the Lord and many Devas who look down from the sky showers flowers. The unknown artist’s masterful strokes continue to delight and marvel viewers.
The palace currently is an archaeological museum as well as a protected monument under the State Archaeological Department of Kerala. A number of historical specimen’s and antique artifacts from various parts of the country are exhibited here.
Visiting hours: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm except Monday