Padmanabhapuram Palace is a magnificent wooden palace of the 16th century located in Thuckalay which is 64km away from Thiruvananthapuram central. It is an exact specimen of indigenous architectural style of Kerala. India architect par excellence, Charles Correa, was selected as one among the top ten architects of the world by the British Institute of architects, pronounced that it is his most beloved structure.
Padmanabhapuram fort covers an area of around 200 acres with strong fort walls rising to a height of 30 ft. The foundation of this fort is built in the superstructure in red stone and granite. The majestic palace is situated at the centre of the fort. The palace buildings along covers an area of 6.5 acres. The traditional interiors are replete with sculptured decor and intricate rosewood carvings. The palace also contains the murals of 17th and 18th century.
The fort showcases windows with colored mica, musical bow in mahogany, royal chairs with Chinese carvings, ‘Thaikkottaram’ or the Queen Mother’s palace with painted ceilings, rose wood and teak carved ceilings with around 90 different floral designs.
The Durbar Hall is specially designed with a shiny black floor specifically made from a combination of jiggery lime, burnt coconut, granite tubs to cool curd and buttermilk, egg white and charcoal. The palace presents the traditional and magnificent artistic work which highlights its significance. The visitors are often besieged by the royal magnificence of the fort. The palace comes under the in charge of the Government of Kerala’s administration though it is situated in the Kanyakumari district of Tamilnadu.