India was once ruled by the royal kings and his family. There were many pros and cons of the monarchy system. Some of them enjoyed all the privileges in the society whereas others suffered a lot. Apartheid ruled during the ruling days of King. But it would be wrong if one highlights only the negative part of the monarchy system. If one looks at different sectors, people could see many benefits of the same. One among them is the stunning royal palaces constructed by the common people under the leadership of King and Queen. Not only in India but in many English speaking countries one could see the spectacular palaces. The palaces were the private residences of the royal family and also the official place for conducting meetings and also a place where common people shared their problems. People who often love to discover the scenic beauty of nature in places like Hyderabad and like to explore the treasure hidden in the royal palaces situated over there. In the past the country comprised of princely states and one among them was Kerala. The state is popular for many reasons such as the breathtaking hill stations, tranquilizing backwaters, pristine river waters, and sun-kissed beaches and many more. Travelers who are interested to visit the historic places can stroll through the royal palaces. The state consists of more than 5 fascinating royal palaces whose architecture will make each visitor dumbstruck. Hundreds of travelers avail of tour packages from various parts of the country at best prices. It is not only the school children but also the college students and families visit the royal palace to study more about the ancient ruling system. With the help of travel operators, one can enjoy a hassle-free journey. By narrowing down the following paragraphs you can gain more knowledge about the palaces and unique peculiarities.
- Kanakakkunu Palace
Kanakakkunu palace is known for its peculiar architecture. Every year the palace hosts various kinds of classical dance forms as part of the Annual All India Dance Festival organized by the tourism department. The program is conducted inside and outside the palace. The palace was constructed under the supremacy of Sree Moolam Thirunal of the royal Travancore family in the 20th century. The royal families were pure vegetarians. To entertain the foreign guests they used this place to cook non-vegetarian dishes. The palace is positioned on hills and encircled with lush green meadows. The eye-catching chandeliers and furniture lure the hearts of travelers. The palace was renovated by the king Sree Swathi Thirunal.
- Padmanabhapuram Palace
There would be very fewer people in the country who would not have heard the name of Padmanabhapuram. Padmanabhapuram temple is one of the wealthiest temples in the world. There are several chambers in the temple that is yet to be opened and studies say that it’s consists of expensive treasures. But when one looks at the palace associated with it will remain speechless. As compared to the temple the places are constructed in a simple architectural style. The palace was built in the 18th century and the royal family of Travancore lived here. What makes the palace more stunning is the pagoda style tiled roof. The palace is situated on the way from Thiruvananthapuram to Kanyakumari.
- Hill Palace
The Hill Palace of Thripunithura in Ernakulum district is famous for its variant architectural style. The hill palace was constructed by the Maharaja of Kochi in 1865. The palace was undertaken by the archaeological department of Kerala in 1990 and now it serves as a national museum. Altogether the palace comprises of 49 buildings. Situated about 12 km from Ernakulum city the palace host horse cart gallery, weapon gallery, precious ornaments, furniture, antiques and many more. Along with it the palace also has deer park. Many Malayalam films have been shot there and Manichitrathazhu made the palace popular.
- Mattanchery Palace
Mattanchery Palace was built by Portuguese in 1555 and was gifted to the Maharajah of Cochin. The palace was constructed as compensation for robbing the temple. Later the palace was conquered by the Dutch and hence from then onwards the palace came to know as Dutch Palace. Followed to it the royal family maintained it well. The royal accouterments, mural paintings, sculptures, utensils various galleries, etc. are exhibited in the palace. The palace is built in ‘naalukettu’ style i.e. with a courtyard in middle.
- Sakthan Thampuran Palace
Sakthan Thampuran Palace is located in Thrissur district in Kerala. It was initially built in Kerala architecture style and later renovated in Dutch style under the supremacy of the King Rama Varma Thampuran. He was the backbone behind the famous temple festival called Thrissur Pooram. The palace has traditional ‘Nallukettu’. Italian marbles were used to design the floors. The palace is surrounded by emerald lawns and noteworthy gardens. Near the palace, one could see the majestic ‘Sarpakkavu’. The Sarpakkavu was used to praise the Naaga Raja –the king of serpents. The palace has been undertaken by the archaeological department of Kerala. The palace has now been declared as a national museum. It exhibits various kinds of antiques, ornaments, mural paintings of King, queen, and other eminent personalities. The palace also hosts various galleries such as weapons, numismatics, gold, utensils, art, bronze, sculptures, and manuscripts and many more. Sakthan Thampuran palace has always found a special place in the pages of Kerala history.
From the above paragraphs, travelers might have got a short and clear idea about the construction of the royal palaces in Kerala. The palaces of any places tell the story of the common people, monarchy, the struggles they faced, the wars that took place, the prosperity of the state and many more. To learn the ancient histories of Kerala just avail of the tour packages from Gogeo holidays. They curate the packages from Ahmedabad by inculcating the rates of air tickets. If you have any doubts regarding the packages, you can contact their representatives at any time. So what are you waiting for? Avail of the packages before it expires.