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Kuthiramalika (Puthenmalika) Palace Museum

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The 18th-century Kuthiramalika (Puthenmalika) Palace Museum, or Horse Palace, has carved rosewood ceilings and treasures of the royal family, including an ivory throne, weapons, paintings, and gifts from foreign dignitaries. Lifesize Kathakali figures stand in the dance room. Carved horses, for which the palace is named, line the eaves of an inner courtyard. Only one-third of the enormous compound is open to visitors; the entrance fee includes a knowledgeable guide. Also note that you must remove your shoes upon entering.

    Contact Information

  • Address: next to Padmanabhaswamy Temple, East Fort, Trivandrum, Kerala, 695023
  • Phone: 471/247–3952
  • Cost: Palace: Rs. 20; shoe-storage charge Rs. 1
  • Hours: Tues.–Sun. 8:30–12:45 and 3–4:45
  • Location: Southern Kerala
Updated: 10-01-2012

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    Kuthira Malika Palace Museum

    Last month we went to Kerala. And there we saw this. It was heard that Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma built the Kuthiramalika Palace over 200 years ago. The name Kuthiramalika means 'palace of horses' and is derived from the frieze of 122 wooden horses on the exterior walls. Kuthiramalika Palace houses the Maharaja's music room where visitors have a good view of the temple, which was a source of inspiration for the ruler. The interior of Kuthiramalika features European mirrors and chandeliers, weapons, crystal, Kathakali idols, elephant howdahs and other memorabilia. We booked the whole trip to Trivandrum through Country Travel Mart. The city of Trivandrum is a mix of modern and traditional architecture. You can see various other architecture here but this one is the finest of all.

    by glennagabriela, 12/2/13

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