A royal residence known for its legacy, a connoisseur of Art lover’s eye and a modern day museum exhibiting exquisite collection- Krishnapuram Palace has enacted several roles during its glorious history. Built in the 18th century by legendary Marthanda Varma, the museum is located at Karthikapally in Kayakulam region.
A protected monument under the Archeological department, the museum is located at a distance of 47 km from Allapuzha. The chief attraction of the place is the murals depicting the incidents from the life of Gajendramoksham decorating the palace. The Gajendra Moksham spreading over 49 sq.km. is the largest depiction of murals in Kerala.
Krishnapuram Palace is one of the finest examples of traditional Kerala architecture apparent in its dormer windows and gabled roofs. The giant mural is placed at the entrance from the pond so that the royals shall worship their family deity Lord Vishnu after bath. Apart from murals, the palace is also known for its bronze articles, antique sculptures and paintings. Overall this royal residence of Kayakulam rulers is worth spending a few hours just gazing at the masterpiece.
It has also seen reconstruction and renovation using scientific techniques during the post 18th century period. Recently added attraction of the palace includes The Buddha Mandapam and its beautiful gardens.
Krishnapuram Palace (How to reach)
By Rail: The nearest railway station is at Kollam 39 km away.
By Air: Two nearest airports are at Thiruvananthapuram (103 km) and at Cochin (132 km).
0900 AM to 0500 PM (Closed on Mondays)