Krishnapuram palace in Kerala

20 Famous Palaces in Kerala: Kerala Heritage Tourism Places

Kerala has been an important state in the Malabar Coast for centuries and has a long history related to the various emperors who ruled this beautiful piece of land. Back in history, this state has also been attacked and ruled by foreign rulers from various parts of the world.  And all these rulers have left remarkable imprints of their existence in the form of palaces, forts, monuments, artifacts, religious centers, etc.

There are many beautiful palaces in Kerala that illustrate the true king-size life, and evolution of the royal families. The famous Palaces to visit in Kerala include the below:

And listed below are the detailed information, the best time to visit, entry fees, location details of the top Beautiful Palaces in Kerala, that guarantees a lifetime experience on your Kerala trip:

Kuthiramalika Palace (Puthenmalika Palace):

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Kuthiramalika Palace | Photo by  Bornav27may (CC BY- SA 3.0)

Located on the south-eastern side of the Shree Padmanabhaswamy temple, the magnificent Kuthiramalika Palace is a heritage attraction in Thiruvananthapuram district. Kuthiramalika which stands for “ Mansion of horses” was built in the 1840s by Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma, the Maharaja of Travancore. This double storied palace has 122 wooden horses supporting the southern roof. Kuthiramalika Palace is officially named as Puthen Malika Palace.

It has now been converted into a museum that collects the artifacts, paintings, and instruments related to the royal family.

Entry Timings:  Every day (except Monday) :  8:30 AM – 1:00 PM 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Entry Fee: Adults: INR 10 per person ( Indian) Children: INR 3 per person Foreigners: INR 20 per person
Best time to  visit Kuthiramalika Palace: Throughout the year
Location: https://goo.gl/R71XoE

Padmanabhapuram Palace:

Padmanabhapuram Palace Kerala
Padmanabhapuram Palace Kerala

The Padmanabhapuram Palace is a historical monument that dates back to 1601 C.E.  Padmanabhapuram was formerly the seat of the erstwhile rulers of Travancore and this palace was built by Ravi Pillai Ravivarma Kulasekhara Perumal of Travancore Kingdom. Padmanabhapuram Palace is located at around 64 km away from Thiruvananthapuram in Kanyakumari district.

Though the palace falls under the Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu, it is looked after by the Kerala Archeological Department. This intrinsic wooden crafted palace is located at the foothills of Veli Hills of the Western Ghats.

Entry Timings:  Every day (except Monday) :  9 AM – 1:00 PM 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Entry Fee: Adults: INR 10 per person ( Indian) Children: INR 2 per person Foreigners: INR 20 per person
Best time to  visit Padmanabhapuram Palace: Throughout the year
Location: https://goo.gl/Vv3Mpk

Kanakakunnu Palace:

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Kanakakunnu Palace | by Ranjithsiji (CC BY- SA 4.0)

The Kanakakunnu Palace was built by Travancore king Sree Moolam Thirunal during his rule in Thiruvananthapuram. Back then, this palace was used as an entertainment house for the guests by the Travancore royal family. Since the past decades, this palace is used for various cultural activities.

The palace has a typical Kerala style of architecture surrounded by a garden.

Entry Timings:  Every day (except Monday) :  10 AM – 5 PM
Entry Fee: Free
Best time to  visit Kanakakunnu Palace: October to March
Location: https://goo.gl/cTfGza

Shakthan Thampuran Palace:

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Sakthan Thampuran Palace | Photo by  Abhijith Sheheer (CC BY- SA 4.0)

The Sakthan Thampuran Palace, earlier known as Vadakkechira Kovilakam is located in Thrissur district. It is a two-storied building built in the Kerala style of architecture and originally belonged to the Perumpadappu Swaroopan dynasty. Later, it was reconstructed in 1795 by Ramavarma Thampuran, the ruler of Cochin.

Now, the palace has been converted into a museum that has some collection from as early as Stone Age.

Entry Timings:  Every day (except Monday): 9 AM – 4 PM
Entry Fee: Adults: INR 10 per person ( Indian) Children: INR 5 per person
Best time to  visit Shakthan Thampuran Palace: Throughout the year
Location: https://goo.gl/pWFD7w

Koyikkal Palace:

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Koyikkal Palace  | Photo by  Abhilashwrites (CC BY- SA 3.0)

The Koyikkal Palace is located in Thiruvananthapuram. It is a double-storied structure that was constructed in the traditional Kerala architectural style. The palace was built in the 16th century for Umayamma Rani, who was the regent of Venad. Later, the Koyikkal Palace was converted into a museum that has a fair collection of antique and rare objects. It also has a collection of coins belonging to various rulers of India and abroad.

The 2500-year-old Karsha coins and even Rasi coins are one of the main attractions here.

Entry Timings:  Every day (except Monday)  9 AM- 5 PM
Entry Fee: Adults: INR 20 per person ( Indian) Children: INR 5 per person
Best time to  visit Koyikkal Palace  : Throughout the year
Location: https://goo.gl/MbEXKX

Tripunithura Hill Palace:

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Thripunithura Hill Palace | Ashwin Kumar (CC BY- SA 2.0)

With an area covering 54 acres, the Hill Palace in Tripunithura, Kochi is the largest palace of the state. The Palace was built in 1865 by the Maharaja Of Cochin. Back then, it was the official residence of the Cochin Ruler and was their administrative office. The palace comprises of an archaeological museum, a heritage museum, a deer park, a pre-historic park, and a children’s park.

A GK question for our readers; Which is the oldest Palace in Kerala?

Hill Palace is one of the most visited palaces in Kochi, and it is one of the 10 Best Places to visit in Kochi.

Entry Timings:  Every day (except Monday) :  9:30 AM – 12:30 PM 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Entry Fee: Adults: INR 30 per person ( Indian) Children: INR 10 per person
Best time to  visit Hill Palace: Throughout the year
Location: https://goo.gl/AgJc1h

Krishnapuram Palace:

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Krishnapuram Palace | Akhilan (CC BY- SA 3.0)

One of the best places to visit in Alappuzha surely includes the Krishnapuram Palace cum museum. The palace was built in the 18th century by Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma, the ruler of Travancore kingdom. Originally the palace was spread over 56 acres, but now it was limited to just 2.55 acres. From gabled roofs, narrow corridors and dormer windows, it is a world of art in itself.

The ‘Gajendra Moksham’ with 49 sq. meters have been the largest single mural ever found in the state. It depicts an elephant saluting Lord Vishnu along with other deities is truly a masterpiece.

Alapuzha is one of the favorite destinations for travelers in Kerala. Wondering about the reason?  Don’t worry, here are some notes from us which include the 11 Best Places to Visit in Alapuzha that makes it a  travelers paradise.

Entry Timings:  Every day (except Monday) : 9 :30 AM – 4:30 PM
Entry Fee: Adults: INR 10 per person ( Indian) Children: INR 5 per person
Best time to  visit Krishnapuram Palace: Throughout the year
Location: https://goo.gl/Q69RD8

Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace):

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Mattancherry Palace | by Ranjith Siji (CC BY- SA 4.0)

More commonly known as the Dutch Palace, Mattancherry Palace is located at around 12 km from Ernakulam at Mattancherry. The Portuguese constructed this palace as a present to the King Veera Kerala Verma, the ruler of Kochi in 1545 C.E. The Mattancherry Palace is a magnificent example of the Kerala style of architecture with a sharp colonial influence at each level. It is a double-storied palace with backwaters as its backdrop.

The palace has a huge collection of artifacts, weapons, musical instruments and murals associated with Hindu Mythology.

Entry Timings:  Every day (except Friday) :  9:45 AM – 1:00 PM 2 PM – 5 PM
Entry Fee: Adults: INR 2 per person ( Indian) Children: Free
Best time to  visit Mattancherry Palace: Throughout the year
Location: https://goo.gl/PVRVsH

Kilimanoor Palace:

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Kilimanoor Palace Entrance | Photo by: Sreejithk2000 (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Located in Kilimanoor, Thiruvananthapuram district, the Kilimanoor Palace is the birthplace of Kerala’s renowned painter Raja Ravi Varma. The history associated with Kilimanoor Palace dates back about 300 years. However, the palace regained its current state in 1753. The limits of the palace encompass small and medium-sized buildings, ponds, wells, and sacred groves.

While the traditional residential structures of the palace have a close resemblance with the Nalukettu, the palace is the official residence of the erstwhile members of Travancore’s Royal families.

Entry Timings:  Every day (except Monday) :  11:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Entry Fee: Free
Best time to  visit Kilimanoor Palace: Throughout the year
Location: https://goo.gl/LrRKWc

Kowdiar Palace:

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Kowdiar Palace | Photo by Manu rock (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Kowdiar Palace was built in 1934 by Maharajah Sree Chithira Thirunal, on the Pallikettu(Wedding) of his only sister, Maharani Karthika Thirunal Lakshmi Bayi with Lt. Col. G. V. Raja.

PS: Kowdiar Palace is the residential area of the Travancore Royal family. This palace is not a typical tourist destination and hence is not open to the public.

Arakkalkettu(Arakkal Palace):

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Arakkal_Kettu_museum | Photo by നിരക്ഷരൻ (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Arakkalkettu or Arakkal Palace is the royal house of the only Muslim Royal family in Kerala. It houses a museum named as Arrakkal museum. The museum is actually a section of the palace, which was renovated by the Government of Kerala and is open to the public.

Arakkal Palace is situated at Azhikkal and is about 2 km from Kannur city.

Entry Timings:  Every day (except Monday) :  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Entry Fee: Adults: INR 35 per person, Children: 20rs per person
Best time to  visit Kilimanoor Palace: Throughout the year
Location: https://goo.gl/LrRKWc

Kollengode Palace

Kollangode Palace is situated at Kollangode in the Palakkad district of Kerala. Kollengode was the seat of Vengandu Swaroopam (Kollengode dynasty). Known by the name Vengandu Nambidi’s, they were the rulers of the eastern side of Palakkad.

The original Kollengode Palace, which is otherwise known as Kalari Kovilakom is now converted as an Ayurvedic Resort. A part of Kollengode Palace in Thrissur district was converted into a Mural Art Museum by the Department of Archeology in 1975. It is the only museum dedicated to Mural Arts in Kerala.

Paliam Palace (Paliam Palace Museum)

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Paliam Nalukettu (Paliam Nalukettu Museum:

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Mankavu Palace (Mangavu Kovilakkam):

The Mankavu Palace (Mangavu Kovilakkam) is situated in the Kozhikode district of Kerala.

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Pazhassi Padinjare Kovilakom:

The Pazhassi Kovlilakam or Pazhassi Palace was demolished by the British after the death of the legendary freedom fighter Veera Kerala Pazhassi Raja and Pazhassi Padinjare Kovilakom is the palace where the descendants of Pazhassi Raja lived.

Pazhassi Padinjare Kovilakom was built in the year 1903. The palace is in a ruined state while writing this article.

Laxmipuram Palace:

Laxmipuram Palace is situated near Changanacherry in Kottayam District of Kerala. It was the seat of the royal family of Koi Thampurans and has produced many illustrious writers such as Raja Raja Varma Koil Thampuran, Kerala Varma Valiya Koil Thampuran & A. R. Raja Raja Varma.

Noted Malayalam singer and classical musician L. P. R. Varma also hail from Laxmipuram palace.

Halcyon Castle (Kovalam Palace):

Halcyon Castle or the Kovalam Palace was built in 1932 in the princely state of Travancore. It was constructed by M.R.Ry Sri Rama Varma Valiya Koil Thampuran, the consort of Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi, as a retreat for their family.

PS: Kovalam Palace is now a luxury hotel and is not a normal tourist destination.

Kodungallur Kovilakam:

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Bolgatty Palace:

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Bolgatty Palace Kochi | Photo by Challiyan   (CC BY-SA 2.5)

Bolgatty Palace is a palace built in 1744 by the Dutch on Bolgatty Island, Kochi. It is one of the oldest existing Dutch palaces outside Holland. It also served as the home of the British governors during the British Raj, which is the seat of the British Resident of Cochin. After independence, the palace was converted into a heritage hotel and resort.

The best time to visit the Bolgatty Palace would be from October to April since Kochi would have wonderful weather during this time.

PS: Bolgatty Palace is now a luxury hotel and is not a normal tourist destination.

When you are planning the itinerary for your Kerala trip, do include the popular palaces and heritage sites in Kerala including  Kowdiar Palace, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Shakthan Thampuran Palace, etc. Have you visited any of the palaces in Kerala? Share your experience with us.

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