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Kuthiramalika

 

This palace was built by Tamil sculptors from Thanchavore. Pillars carved on single stone and exquisitely designed roofs enhances the beauty of the palace. A striking monument of 122 horses is attached to the palace- hence the name Kuthiramalika (kuthira means horse and malika is mansion in Malayalam).

Kuthiramalika takes its name from the roof beams which are carved to resemble the faces of horses. It has on display ornaments, personal effects and weapons of the former Kings the erstwhile princely State of Travancore. It is a true specimen of Kerala's classical architecture. 'Dantasimhasana' is the most prominent sight in this palace.

The first room of the palace houses 14 life-size figures depicting various scenes from the Kerala legends and Kathakali.Magnificent ivory cots, thrones of kings, a musical tree that produces the eight 'swaras' when tapped, etc are a few of the attractions of the museum.

The ceiling of the verandah is dotted with floral motifs. Huge Belgium mirrors add to the beauty of the Kuthira Malika. The 16 rooms in the palace have 16 different patterns.
This architectural delight was built during the reign of Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma (1813-1834 AD)- the King of Travancore, who was an art lover and a social reformer of that time. Himself a musician and composer of eminence and a great contributor to Carnatic and Hindustani classical music Swathi Thirunal spent much of his time in this palace composing many of his musical pieces. He spent his last days in this rambling bungalow.
This enchanting, rambling old mansion is adjacent to Sri Padmanabha Swami Temple in East Fort.

Every year the Swathi Music Festival is conducted here in the front courtyard. The five day festival in January-February features leading Carnatic and Hindustani musicians. Stalwarts like Ustad Bismilla Khan, Gangu Bai Hangal, Kishori Amonkar, Dr.M.Balamurali Krishna ,D.K.Pattammal etc have performed in the festival.

Timings:
Except Monday from 8.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 3 to 5.30 p.m.

Emergency Details:
Phone: 0471 2473942

Transport Terminals:
Nearest Places: Kizhakkekottah, Thambanoor.

How to Reach:
Nearest Railway Station : Thiruvananthapuram central, about 1 kms away
Nearest Airport : Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 6 kms away


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