KRISHNAPURAM PALACE information for tourists




The Krishnapuram Palace, a protected monument of the Dept of Archaeology, is situated near the Krishnaswamy Temple at Krishnapuram on the left side of the National Highway between Ochira and Kayamkulam in the District of Alapuzha. The Palace was built during the period of Anizham Thirunal Martanda Varma (1729-1758 AD, 904-933 ME) after the annexation of Kayamkulam to the erstwhile State of Travancore The Palace is noted for its characteristic style of Kerala Architecture such as the gabled roofs, narrow corridors, dorma windows, pent roofs and so on. It also houses one of the largest single panel Mural paintings so far discovered in Kerala known as ‘Gajendra Moksha', which measures 53 sq.ft in area. An Archaeological museum is set up in the Palace in which stone and wood sculptures, bronzes, copies of Mural paintings, coins, megalithic remains, stone inscription and such historically and archaeologically important objects are preserved and protected. The Hill Palace is situated on the top of a small hill surrounded by terraced garden with fountains, ponds and lawns. The Hill Palace is a Palace Complex. The oldest building in it is the one constructed around 1850 AD a single storeyed Ettukettu, built in the traditional style with an adjacent pond, temple and urappura. All the other buildings are a combination of traditional and western Architecture. The latest building in the complex was constructed in western style. in 1950s and this three storeyed building houses the office

is a typical pathinarukettu, a multicourtyard
dwelling, comprising of 4
courtyards (four chathurshala) built in
the traditional architectural style of
Travancore. This palatial complex is built
in simhayoni.
The palace complex, which is in two
floors, has the first floor, built completely
of timber. The western chathurshala in
the ground floor is entirely, wooden
construction. The palace was occupied
and maintained by the royal family till
the state re-organisation settlement in