palace at kottarakkara of king of travancore


TEMPLE OF GANAPATHI AT KOTTARAKKARA
PALACE FRONT VIEW
History
The place has served as a seat of residence for the King. Thus, it is named 'Kottarakara', which literally means "the land of the palaces". (Kottaram means Palace and Kara means Land) The 'Elayidath Swaroopam', a branch of the Travancore Royal family, was the last ruling family of the area. The last queen of the dynasty was defeated by the King Marthanda Varma, a distant cousin of hers, of Travancore in the 18th century and she fled to Cochin and sought asylum with her allies, the Dutch. She was pensioned by them for 2 rupees and 5 annas. Later during Tipu Sultan's invasion of Malabar, a Royal family from North Malabar was settled in Kottarakara by Dharma Raja and this family became extinct. Kottarakara is the place where the classical art form of Kathakali was conceived. It was developed by Kottarakkara Thampuran (the King of Kottarakkara) in competition with Krishnanattam which had its origin in Kottayam.tinct in the mid 19th