Krishnapuram Palace Alappuzha (India)
The Krishnapuram Palace is a palace and museum that is located in Kayamkulam, at a distance of 47 km from Alappuzha (Alleppey) in the Alappuzha district of Kerala in south-western India. One of the famous palaces of Kayamkulam, this magnificent palace was built during the reign of a Travancore King, Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma and is well known for its mural paintings and architecture. In fact, the palace is built in the traditional architectural style of Kerala, with a gabled roof, narrow corridors, and dormer windows, and is close to the Krishnaswamy Temple at Krishnapuram.
The Krishnapuram Palace is currently maintained by the Archaeological Department of Kerala and contains a variety of exhibits that once belonged to the Palace and its former occupant. A major attraction of this place is that it houses is one of the biggest mural paintings that can be found in all of Kerala. Known as the 'Gajendra Moksha', this mural painting covers an area of around 53 square feet and has a rich historical value attached to it. The double-edged sword Kayamkulam Vaal can also be found here. The palace is situated on the top of a small hill and is surrounded by a terraced garden with fountains, ponds, and lawns. Other attractions here include the beautifully landscaped garden in the palace compound that is home to a variety of flora, and a newly erected Buddha Mandapam, which houses a recently recovered statue of Lord Buddha. The Krishnapuram Palace was recently renovated again following the scientific techniques that are prescribed for the protection of heritage buildings and continues to be a rare specimen of the Kerala style of architecture that has survived till date.
Best Time To Visit Krishnapuram Palace
Although the palace remains open throughout the year but September – march draws a large number of crowds. It is during this time that several cultural festivals occur in Alleppey. The pleasant climate is an added bonus. Hence, the ideal time to visit is in post monsoon period September-November.
Opening and Closing Time
Timing: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM (closed on Monday) Suggested duration: 1 - 2 Hrs
Entry Fee Adults: INR 10 Kids: INR 5 Still camera: INR 25 Video camera: INR 250
Near By Attraction
Revi Karunakaran Museum Kumarakom bird sanctuary Pathiramanal Island Hotels available near Krishnapuram Palace
The distance between Kayamkulam Railway Station and Krishnapuram Palace is 2.5 miles or 2.2 nautical miles
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Interesting facts about Krishnapuram Palace
The Krishnapuram Palace complex now functions as an archaeological museum and is a treasure trove of numerous ancient paintings and inscriptions. Stone and wood sculptures, copies of Mural paintings, coins, megalithic remains, stone inscriptions and other such historically and archaeologically important objects are preserved and protected in this museum. The prominent displays in the compound that are worth mentioning are the mural of Gajendra Moksham, Kayamkulam Vaal and a 10th-century statue of the Buddha.
The palace has various secret getaways and hidden path. It is decorated by a large pond and garden which holds the key to these secret escape routes. The 14 feet by 11feet Gajendra Moksham, or “the redemption of elephants”, is a 53 sq. ft. area housing the largest mural painting collection in Kerala
The palace has 1.5 acres of area with a 2-storied building built on the guidelines of 16 kettus (enclosures) vashtushastra of Kerala style of architecture.
The Kayamkulam Vaal is another important exhibit that is found here. This sword is dangerous than any other martial weapon since both sides of the sword are sharpened, that is, the sword is double-edged. The museum also has a copy of the Bible in Sanskrit, ceremonial utensils and beautiful miniature figures among other artifacts.