Land of majestic yet elegant Kings and Queens, Kerala is an unparalleled beauty in its scenic and cultural legacy. One becomes amazed at her diverse cultural antiquity which she safely maintains even today. These are some of the most beautiful palaces in Kerala, which you have to visit.
1. Laxmipuram Palace
Located in the urban town of Changanacherry in Kottayam district, the Laxmipuram Palace is located well away from the hustle of the town and caressed by the surrounding landscapes. Fashioned in the indigenous Kerala architectural model, the Laxmipuram Palace was the royal residence of the Koi Thampurans, and resides in humble harmony with nature with this quaint naalukettu and akathalams.
2. Padmanabhapuram Palace
With great cultural and ethnic antiquity, this quaint palace must not deceive your eyes. One might never guess that the safe keepers of the wealthiest temple in the world in terms of riches and antiquities resided within these simple walls. Though not geographically located in Kerala, the Palace is worth mentioning because it is an indispensable part of Kerala’s legacy. It was constructed in the indigenous style with at least 100 chambers and separate sections dedicated for different purposes. The Padmanabhapuram Palace also houses, several antique objects and gifts given to the royalty which is maintained by the Archaeological department of Kerala.
3. Bolgatty Palace
The Bolgatty Palace is reminiscent of the colonial powers in the land. A fine example of Dutch architecture later incorporated with indigenous elements, the Bolgatty Palace is located in the metropolitan hub of Cochin. Now a heritage resort, the once favourite abode of government officials now entertains guests from all over the country for a luxurious stay.
4. Kowdiar Palace
Sree Chithira Thirunal is one famed for his bold steps and under his guidance raised the Kowdiar Palace located in the State Capital of Trivandrum. Still a private residence for the descendants of the Travancore royalty, has only restricted access and outsiders are not entertained without prior permission. With spiralling stairways and pointed towers, the architectural style of the Palace is quite elaborate and weaves the patterns of indigenous as well as European architectural style.
5. Krishnapuram Palace
Located in Kayamkulam in Alappuzha, a famed destination for backwaters the Krishnapuram Palace is an epitome of traditional architectural design and is one of the most famous Palaces in Kerala. With a beautiful pond adorned with lotus and lilies the Palace pond is a haven for white swans. The surroundings make one wonder whether the Palace is indeed located a mere few kilometres away from Kayamkulam town.
Tucked away between the Vindhyan ranges and the Arabian Sea, Kerala is definitely a God’s Own Country. Make sure that you include these regal residencies in your ‘must see’ list the next time you visit Kerala.