- 6 to 7 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
On this half-day trip from Thiruvananthapuram visit Padmanabhapuram Palace, the largest wooden palace of Asia. The palace dates back to the 16th century and was the seat of the Hindu rulers of Travancore. The beautiful interiors made of rosewood and teak and the furniture and other relics on display are one of a kind. The palace is situated in the foothills of Veli Hills with the River Valli flowing nearby.
• King’s Council Chamber
• Queen Mother’s Palace
• Polished black granite floors
• Intricately carved rosewood ceilings
• Medicinal bed
- Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Local English speaking guide
- 02 bottles of mineral water per person
- Bottled water
- Food and drinks, unless specified
Your hotel in the city of Thiruvananthapuram.
Same as departure location.
You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning for the 2-hour drive to the town of Thuckalay that is about 40 miles from Thiruvananthapuram. The Padmanabhapuram Palace is about 15 minutes drive from Thuckalay.
Built in the traditional Kerala style of architecture with huge courtyards, corridors and gabled roofs, the palace complex has 14 well preserved buildings that were added over a period of time. The ceilings of the palace are made of intricately carved rosewood. Massive polished teak beams run across the rooms. Even today the black granite floors have a mirror-like finish. Lime mixed with egg white and other secret ingredients was used to polish the floors. The palace walls are covered with beautiful murals that date back to the 17th and 18th century.
Visit the King’s Council Chamber and the Queen Mother’s palace with its painted ceiling, by far the two best halls of this large palace complex. You will also see a musical bow of mahogany, windows of colored mica, royal chairs with intricate carvings brought from the Far East and hanging brass lanterns. The palace has a stone bed that remains cool in the summer. Another wooden bed is made of 65 different kinds of herbs and is believed to have medicinal properties.
There is also a museum on the grounds of the palace complex. The museum has pieces of furniture, wooden and stone statues, coins, weapons and utensils on display.
At the end of the tour, enjoy lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant.
After lunch you will be driven back to Thiruvananthapuram and dropped off at your hotel.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Adult pricing applies to all travelers.
- Not recommended for pregnant women and people with back problems.
- Consider wearing comfortable clothes and walking shoes.
- Padmanabhapuram Palace is closed on Mondays.
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.