We drove around 25 kms from Kanyakumari to Padmanabhapuram Palace by a single track road .Trivandrum is around 60 kms from the Palace.The road is single with heavy and slow traffic so be mentally prepared for a traffic jam.Almost all settlements are along the road side so you will hardly get an opportunity to stop enroute for a break or a snack or for sight seeing.Do Not forget to carry snacks ,drinks and packed food with you for this journey.The parking is not very large but nevertheless you will manage a space.One has to remove his shoes before entering the palace premises as the floors are wooden.Camera is allowed with a nominal fee.You can make use of a guide if required though everything is self explanatory and the guards on duty in charge of eachpalace room in the Palace are more than happy to retell the same stories to you voluntarily and happily.you will take around 1 hr to comfortably see the Palace at your own pace including clicking pictures:-)Do not miss a peek at the museum at the entrance where you will remove your shoes.
The Padamnabhapuram Palace complex has several other interesting features:
- The Palace is located in Kanyakumari district of TamilNadu state but administered by the Government of Kerala state.
- The clock tower in the palace complex has a 300 year old clock, which still keeps time.
- A big hall now bare, which can accommodate around 1000 guests, and where ceremonial feasts were held, on auspicious occasions.
- A secret passage, now blocked, through which the king, his immediate family members, and their entourage could escape to another palace, located several kilometers away in the event of any emergency. Name of this palace is Charottu kottaram.
- A flight of steps leads to a bathing pond, which has lost its freshness due to neglect and years of disuse.
- The Palace complex also has a section of curios and several interesting objects:
- An entire room filled with old Chinese jars, all gifts by Chinese merchants.
- A variety of weapons (which were actually used in warfare), including swords and daggers.
- Brass lamps, wood and stone sculpture, a variety of furniture and large mirrors made of polished metal.
- A gallery of paintings depicting incidents from the history of Travancore.
- A wooden cot made of up to 64 wooden pieces of a variety of medicinal tree trunks
- Polished stone cot, meant for cool effect
- Toilet and well