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Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace in Madurai

Once upon a time, Thirumalai Nayyakkar Palace was four times bigger than what is remaining today.

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Published: Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 15:30 [IST]
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There is a lot to explore in the place where Goddess Meenakshi rules! The rich architectural heritage of this historical city makes us proud about the past. Yes, we are going to explore the Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace in Madurai.

The majestic structure of Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace was the grandest palace in those times. It was built by Thirumalai Nayak, one of the greatest kings of Nayaks of Madurai. Unfortunately, a part of the main palace is remaining today. Even this portion of the palace is a visual treat as it portrays the grandeur of royal era.

Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace in Madurai

Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace
Photo Courtesy: Ajay Goyal

Structure of Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace

Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace is built with a fusion of Dravidian, Rajput, European and Mughal styles of architecture. Its exquisite interiors and huge surroundings give it a luxurious look. Originally, this palace was about four times bigger than todays remaining complex. Most parts of the palace has vanished over time.

Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace in Madurai

Corridors
Photo Courtesy: Vanilabalaji

Earlier, the palace was divided into two portions namely, Swarga Vilasam (Celestial Pavilion) and Ranga Vilasam and majorityof the palace was demolished in the 18th century. Today, the throne room and the assembly hall of Swarga Vilasam along with a few other structures remain.

The large arcade gallery (assembly hall) looks gigantic with white coloured pillars supporting the building. It is said that it was constructed using ar brickwork and Chunnaman ( a mix of shell lime and egg white).

Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace in Madurai

Darbar Hall
Photo Courtesy: Thamizhpparithi Maari

Attractions in Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace

Light and Sound Shows with an audio explaining about the history is done every evening. The palace looks beautiful decked in light.

Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace in Madurai

Light and Sound Show
Photo Courtesy: Ve.Balamurali

Light and Sound Show (audio in English) timings in Thirumalai Nayak Palace is from 6.45 PM to 7.35 PM. Tamil Show (audio) is from 8 PM to 8.50PM.

You can also check out the exotic interiors and the large corridors, throne of the king, garden and so on inside the palace.

Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace in Madurai

Ivory statues
Photo Courtesy: Arun

Tourist Places in Madurai

Madurai Meenakshi Temple is around 2km from Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace. Koodal Azhagar Temple, Gandhi Memorial Museum, Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam, Athisayam Amusement Park, Vaigai Dam and St.Mary's Cathedral Church are some of the top tourist places in Madurai.

Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace is one of the best palaces in South India. So, a visit to this grand architecture is a must in Madurai.

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