Tamil Nadu has been ruled by many kingdoms especially by the Chola, Pandya , Pallava and Chera rulers. It has also seen the colonial rule. The architectural remnants of that era is now preserved in the form of palaces, forts and other historical sites in Tamil Nadu.
Today, only a few palaces are in a good condition and are the prime attractions of Tamil Nadu tourism.
A tour around some of these palaces are a must!
Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal
The majestic Thirumalai Nayak Palace is a 17th century architecture of Nayak dynasty. It was at that time one of the most popular palace in South India.
Thirumalai Palace is located in the city of Madurai. This national monument is one of the main tourist places in Tamil Nadu.
Photo Courtesy: Srikant Kuanar
The Padmanabhapuram Palace was built in 1601 AD by the ruler of Travencore in Kanyakumari.
It has a blend of Kerala style architecture was ruled by the kings of Travencore. The palace has various sections like Queen Mother's Palace, Council Chamber, Southern Palace, etc.
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Chettinad Mansion in Karaikudi is a 18th century mansion belonging to the Chettiar community.It is known for the wooden carvings and interiors.
Today, it one of the prime attractions relating to a olden era.
Photo Courtesy: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra
The Fernhills Palace
The Fernhills Palace in Ooty served as the summer palace of Maharajas of Mysore. It was built in 1844, following the Swiss Chalet style of architecture.
Located in the green hills, it served as a good location for the rulers.
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Tamukkam Palace was the summer residence of the Queen Rani Mangammal of Nayak dynasty. It is located in Madurai and during the colonial rule it became a district collectors office.
Now the building houses the Mahatma Gandhi Museum.
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Thanjavur Maratha Palace belonged to Bhonsle family who ruled during 1674 to 1855.
Originally, the palace was built by the rulers of Nayak dynasty. It is also called as Aranmanai and it is one of the major attractions.
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