The Koyikkal Palace is one of the unique palaces in Thiruvananthapuram district. Located in Nedumangad which is around 18 km away from Thiruvananthapuram, the palace is one of the tourist attractions of Kerala that attracts history and architecture lovers. Let us get to know more about this palace in Thiruvananthapuram.
Architecture Of Koyikkal Palace
The Koyikkal Palace is built using the Kerala style of architecture. The two storey building is a typical 'nalukettu' which has a central courtyard open to the sky. This beautiful palace was built for Umayamma Rani who belonged to the Venad Royal Family.
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What Makes The Palace Unique
The palace is a great place for history lovers. The Archaeology Department of Kerala, that takes care of the palace, has set up two museums here for visitors - The Folklore Museum and the Numismatic Museum.
The Numismatic Museum is on the ground floor, and is one its kind in Kerala. The coins that are displayed here are from various parts of the world and from various periods. Some of the rare exhibits here include the oldest coins of Kerala that include Ottaputhen, Kaliyugarayan panam and Erattaputhen.
The 2500 year old Karsha is the oldest Indian coin you can find in the museum. Another interesting coin here is Amaida, which is believed to have been presented to Jesus Christ. Rasi Palaka (a coin board used to count coins), Rasi (smallest coin in the world), Lakshmi Varaham (coins minted in Travancore), etc. are some of the displays at the Numismatic Museum in Koyikkal Palace.
The first floor comprises of the Folklore Museum. The museum was set up in 1992, and is the first folklore museum in Kerala. Some of the exhibits here include household utensils, musical instruments, folk art models and occupational implements.
Some artefacts like Chandravalayam, which is not found in any other such museum in the state, makes the place one of a kind. Chandravalayam is a small percussion instrument that is used while reciting Ramakathapattu (the story of Lord Rama). Nanthuni, an instrument used while singing Onappattu and Nanthunippattu, is another exhibit here.
The palace is open to visitors from 9am-5pm on all days except Mondays.