Shakthan Thampuran Palace, Thrissur

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Shakthan Thampuran Palace is situated in City of Thrissur in Kerala state, India. It is named as Vadakkekara Palace, was reconstructed in Kerala-Dutch style in 1795 by Ramavarma Thampuran of the erstwhile Princely State of Cochin, well as Sakthan Thampuran (Greatest ruler of the Cochin dynasty) is preserved by Archaeological Department. The palace was converted into a museum in 2005 by State.
The main structure of the Sakthan Thampuran Palace has a two-storeyed building and a traditional Kerala style Nālukettu. High roofs, extra thick walls, spacious rooms and floors paved with finely smoothened Italian marbles are some of the structural specialities of this palace. The interiors of the palace, because of its unique construction offer comfortable and pleasant staying conditions irrespective of the prevailing weather conditions.
Sakthan Thampuran Palace once belonged to the Perumpadappu Swaroopam, the ruling dynasty of Kochi. This was the centre of power of King Rama Varma Sakthan Thampuran, who ruled Kochi between AD 1790 and 1805. His rule was regarded as the Golden Era of the Cochin dynasty. The palace is close to the Vadakkumnathan Temple in Thrissur. Saktan Thampuran is credited with the introduction of the Thrissur Pooram festival, an annual festival in May with teams representing the Parmekavu Bhagavathy temple and Tiruvambadi Krishna temple competing for primacy in front of the Vadakkumnathan temple with elephants, percussion, drums, fireworks, etc. The palace was once known as Vadakkechira Kovilakam and it was the king who renovated it into the present form. The palace keeps with it the historical remnants of some important events like the visit of Tipu Sultan with his army. The last member of the royal family to reside here was Rama Varma Bharathan Thampuran, a grand nephew of Chowwarayil Theepetta Veliyathampuran. The palace has a very old Sarpakavu (sacred serpent grove) in its premises.
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  • Very nice... but those who have already seen larger palaces/museums in Kerala will be rather disappointed.
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  • This is a beautiful place. The palace is quiet and well maintained. The artifacts are good.The garden is rather spectacular and provides lots of photo opportunities. Plan a good one and half hours her...  more »
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  • Ideal place for those who loves ancient cultures and interested to know about the lifestyle of royal families. Govt. had taken good initiative to preserve the palace as such by maintaining the architectural structures. The museum is very much attractive. The compound is very peaceful even though it is in the center of the city. Parking is some difficult during peak hours however we can park the vehicles near the stadium. We can use footwear inside the palace.
  • Wonderful experience that i get from here.. Very calm place well maintained.. Lot of historical information will get from this place.. Photography not allowed only in the museum.. A big garden was there.. That was also such an amazing place should visit..
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