Krishnapuram Palace, Kayamkulam
The Krishnapuram Palace is located at Kayamkulam near Allepey in Alappuzha District, Kerala. Located on a small hillock, the Krishnapuram Palace is bejeweled with terraced garden with fountains, ponds and grass lawns.
The Palace was built in the 18th century by the Maharaja of Travancore Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma who ruled the kingdom of Travancore between 1729 AD and 1758 AD.
The Palace is built in the traditional Pathinerakettu Kerala-style architecture near the Krishnaswamy Temple at Krishnapuram village, which is just 2 kms from Kayamkulam town. The Palace has gabled roofs, inner courtyard, thick-framed doors, dormer windows, narrow corridors and stairways, and low roofs. It’s a delight watch the architecture, floors, windows and doors which are testimony to Kerala’s aesthetic architecture in harmony with nature.
The Palace has now been converted into a Museum and maintained by the Archaeological Department of Kerala in the 1950s after extensive renovation. It displays exhibits of the Travancore Maharaja Marthanda Varma consisting of different artifacts in wood and bronze, weapons, paintings, murals, inscriptions, statues, rare documents, coins, megalithic remains, brass and stone sculptures, ceremonial utensils, etc. Some of the famous displays here are the largest mural of Kerala known as Gajendra Moksham (14.3 Sq. meters in size), the very lethal double-edged Kayamkulam Vaal, one of the four statues of Lord Buddha found in Alappuzha District belonging to the 10th century, which is a testimony to the fact of Hinayana Buddhism being practiced in Onanadu in the Maveli kingdom of Kerala and much more. The Museum displays a Bible written in Sanskrit and language printed in Kolkata in 1886. Another excitement here is a large pond. A small stream flowed near the south-end of the palace, which served as a mode of escape in case of any threat due to aggression from enemies. The Palace and Museum can be visited between 9.00 am to 5.00 pm on all days except on Mondays being a holiday.
How to Reach
The nearest airport is the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport at about 105 kms from Kayankulam. The Cochin International Airport is at about 132 kms. The Nearest railway station is Kayamkulam Junction at about 5 kms from the Palace. Kayamkulam by road is at about 47 kms from Alappuzha Town en route Kollam on the NH-47 national highway.
Kayamkulam is humid and hot during the summer, but pleasant during the October and November. Kayamkulam receives a fair share of monsoon rains with the average rainfall being 2763 mm. Monsoon lashes Kayamkulam during June to September. The returning monsoon showers between October to November. The average maximum temperature is 30⁰C and average minimum temperature is 24⁰C
Other Places of Interest
Other attractions in Alappuzha are house boat cruises on the backwaters of Alappuzha, Alappuzha Beach on the Arabian Sea, Mannarasala Temple, Haripad Subrahmanya Swamy Temple, Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple, Chettikulangara Devi Temple, Mullakkal Temple, Edathua Church, Alappuzha CSI Christ Church which is the oldest Anglican Church in Kerala and Champakulam Valia Palli. Alleppey also attracts lot of tourists during the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race, held on the Punnamada Lake in August every year.