Krishnapuram Palace located 47 kms from Alappuzha enroute to Kollam was
built by Marthanda Varma in the 18th century. This double storeyed
palace bears the stamp of Kerala's unique architectural opulence.
also houses Kerala's largest Mural panels. A museum of antique bronze
sculptures and paintings is another attraction. The Krishnapuram Palace,
which was the residence of the rulers of Kayamkulam kingdom, is a rare
specimen of the Kerala style of architecture, replete with gabled roofs,
narrow corridors and dormer windows.
Renovated some time in the 18th century, the palace is today a protected
monument under the Archaeology department. Recently it has been again
renovated according to the scientific techniques prescribed for the
protection of heritage buildings.
Now, an archaeological museum, the palace has on exhibit the fascinating
and huge 'Gajendra Moksham', the largest single band of Mural Painting
so far discovered in Kerala. Literally, the salvation (Moksha) of the
elephant king (Gajendra), the theme of the mural is mythological, which
depicts the salvation of Gajendra, the king of elephants It is said that
Lord Vishnu was the family deity of the Kayamkulam rajas.
As in all Keralan paintings every inch of the painting is packed with
detail and the outer edges are decorated with floriate borders. A
display case contains ceremonial utensils, oil lamps, fine miniature
figures and small stone columns carved with serpent deities.
Other attractions here are the beautifully landscaped garden in the
palace compound where one can see a variety of flora typical of Kerala,
and a newly erected 'Buddha mandapam', where a recently recovered statue
of the Buddha is housed. Other collections at the museum include rare
antique bronze sculptures and paintings.
How To Get There
Nearest airports are
Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 103 km; Cochin
International Airport, about 132 km.
Nearest railway station: Kollam
about 39 km.
Houses Kerala's Largest
47 Kms From Alappuzha, Kerala
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