Exlore the Krishnapuram Palace

The Krishnapuram Palace is a palace and museum located in Kayamkulam near Alappuzha in Alappuzha district, Kerala in southwestern India. It was built in the 18th century by Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma, the Travancore kingdom. It is built in the architectural style of Kerala with gabled roof, narrow corridor and dormer windows, near the Krishnaswamy Temple at Krishnapuram.

After demolishing the original palace of Kayamkulam Raja(Odanadu King) , a small palace was erected under the supervision of Ramayyan Dalava and later it was enlarged and modified by Ayappan Marthanda Pillai. This palace is specially noted for its peculiar architectural style, which is a typical 'Pathinarukettu'. Besides it is the miniature of Padnabhapuram Palace, the Head Quarters of Travancore.This palace is also noted for ' Gajendramoksham', the largest single panel of mural painting found in Kerala.

A palace of local chieftains that existed here was demolished and a miniature replica of Travancore Palace itself was built during the 18th century.The museum has several statues and artifacts, that belonged to the Kingdom of Travancore.

Museum Exhibits
Lord Ganesha

The architectural highlights include an open courtyard, thick- framed doors, narrow corridors and stairways, dormer windows and low roofs.The palace is maintained by the Archaeological Department and contains exhibits that belonged to the Palace and its former occupant, the Travancore Maharaja Marthanda Varma. It is also famous for a large pond within the palace. It is said that an underground escape route runs from the bottom of the pond as a possible escape route from enemies. The Gajendra Moksham, mural painting in the palace is the largest in Kerala. The two-edged Kayamkulam sword is also on display here. The palace also houses, in its courtyard, one of the four statues of Buddha in Alappuzha District.