Padmanabhapuram Palace , Kanniyakumari
Padmanabhapuram Palace : -
It is located close to the town of Thuckalay in Kanyakumari District, Tamilnadu. It is about 20 km from Nagercoil, and about 50 kilometers from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Though the palace is situated in Kanyakumari district of Tamilnadu State.
it is administered by the Government of Kerala archaeology department. The Padmanabhapuram palace complex is inside an old granite fortress around four kilometers long. The palatial mansion is a wooden paradise. The palace is located at the foot of the Veli Hills, which form a part of the Western Ghats. The river Valli flows nearby. It was once the seat of the rulers of old Travancore or Venad State from the 16th to the late 18th centuries.
The palace was constructed around 1601 A.D by Ravipillai Ravivarma Kulasekhara Perumal who ruled Travancore between 1592 A.D. and 1609 A.D. The palace draws hundreds of visitors every day continuously. It is one of the best 10 palaces in the world. The Padmanabhapuram palace was the ancient capital of the Travancore kings.