27 Dec 2013

Posted by Chirstina Rose on Friday, December 27, 2013 No comments
Krishnapuram palace is a protected monument of the department of archaeology
and it is located in Kayamkulam near Alleppey in Alappuzha district, Kerala in south-western India.

Built during 18th century by king of Travancore, Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma, it’s an architectural class, portraying the helms of Kerala style the beauty is the testimony of superb construction.

Its gabled roofs, narrow corridors, dorma windows, pent roofs all are designed so beautifully and the museum inside holds the ruins and of Travancore kingdom.

Krishnapuram palace derived its name after the Krishnaswamy Temple at Krishnapuram, a serene village, is situated about 2 kilometres south of Kayamkulam town.

Amongst a various painting recovered in Kerala during times, Mural painting which is of 154 square feet in size and which is said to be the largest such find in Kerala is placed perfectly on the western end of the ground floor of the palace.

Kayamkulam Vaal, which is a double edged sword has its place inside the palace and it has also housed one of the four statues of Buddha found in Allappuzha District. Beside that large pond within the palace complex which is believed to be escape route from enemies is also famous within the core of palace.

History

Built in 18th century by erstwhile kings of Travancore and the original palace destroyed by king of Kayamkulam, Vamsham's Veera Ravi Varma between 1700 and 1775 AD, the initial phase of Ettukettu, was built in the traditional style with an adjacent pond, temple and urappura under the management of Kamyyan Dalava, which was later enlarged by Ayyappan Mathsnada Pillai.

Anizham Thirunal who later annexed Kayyakulam to the Travancore state in the 1746 battle and refurnished the site, complex is filled with many several buildings which are designed under the decorum of traditional and western architecture. The present site of a building was renovated by the Archaeological Department of Kerala in 1950s using modern technique to provide more sustainability and longtivity to protect heritage buildings.

Architecture

Krishnapuram palace is one of the finest construction develop by employing true Kerala style. Its gabled roofs, narrow corridors and dormer windows are glaring examples of brilliant architecture work.

Compassing an area of 56 acre land exhibits documents and artefacts which were kept at other locations were brought back, restored and eventually exhibited in the palace that has been converted into a Museum.

The palace is built considering the logic and science of Vastu shastra and apparently it has 16 blocks with four open areas in the centre or courtyards. The windows and doors are placed in a way to ensure regulation of fresh air and the natural lights which adds more volume is just magnificent.

Altogether it has 22 rooms designed with ornamental wooden partitions with carvings. Buildings are set with verandas to protect the walls during rainfall and the materials which were used to erect this epitome consist of laterite stones, rubble, teak, rosewood and Angili wood. Roofing was done by using Mangalore tiles.

Wooden hinges are used instead of metallic fittings and fixtures. Flooring was done using polished wood and also of black and red oxide-coated concrete. The steps are made of polished granite blocks and an aesthetic approach which has made this palace a brilliance of edifice.

Attraction

Palace which is now an archaeological museum is placed with many collections and it is treasured ancient paintings and inscriptions, coins, megalithic remains, artefacts made of wood, brass and stone sculptures.

Some of the prominent displays in the complex are: The mural of Gajendra Moksham, Kayamkulam Val (sword), Buddha’s statue of the 10th century and ceremonial utensils and many other artefacts.

Tourism importance

Being a historical site this place witness’s numbers of tourist who walks in to see and admire the beauty of times and to understand the evolution of human civilization. Being an archaeological site, tourists have brilliant opportunity to learn and identify the importance of ancient ethics.

Admission Tickets:

Adults: Rs.10/-

Children: Rs.5/-

Camera: Rs.25 /-

Video: Rs250 /-

Video Film: Rs1000 /-

Feature Film: Rs1500 /-

Photography is prohibited inside the museum.
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