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Thirumalai Palace

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Considered to be one of the wonders of South India it is situated in Madurai. It can be easily reached from Madurai by cab or a tourist bus. It is about two and a half kms from Meenakshi Amman Temple.

Lord Napier allocated half a million Indian Rupees in 1858 for its restoration.

The Magnificent Palace is in the heart of Madurai City.

Fast Facts
  • Language - Tamil, English
  • Clothing - Tropical
  • Best Time to Visit - All round the year

The Great King Thirumalai Nayak (1623-161659) was the person behind this great architecture. It is thought that it was an Italian Architect who made this beautiful Palace. The Thirumalai Palace is a classic example of Indo - Saracenic architectural style. The beautiful Palace has been divided into two major parts - Swargavilasa and Rangavilasa.

Madurai City
Madurai City
Filled with Palaces, Temples and Gardens, Madurai is a beautiful City to see. The name of the City Madurai comes from the word " Mathuram" meaning Sweetness in Tamil Language.

Meenakshi Temple
Meenakshi Temple
Its a must visit place for anyone who comes to Madurai. Splendour of the art of the era gone, its the richest temple in the world. Don't miss it at any cost!.

Thirumalai PalaceEpitome Of Magnificence:

Its a blend of Dravadian, Islamic and European Style. Its coutyard on the entrance is about 3,700 sq mts in size. It is surrounded by circular pillar and circular garden.

The palace was divided into two major parts, namely Swarga Vilasam (Celestial Pavilion) and Ranga Vilasam. These two portions included the royal residence, theatre, apartments, armoury, quaters, pond and garden. The Swarga Villasam was the Thorne Room. It has a octagonal dome which is 70m high supported by massive circular columns.

The king used to perform dance and music on daily basis in the palace. The ornate ceilings bear paintings relating to various themes of the Shiavite and the Vaishnovite. The marriage of Sundareswarar with Devi Meenakshi has also been depicted in the paintings.

In And Around

Handi craft Emporiums : If you are looking for the ethnic HANDICRAFTS of South India, then this is one place to go for. You will find this emporium in Madurai.

Not to be Missed

Light and Sound Show : Its a show depicting the story of Silappathilkaram in English and Tamil Languages. The show depicts the relics of the King Thirumalai Nayak emphasising particularly on his love for art, his love life and his victories in battle. This half an hour show begins at 06:45pm.

Our Suggestions
  • MADURAI is a beautiful place, do visit it with your family. Temples, beaches, palaces, markets all are a rich experience in themselves.
  • Food is splendid here, as is in any part of South India. Try out the South Indian delicacies like Appa, Uttapam, Udipi. Ask your guide to help you choose the delicacies or ask us for the same.
  • Madurai is a beautiful place round the year however monsoon season can be avoided (July - August).
  • Ayurvedic packages are a must go for in South India. See your body and mind rejuvinate with these packages.
  • Pre book your hotel room to avoid inconvinence of any sorts. To make things easier for you, we can book on your behalf, if you wish so. Contact us for the same.
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