Shakthan Thampuran Palace

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Shakthan Thampuran Palace is situated in City of Thrissur in Kerala state, India. It is named as Vadakkekara Palace, was reconstructed in Kerala-Dutch style in 1795 by Ramavarma Thampuran of the erstwhile Princely State of Cochin, well as Sakthan Thampuran (Greatest ruler of the Cochin dynasty) is preserved by Archaeological Department. The palace was converted into a museum in 2005 by State.

This palace is now preserved by the Archaeological department. At present it is a museum.

The main structure of the Sakthan Thampuran Palace has a two-storeyed building and a traditional Kerala style Nālukettu. High roofs, extra thick walls, spacious rooms and floors paved with finely smoothened Italian marbles are some of the structural specialities of this palace. The interiors of the palace, because of its unique construction offer comfortable and pleasant staying conditions irrespective of the prevailing weather conditions.

Shakthan Thampuran palace was owned by the Perumpadappu Swaroopam under King Rama Varma Sakthan Thampuran. He was the ruler of Kochi and his rule is considered as the Golden Era of the Cochin dynasty. It is close to the Vadakkumnathan temple and was called as the Vadakkechira Kovilakam. The palace was then renovated by the king later. In the palace premise there is an ancient ‘Sarpakaavu’ from where the people worship the serpents.

In the museum there is a bronze gallery where bronze statues of the period between 12th and 18th century are kept for display. The granite statues of the period between 9th and 17th century are kept for display in the sculpture gallery section. Coins used in the olden times are displayed in the numismatics gallery. 5th century coins used in Kerala, Roman gold coins, Travancore coins, coins issued by the Cochin kings are also kept here. Some other galleries include the history gallery having the milestones of the dynasty, epigraphy gallery having some ancient writings, household utensils gallery that has various utensils made of bronze, copper etc.

There is a heritage garden on the south side of the palace and an Archaeological garden at the northeastern side. This palace is an important tourist destination and is an interesting site for the history lovers.

Archaeological garden displays collections from the Stone Age while the heritage garden preserves rare trees as well as plants of our state. In the numismatic gallery present in the museum, you may be able to see ancient coins including the Indo-Dutch coins, British-India coins, Malabar coins etc. Another important point regarding the Sakthan Thampuran palace is that you can see the tomb (final resting place) of Sakthan Thampuran inside this palace.

How to reach:

Frequent bus services are available from all cities in Kerala to Thrissur.

Nearest Bus Station: Thrissus Bus Station.

Nearest Railway Station: Thrissur, about 2 km away.

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport, Nedumbassery, about 58 km away.


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