The Krishnapuram Palace

The Krishnapuram Palace is located at Kayamkulam, 47 km from Alappuzha. This historically important palace, located close to the Sree Krishnaswamy Temple at Krishnapuram. Palace was built during the period of Anizham Thirunal Martanda Varma (1729-1758 AD, 904-933 ME) after the annexation of Kayamkulam to the erstwhile State of Travancore. Krishnapuram Palace is a rare example of the Kerala style of architecture; complete with narrow corridors, gabled roofs and dormer windows. History reckons this double-storey palace as the one where the kings of Kayamkulam dynasty last stayed.

The Krishnapuram palace is today a protected monument under the Archaeology department. At present the palace is an archaeological museum, with the most fascinating exhibit being the 49 sq m Gajendra Moksham (the largest single band of mural painting so far discovered in Kerala). This magnificent palace with sixteen blocks is also famous for its museum that houses antiques, sculptures, paintings, weapons, megalithic remains, stone inscriptions, coins and artifacts in bronze. Among the museum highlights include a Bible in Sanskrit language. Other striking features of the Krishnapuram Palace are the manicured garden with a variety of exotic flowers and Buddha Mandapam.