Kuthiramalika Palace Museum Trivandrum
Kuthiramalika Palace Museum, also known as Puthen Malika Palace or Mansion of Horses, is a palace situated on the south-east side of Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple. Kuthira Malika Palace is so called because of the shape of head carvings of the horses on the exterior walls. The palace was built by Maharaja Swathi Tirunal Balarama Varma, the King of Travancore, the palace is a fine example of the traditional Travancore style embellished with exquisite woodcarvings.
Kuthiramalika Palace Architecture & Design
Kuthiramalika Palace Museum, built in the 1840s, derived its name after the 122 delicately carved horses into the wooden wall brackets which support the southern roof of the palace. The palace museum displays paintings, ornaments and artifacts of the royal family. Besides, Swathi Thirunal’s ivory throne, marble idols, Chinese artifacts and rare musical instruments are kept in the museum. One of the major attractions of Puthen Malika Palace museum is an illusion painting of Sree Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, painted by Svetoslav Roerich – the face and the shoes of Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma appears as if facing the onlooker from each and every corner of the room.
Swathi Music Festival - Sangeethotsavam
Kuthira Malika Palace is the venue of Swathi Music Festival or Swathi Sangeethotsavam held in Thiruvananthapuram every year. Swathi Music Festival is an annual music festival held in Trivandrum from 6th January to 12 January annually. Famous Carnatic and Hindustani classical musicians perform concerts during the festival. Read more about Swathi Music Festival here.
Kuthiramalika Palace Museum Visiting Hours
Kuthiramalika Palace Museum will remain open from Tuesday to Sunday daily (Monday closed). Kuthira Malika Palace timings are from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM.
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