Shakthan Thampuran Palace

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Shakthan Thampuran Palace

Shakthan Thampuran Palace is located in Thrissur city and it is situated close to the famous Vadakkumnatha Temple. The palace is also known as Vadakkekara Palace. In 1795, the Shakthan Thampuran Palace was reconstructed by Ramavarma Thampuran and Sakthan Thampuran (Greatest ruler of the Cochin dynasty) in Kerala-Dutch style of architecture.

Shakthan Thampuran PalaceThe building of Sakthan Thampuran Palace features a two-storied structure as well as a traditional Kerala style Nalukettu. Lofty roofs, extra thick walls, large rooms moreover flooring covered with finely smoothened Italian marbles are few of the structural highlights of this palace. The interiors of this palace is exclusive design that offer relaxing as well as lovely staying conditions irrespective of the general weather conditions.

The palace is preserved by the Archaeological Department. In the year 2005, the Shakthan Thampuran Palace was converted to the Museum.

The museum exhibits Bronze Gallery where you can come across bronze statues that belongs to the period between the 12th and 18th centuries, There is a Sculpture gallery that displays granite statues between 9th century and 17th century, Numismatics Gallery, that systematically shows ancient coins, that were in flow during the past province of Kochi as well as neighboring kingdoms. You can also find the history gallery depicting a number of milestones of the Kochi dynasty. The Epigraphy Gallery displays the beginning and evolution of antique writings. The other galleries of interest in the Shakthan Thampuran Palace consist of, a Gallery for Household Utensils made from bronze as well as copper, utilized by the Kochi rulers; as well as a Megalithic Gallery displaying ruins of the great stone age.

The palace has a very old Sarpakaavu or Serpent Grove, and that is a spot for worshipping the serpents as per Hindu belief, plus was formerly commonly practiced in Kerala. You can find an archaeological garden located in the Northeastern part of this Shakthan Thampuran Palace, where you could notice collections from the Stone Age found from the outskirts of Thrissur.

Distance from Shakthan Thampuran Palace

Ernakulam: 69 Km
Kochi: 85 Km
Alappuzha: 129 Km
Kozhikode: 129 Km
Kumarakom: 130 Km
Kottayam: 139 Km
Idukki: 141 Km
Kuttanad: 148 Km
Munnar: 149 Km
Kannur: 217 Km
Kollam: 217 Km
Thiruvananthapuram: 280 Km
Kovalam: 287 Km
Kasargod: 309 Km

How to get there:

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (IATA: COK, ICAO: VOCI).

Nearest Railway Station: Thrissur railway station.

Road: Shakthan Thampuran Palace at Thrissur is well connected by the road network.

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