Stunning and beautiful Krishnapuram Palace is located at the distance of 47 km from Alleppey (Alappuzha district), which is on the way to Kollam. It's a unique must see attraction that is sprawled over an area of approximately 1.5 acres. It's a popular historical palace built by Anizham Thirunal Marthanda during 18th century. It is made in the architectural style of Kerala and adorned with dormer windows, gabled roof, and narrow corridor near the Krishnaswamy Temple at Krishnapuram. The palace also features a striking landscaped garden where one can encounter a variety of flora, and Buddha mandapam.
The former King of the Travancore state had made this palace in the 18th century. There are many other buildings which have a perfect combination of traditional and western architecture. The present building and a three storied structure within the compound was rebuilt in the year 1950 by the Archaeological Department of the state. It was renovated in contemporary style adapting scientific methods for the protection of historical edifices. The museum is a replica of the Bible in Sanskrit printed in Kolkata in the year 1886.
Architecture and Collection
The narrow passages, low ceilings, projecting balcony windows, etc. form a splendid example of this architectural style in the palace. At present, the palace is an archaeological museum which is under the protection of Archaeological Department. Here, the mural of Gajendra Moksham, Kayamkulam sword and the statue of Buddha are the most important display among all. Gajendra Moksham mural paintings beautify the bathing house wall of the palace.
A large number of antique artifacts and historical specimens from different parts of the country are also exhibited here. One can find a huge collection of rare antique bronze sculptures, wood sculptures, coins, megalithic remains and mural paintings.
It remains open from 9 am to 5 am except Mondays.