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Shakthan Thampuran Palace, Thrissur

Shakthan Thampuran Palace Overview

The Thrissur Sakthan Thampuran Palace located in Kerala is an important landmark in the town and also has much historical significance. It is a major tourist attraction and all history lovers will definitely want to go through this magnificent piece of historical significance. The great ruler Raja Rama Varma built Trichur Shakthan Thampuran Palace. The Archaeological Department of the state now looks after the maintenance of the palace. The Raja was an able ruler who achieved great heights during his reign and is held in high esteem by the people of Kerala even today. The palace has been constructed in a unique combination of Dutch and traditional Kerala style of architecture. Very few structures in Kerala have such a unique combination that has been skillfully blended together to make such a magnificent palace. The palace has mainly two stories and a traditional Kerala "Naalukettu". The palace is marked by high roofs, thick walls, large rooms and Italian marble flooring. The construction and interiors are done so tastefully and comfortably that it remains cozy irrespective of weather conditions. Anyone who visits the palace will come to know that the rulers of Mysore have also stayed in this grand palace. In fact, the great ruler Tipu Sultan is believed to have set up a flag mast in front of the palace, which can be seen even today. The palace also has a serpent grove, locally known as "Sarpakaavu", which has been worshipped since ancient times. Serpent worship is almost a ritual in Kerala and has been practiced since many centuries. The palace also houses a museum that has collections like ancient bronze sculptures and statues and ancient manuscripts.

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