Thirumalai Nayak Mahal

 

Overview

ABOUT Thirumalai Nayak Mahal
 
Also known as the Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, this magnificent palace dates back to 1636. Built by the Nayak king, Thirumalai Nayak, the palace is a curious blend of Dravidian and Islamic styles of architecture. It was built as a residence for the king of the Nayak kindgom when their capital was at Madurai. The palace is famous for its impressive arches and ""stuccowork"" on its domes. The austere exteriors offset the palatial interiors, with tall, white pillars lining the corridors. These pillars are a characteristic feature of the place, at 20 m high and 4 m in circumference. It was stripped off much of its grandeur by Thirumalai Nayak's grandson, who took away most of the woodcarvings and jewels to build a palace for himself in Tiruchirapalli, though he was never successful in that endeavour. 
 
Currently, the palace exists in its present glory thanks to the efforts of Lord Napier, the British Governor of Madras, who renovated the palace between 1866 and 1872. The complex now runs a sound and light show every evening to explain about the history of the palace and Thirumalai Nayak, praising his work as a ruler for the benefit of his subjects. The grandeur of King Thirumalai Nayak’s Palace, built in 1636, is still evident. It is a beautiful structure, with a massive courtyard, surrounded by corridors lined with sculpted pillars that rise 40 ft high. There is an interesting museum inside.
 
Features
 
Palace
History & Culture
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Entry Fee
10 per person for adults
5 per person for children
Timings
All days of the week
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Visit Duration
1 to 2 hours
 

Location

Country
India
State
Tamil Nadu
City
Madurai
Location
Simmakkal
Address
Thirumalai Nayak Mahal,
Simmakal,
Madurai.
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Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
simmakal
Nearest Railway Station
Madurai Jn (MDU)
Nearest Airport
Madurai Airport
IN
latitude : 9.834509850 longitude :78.093399050
Corporation : Madurai
GPS Code : VOMD

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