Kuthiramalika is a palace adjacent to the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple and built during 1813-1834 AD by the Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma. This palace was built by sculptors from Tamil nadu.
The speciality of this palace is that there are 16 rooms in this huge palace and all the rooms have different patterns and not one of them resembles the other. The roof beams of this palace are carved in the design of horse faces, not one or two or three but a fascinating 122. Hence the palace gets its name, ’Kuthiramalika’ meaning mansion with horses. It has pillars carved on single stone, verandah ceilings with floral motifs and huge Belgium mirrors.
The first room of the palace which is also a museum now houses personal belongings, weapons, ornaments of the royal family along with scenes from the local legends.
Thrones of kings, Ivory cots, a musical tree which emits musical notes when tapped are the star attractions of this palace. Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Varma was a renowned musician and composer. It is said that he composed most of his musical pieces in this palace. To commemorate his vast contribution to the music world, every year, the Swathi Thirunal music festival is held here with renowned artists from all over coming here to perform.
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