Shakthan Thampuran Palace

shakthan-thampuranShakthan Thampuran Palace is located in Thrissur district. This palace is now preserved by the Archaeological department. At present it is a museum. The building is two storied and is in the Nalukettu form. The roof is very high and has thick walls. The flooring is done using Italian marbles. The interiors of the palace are constructed in such a way that it provides comfort irrespective of the weather condition.

Shakthan Thampuran palace was owned by the Perumpadappu Swaroopam under King Rama Varma Sakthan Thampuran. He was the ruler of Kochi and his rule is considered as the Golden Era of the Cochin dynasty. It is close to the Vadakkumnathan temple and was called as the Vadakkechira Kovilakam. The palace was then renovated by the king later. In the palace premise there is an ancient ‘Sarpakaavu’ from where the people worship the serpents.

In the museum there is a bronze gallery where bronze statues of the period between 12th and 18th century are kept for display. The granite statues of the period between 9th and 17th century are kept for display in the sculpture gallery section. Coins used in the olden times are displayed in the numismatics gallery. 5th century coins used in Kerala, Roman gold coins, Travancore coins, coins issued by the Cochin kings are also kept here. Some other galleries include the history gallery having the milestones of the dynasty, epigraphy gallery having some ancient writings, household utensils gallery that has various utensils made of bronze, copper etc.

There is a heritage garden on the south side of the palace and an Archaeological garden at the northeastern side. This palace is an important tourist destination and is an interesting site for the history lovers.

How To Reach

District Ernakulam
Near Bus Station Ernakulam KSRTC bus stand at a distance of 16kms
Near Railway Station Ernakulam railway station at a distance of 15 kms
Near Airport Cochin International airport at a distance of 40kms