Old fortifications and royal residences are frequently viewed as openings for going back in time. Remaining steadfast since hundreds of years, they take us on a visual campaign through the many voyages that have molded history.
Amid an ongoing excursion to Kerala, we chose to investigate the lesser-known royal residences of the Kingdom of Travancore. These castles don't appear to be gigantic at first sight. Be that as it may, they have a few areas that spread out crosswise over sections of land of grounds. We get the chance to see a bunch of littler single or twofold storeyed structures with gabled and tiled rooftops. The design splendor of the spot, is reflected through complex carvings and usefulness of format. A few centuries old, every royal residence recounts the account of the kingdom and its relations with different kingdoms inside and outside India.
Kuthiramalika (150+ years old)
Actually meaning the pony royal residence, it gets its name from the 122 grinning horse heads – noticeable from the castle's principle entrance – cut into the bars that help the rooftop. Worked during the 1840s by the then Maharaja of Travancore, Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma, the royal residence is arranged close to the Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Given that you have clung to the clothing standard of the sanctuary, you can club your visit to both the spots.
Additionally called Puthen Malika, the royal residence's engineering gloats of the utilization of rosewood, teakwood, marble and stone. While visiting the insides, you're not permitted to wear footwear. In this way, it is difficult to miss the shiny smoothness of certain areas of the floor. The explanation for it is the utilization of a blend made of egg whites, charcoal, and limestone, which keeps the floor cool even on hot days.
The very much prepared aides here take you on an efficient adventure disclosing to you the numerous areas of the castle. It is really a movement back in time as we see the positions of authority, the ivory supports, the palanquins, the arms and different ancient rarities, when utilized by the royals.
Koyikkal Palace (300+ years old)
Otherwise called Nedumangad Valiya Koyikkal Palace, it was the imperial home office of the Perakam administration. It was worked in the sixteenth century for Queen Umayamma of the Venad Royal Family. Right now, the Kerala State Department of Archeology is the caretaker of the royal residence and keeps up the Folklore and Numismatic exhibition halls inside the property. The previous has a gigantic accumulation of antiquated relics that assumed an essential job in the everyday exercises of average folks just as the royals. One can see the uncommon chandravalayam, the little percussion instrument played while presenting the number of Lord Rama, here. The last has a thorough accumulation of mint pieces and is an absolute necessity visit for the individuals who gather them. The coins in plain view here mirror the old kingdom's exchange relations with the Roman and Venetian traditions, among others. Aside from aides, there are booths that reveal to all of you about royal residence's history.
Kilimanoor Palace (300+ years old)
In contrast to our past visits, the trek to Kilimanoor Palace, renowned for being the origination of Raja Ravi Varma (RRV), was loaded up with amazements. In any case, we couldn't detect a solitary visitor, and it was shockingly peaceful, with the exception of the far off hints of somebody rehearsing Carnaticvocals. The castle was without any signs or patrols, as well. Past the monumental door, called padippura, we found the wellspring of the Carnatic music — a master and shishya with a harmonium set at the middle. The room ended up being the previous studio of RRV. Presently, it was loaded up with his artistic creations and a light was lit in his respect, beneath a gigantic picture of him at thefarthest end. The master presented himself as Rama Varma Thamburan, the 6th relative of RRV, and apologized that he won't probably given us access for "it was private property". In any case, when he became more acquainted with that we had originated from out of state, he demonstrated to us the royal residence grounds and clarified the design. It looked like a large portion of Kerala's private homes from that time, holding fast to the 'nalukettu', which means past the commanding curve or the fundamental entryway, there were bunches of little and medium-sized houses, two lakes, wells, and hallowed forests (kaavu). We were denied section to the consecrated backwoods, yet we could observer the outside design — there was a blue Frenchinspired fabricating, charged by RRV, which plainly emerged — the antiquated wooden carvings, and depictions. We additionally got the opportunity to see one of the two lakes, which in a dreamlike way appeared to mirror the stillness of time.