Krishnapuram Palace, constructed during the 18th century, was built at the time of the rule of one of the Travancore Monarchs, Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma. This palace is built in characteristic Keralite architecture and has gabled rooms, dormer windows and narrow corridors. This architectural marvel is taken care of by the Archaeology Department and is counted as one of the prime tourist attractions of Kerala. In the recent times, this heritage property has been renovated.
Today this palace has been turned into an archaeological museum and houses the Gajendra Moksham (154 sq ft), which is one of the largest mural paintings in Kerala. This mural shows elephant in a saluting position in front of Lord Vishnu who is probably the family deity of Kayamkulam rulers. This mural was kept at the palace’s entrance so that while bathing in the palace’s pond the rulers could have a look at it and worship it after taking bath. The museum also houses several paintings, coins, antique bronze sculptures and other artifacts. The museum also has double- edged Kayamkulam Vaal sword on display.
The palace complex also has a beautiful landscaped garden, boasting of a vast variety of Keralite flora species. There is also a Buddha Mandapam, recently built, carrying a Buddha statue, recently discovered.
Timings: 9:30 am to 16:30 pm (Closed on Mondays and national holidays)
Nearest railway station: Kayamkulam Junction (8 km)
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport (103 km)