LOCATION: It is 2.6 KM away from the town
HOW TO GET THERE: Easily accessible by auto and bus
ENTRY FEE: Free of cost
TIME: It is allowed to go inside between the times of 10 am to 5 pm. The visit duration is 1 to 2 hours.
Except Monday all days of the week are working days.
Kanakakkunnu Palace is situated in the vicinity of Napier museum, Thiruvananthapuram district. This heritage monument and architectural marvel was used as a summer retreat by the Travancore kings, who also entertained their guests here. Built during the reign of Sree Moolam Thirunal, Kanakakunnu Palace was later modified by King Sree Chithira Tirunal. Today the palace and its sprawling grounds are the venue for many cultural meets and programs.
The palace premises has two auditoriums – Nisagandhi Open-Air Auditorium and Sooryakanthi Auditorium.An all India dance festival known as Nishagandhi festival (Oct-March) is organised by the Department of Tourism every year. It is said to be built by Sree Moolam Thirunal. The Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has listed this place has a heritage monument. Kanakakkunnu palace is one of the last architectural vestiges of the colonial era.
TIPS AND GUIDANCE:They provided enough space for parking without any charges. It is a good place for history buffs and wanderers. Make a visit especially during festive seasons or during the summer months when you can see lots to exhibitions one after the other. A great time to visit is during the annual flower show or and the Seasonal Mango Festival and also suitable for morning-evening walks.
NEAR BY:There is a nearby tourist spot called Kowdiar palace in a distance of 2.5 KM from Kanakakkunnu and Jawaharlal Nehru Children’s Traffic Park just opposite to Kanakakkunnu Palace. Some small shops are there for refreshments inside and outside the compound.