We hired a vehicle and visited local places in Alleppey. Our first visit was to Krishnapuram palace. There are several palaces in Kerala that take you to a glorious past of the state. Today, most of them are tourist attractions where you can have a glimpse of the luxurious lives led by the royal families that ruled here. Krishnapuram Palace in Kayamkulam is one such attraction that is worth a visit.
The Krishnapuram Palace is a rare specimen of the Kerala style of architecture, complete with gabled roofs, narrow corridors and dormer windows. Residence of the rulers of Kayamkulam Kingdom, the age of the palace is unknown. Renovated some time in the 18th century, the palace is today a protected monument under the Archaeology Department. Recently it has been again renovated according to the scientific techniques prescribed for the protection of heritage buildings. Today the palace is an archaeological museum, and the most fascinating exhibit here is the 49 sq.m - Gajendra Moksham - the largest single band of mural painting so far discovered in Kerala.
The Krishnapuram Palace is a palace and museum located in Kayamkulam near Alappuzha. The palace holds its importance as the palace of the Maharaja of Travancore. Adjacent to the palace is a large pond which is believed to also contain in it a hidden tunnel which was used as an escape route. The access to this tunnel is prohibited by the archaeological department.