Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal it was for me...such a beauty !! Being a film lover as a kid till now working in the film industry carrying my passion, coming here is so fascinating for me...no words for the feeling i had !! little did i know before reaching here that it's the location where the popular song ''kehna ki kya" form the film 'Bombay' was picturised. kudos to Mani Ratnam and Rajiv Menon (the makers)who have captured this place so beautifully. situated in Madurai, the present day portion of the palace is just 1/4th of the original one. its still this huge that i can't imagine the grandeur if the whole place would have been today. was built in 1636 by Thirumalai Nayak, the greatest of nayak rulers of Madurai and thus the name. the design and architecture is a fusion of Dravidian and Islamic styles. i was mainly impressed with the colourful ceiling art and the giant pillars. Sadly not very well preserved...Info: Situated in Madurai in the state of Tamil Nadu, India.Opens everyday from 9am to 5pmLight & Sound shows are in English and TamilEntry ticket - Rs 10mobile/camera ticket - Rs 30
As we were out to explore the temples and other historic places in the city of Madurai, we could not miss but visit the Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal Palace. This is one of the oldest and the most beautiful palaces in South India. Known for its Dravidian and Rajputana architecture, the palace is one of the top tourist attractions in Madurai. The light and sound show held in the evening here is a treat to watch.