After that, I visited Thirumalai Nayak Mahal palace, a big yellow and red Mahal. It was built by kind of Madurai, Thirumalai Nayak in 1636AD. They have entry fee of 10INR to maintain the building.
Exploring the city of Madurai by walking from Meenakshi Amman temple to Thirumalai Nayak Palace.
Located one and a half kilometre from Meenakshi Temple, Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace provides an incredible and rare opportunity to see Indo-Saracenic architecture. Built by King Thirumalai Nayak in the year 1636, it was an erstwhile residence of the king. At present, only one-fourth of the actual structure stands with renovation efforts taking place to restore it to its glory days.Entry: FreeTimings: Open all days from 9am to 5pm
After this wonderful visit to the temple we were hungry, so we started searching for a good restaurant that serves good North Indian food and we found one near Meenakshi Temple Sree Mohan Bhojnalay, at first it looked like just some ordinary place to eat but their food was one of the best North Indian food I had in Tamil Nadu. After which we proceeded towards our next stop which was Thirumalai Nayak Palace, a Palace that has been turned into a museum and a theatre but one can still witness a great work of architecture and an essence of era in which it was built will always be present in that place.
Thirumalai Nayakkar MahalThis glorious palace was built by the 17th-century ruler Thirumalai Nayak and was the living palace of the Nayak Kings of Tamilnadu. The original Palace was four times greater than the current left overs. Today, only the large rectangular courtyard called the swarga Vilasam and a few adjacent buildings survive. It is surrounded by massive circular pillars, along with the Throne Chamber - a vast room with a raised, octagonal dome and Dance Hall. Its famous pillars are 13 meters tall and are conjoined together by a foliated brick-work. The entablature rises up to 20 meters.