Kanakakunnu Palace, Thiruvananthpuram

Posted Date: 18 Oct 2010      Author: Latha Jayaprakash Profile photo   Member Level: Gold (Rs 50)

Kanakakunnu Palace is located in Thiruvanaanthpuram, the capital city of Kerala, atop a small hill. The palace is surrounded by beautiful meadows and at present cultural programs and festivals are staged there regularly.

Location of the Kanakakunnu Palace in Thiruvananthapuram

Kanaka Kunnu palace is located in the heart of Thiruvananthapuram city near the Napier Museum. The Palace is located on top of a small hill which is surrounded by beautiful meadows and grooves. The palace hold cultural meets and programs and also is an excellant place for jogging and the families to relax in the evenings.

About Kanakakunnu palace inThiruvananthapuram

The Kakanakakunnu Palace was constructed during the reign of Sree Moolam Thirunaal one of the rulers of the Travancore state. Royal banquets used to be held here at this Kanakakunnu palace.
During the reign of Sree Chitra Thirunaal the palace was modified and tennis courts were constructed in the Palace premises. This place is known for its structural and architectural elegance and the palace was used by the royal family as a venue to entertain their guests in those days.The interiors are decorated with crystal chandeliers and other exquisite pieces of royal furniture.
The stunning architecture of the palace is one of the remaining legacies of the Colonial era. At present the palace is protected by the tourism department. This palace has alson been enlisted as the heritage monument by the national Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage.

Cultural programs and festivals at Kanakakunnu palace auditoriums

Nisagandhi open air Auditorium is located within the palace grounds. This is a sought after venue for staging cultural programs . The Auditorium plays host to various programs like a week long festival of Indian Classical dance festival including Bharathanatyam, Mohiniyattam and Kuchipudi etc. Many artists participate in this festival from across India.
There is a Suryankanthi auditorium which is a popular venue for exhibitions , trade fairs and other cultural programs. there is a week long food festival which is held in the grounds and sees many chefs from the hotels all over the cityof Thiruvananthapuram.

How to Reach Kanakakunnu Palace
Thiruvananthapura, airport is the nearest airport to go to Kanakakunnu palace.
The nearest railway station is Thiruvananthapuram central railway station and the bus stand is the Central Bus Stand. You can get prepaid taxis from the airport as well as the railway station to reach kanakakunnu palace.

Accommodation facilities at Thiruvananthapuram

You can get accommodations easily in the city of Thiruvananthapuram. All sorts of accommodations from luxurious hotels and resorts to the budget accomodations to the homestays and lodgings are available.

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