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King Thirumalai Nayak of Tamil Nadu breathed life into the architectural magnificence of the palace, Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, Madurai. The palace fashions a grand synthesis of Rajput and Dravidian style of architecture. Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal gravitates thousands of tourists from across the globe, who visit to revel in the entertainment, events, and shows that depict the rich cultural tapestry of Tamil Nadu.
Brace yourself to marvel the mesmerizingly breathtaking architecture of Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal
The Light and Sound show is an exciting event, held at the Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal. The story depicts the interesting facts and historic tale of the king Silappathikaram of Tamil Nadu. The shows are held in both English and Tamil languages. You can also get a brief history of the city of Madurai through these shows. The 'Light & Sound show' program is generally held in the evening hours.
The interior of Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal is divided into Ranga Vilasam and Swarga Vilasam which are two sections that constitute to the pavilion of the palace. Both the parts house the orchard and pond, royal bandstand, palatial quarters, palanquin place, armory, apartments, shrine, theatre, and royal residence. The Swarga Vilasam is the throne room. It has a domed octagon that is supported by an arcade of cylindrical columns and stone ribs and crowned with finials and carved arches.
Thirumalai Nayak was one of the most noticeable rulers among the Nayaks in Madurai. He is renowned for commanding multiple grand structures in the region. The local people believe that the king hired an Italian architect for the construction of the palace. Though the grandson of Thirumalai Nayak removed most of the jewels and wood carvings for the creation of his castle but later between 1866 to 1872, the structure was restored by Lord Napier, Governor of Madras. The main entrance gate, the main hall, and the dance hall are the areas of this restoration. The main aim of the ruler was to construct such a palace that would be the greatest among the palaces in Southern India. The palace is very popular due to its gigantic pillars which stands to a height of 82 feet with wideness around 19 feet and counts to around 248 of them all. The massive pillars and daunting structures are no less than architectural surprise. The palace welcomes you by a vast courtyard, fenced by circular pillars and a beautiful garden.
How to Get Tickets?
Tickets to the Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal are quite inexpensive and are available online right here on this website. You can also purchase the tickets at the entrance of the palace, but that involves long queues and a lot of time.
How To Get Around?
Getting around in the Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal is best done on foot. Explore the interiors, the arches, corridors, and the beautiful gardens and courtyards either by taking part in guided tours or on your own on foot.
What Should I Wear?
A visit to an Indian palace calls for Indian ethnic wear. Put on the best of your ethnic suit and step into the regal glory of the Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal. For foreign tourists, wear anything comfortable and decent. Formal dresses for women and shirts and trousers for men will suit just fine.
Best Time to Visit
Tourists can visit the Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal at any time of the year. The best time to visit the palace is during winter when the climate of Tamil Nadu is comfortable and cool.
The currency is Indian Rupee.
Will I Need a Guide?
You do not need a guide. Transportation is easy, and all the required information is provided on this website.
How To Get There?
Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal palace is situated in Eastern Madurai towards the south-east of Meenakshi Amman Temple. Madurai is one of the hottest tourist spots of Tamil Nadu and is therefore efficiently connected by a convenient network of flight and railway services especially between Madurai and Chennai, Bangalore, Bombay, and Sri Lanka.
To have a nice and clear view of the light and sound show, take a seat in the middle of the row as the sides can have the huge pillars shadowing the magnificent palace throne. You can also take mosquito repellant with you, especially during evening hours as the place is open.