At a distance of three km from Madurai Junction Railway Station and 1 km from Meenakshi Temple, Thirumalai Nayak Mahal is a palace complicated constructed within the Indo-Saracen type by Thirumalai Nayak in 1636. It’s among the many main Madurai vacationer locations.
The unique palace complicated was 4 instances greater than the current construction. It was divided into two elements, Swargavilasa and Rangavilasa and solely the Swargavilasa is survived as we speak. The palace was designed by an Italian architect. The ceilings are embellished with massive work exhibiting Shaivite and Vaishnavite themes. The Darbar corridor (courtyard) and the Natakasala (dancing corridor) are carry the unique glory and are central points of interest for guests. There are 248 pillars, every 58 toes tall and 5 toes in diameter. It’s believed that the Rangavilasa portion of the palace was demolished by Chockanatha Nayak, the grandson of Thirumalai Nayak and the supplies have been carried to Trichy to construct a brand new palace.
Essentially the most outstanding a part of this palace is the dome of Swarga Vilasa, which lies past an enormous courtyard and is a powerful instance of the engineering talent of its builders, rising because it does to a peak of 20m with out assist of any sort. There’s a throne positioned within the Darbar corridor which was utilized by the Nayak rulers.
There’s a massive museum on the North-western facet of the palace (Natakasala) that homes fantastic assortment of Portray, utensils, images of the palace exhibiting its full glory and a number of other sculptures. The dome in Natakasala is splendidly constructed with glass home windows on all sides of the higher portion. There are a number of lovely sculptures unfold throughout the Natakasala from 10th to 17th century. There are two stair-ways to achieve the higher a part of the Natakasala.
There’s a tall tower on northern facet of the palace which is an added attraction.
Timings: 9 AM to 1 PM & 2 PM to five PM. A sound and lightweight present is carried out at 6.45 PM (English) and eight.15 PM (Tamil).
Entry Charge: Rs. 10 for Adults & Rs. 5 for Youngsters