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Tirumalainayak Palace, Madurai


An artistic blend of Dravidian and Islamic styles, Thirumalai Nayak Palace is a place worth admiring and exploring when on a Madurai Tour. It was built in 1635, by the King Thirumalai Nayak who had the vision of creating a masterpiece for royal stay. It was designed as a residence for the king by an Italian architect. This palace is a must visit for history lovers and those who love to explore architectural fineness of bygone eras. The sound and light shows about the story of Silappathikaram are conducted every evening at the palace, making your trip to this palace even more exciting.

This palace which was apparently four times bigger in its original form than the present structure had seen many destructions over the passing decades. It is said that grandson of King Thirumalai Nayak had dismantled this palace to a large extent, leading to distortion of its intricate design. His grandson had removed precious jewels and exquisite woodcarvings from this palace in order to build his own palace in Tiruchirappalli, although he could never materialize his dream of building a grander palace.

However, later during the years of 1866 to 1872, this palace was partially renovated by the then Governor of Madras, Lord Napier. Currently, after many stages of restoration work over many years, tourists can see entrance gate, the dance hall and the main hall.

What to do there

Peruse artifacts in the museum which include items excavated from various sites.

Sound & Light show in English 6.45pm to 7.35pm

Sound & Light show in Tamil 8pm to 8.50pm

Getting there

Tirumalainayak Palace is walkable distance from Meenakshi Amman Temple. From airport 9 kms, Railway Station 2 kms. All buses goes in to Vilakkuthoon will stop near palace and one can walk.

Opening hours

Open on all days from 9am to 5pm

Entry fee

The entry fee for Indians to the palace is Rs 10 for adults and Rs 5 for children.

Rs 30 for all cameras including mobile phone photography.

For foreigners the entry fee is Rs 50 for adults and Rs 25 for children.


1, Mahal Vadampokki St, Mahal Area, Madurai Main, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001

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