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#9 of 77 Places To Visit in Madurai
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Panthadi, 1st Street Mahal Area, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001, India
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All days of the week
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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1 to 2 hours

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Also known as the Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal,  Thirumalai Nayak Mahal is a  magnificent palace which dates back to 1636. Built by the Nayak king, Thirumalai Nayak, the palace is a curious blend of Dravidian and Islamic styles of architecture. It was built as a residence for the king of the Nayak kindgom when their capital was at Madurai.

Thirumalai Nayak Mahal in Madurai is famous for its impressive arches and "stuccowork" on its domes. The austere exteriors offset the palatial interiors, with tall, white pillars lining the corridors. These pillars are a characteristic feature of the palace and are 20 m high and 4 m in circumference. It was stripped off much of its grandeur by Thirumalai Nayak's grandson, who took away most of the woodcarvings and jewels to build a palace for himself in Tiruchirapalli, though he was never successful in that endeavour. Currently, the palace exists in its present glory, thanks to the efforts of Lord Napier, the British Governor of Madras, who renovated the palace between 1866 and 1872.

The complex now runs a sound and light show every evening to explain about the history of the palace and  Thirumalai Nayak Mahal,  praising his work as a ruler for the benefit of his subjects.  The grandeur of King Thirumalai Nayak’s Palace, built in 1636, is still evident. It is a beautiful structure, with a massive courtyard, surrounded by corridors lined with sculpted pillars that rise 40 ft high. There is also an interesting museum inside. 

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nagaraj hs
nagaraj hs
Jul 07 2016
Please for heavens sake maintain this historical monument. Don't make cobwebs and bats to disfigure the majestic Pillars and the beautiful roof paintings. In any other country this would not be the case. Nagaraj hs Bangalore
Asish N.S
Asish N.S
Good but not mutch
Mar 07 2015
The huge pillar's will amaze you for some time.. Inside the palace is calm and quite. You have to pay for watching the light show. Museum contains some archaeological rocks with some writings in it,which does not provide much for a normal tourist .Fr ...... read more