August 31, 2016
in Palace, Places

Visited Thirumalai Nayak palace recently and thought of sharing the great architecture that this palace portrays. This palace was funded by king Thirumalai Nayak and built by Italian architect during 17th century.



Palace Courtyard

This is considered as one of the wonders of the south India. The palace what we see today is the main palace where King Thirumalai Nayak lived. The actual structure is four times bigger than what we see today. The below picture currently displayed in palace museum portrays the earlier view of the palace which highligts the vastness and majestic look of the palace


Thirumalai Nayak Palace original view

Original view of the Palace

This palace has been built on Dravidian and Islamic style, a rare combo in the building structure that was erected in 17th century


Thirumalai Nayak Palace Dravidian Islamic construction

Islamic Architecture design in the Palace

The pillars are the highlights which brings our attention immediately when we enter the palace. The whole structure stands with the help of these giant pillars . Each pillar measures width of size 19 feet and height measuring maximum of 82 feet. The below pictures gives a glimpse of these giant pillars in the palace


View 1


View 2



View 3

The other highlight is the tomb construction in the palace. When we enter the museum in the palace, we could explicitly see how tomb is constructed starting from pillar till it’s top. I felt the construction is more expressive and not hidden. Its like row of trees on both the sides with the branches leading to the top.



Palace Museum


Pillars leading to the curve reaching the top of the tomb


This palace has a sound and light show in the evening. This show plays the specific snippet from the story of “Silappathikaram”. It is worthwhile to watch this as sound and light move to-gether when the play is performed.


Sound and Light show in the palace

If you are planning to visit this palace, please plan to drop-in by 4 PM so that you can have a visit of the palace till 5 PM and enjoy the sound and light show in the evening starting at 6:45 PM.

Well, the main objective of writing this blog is to highlight the important architecture of this palace through my camera view  which should inculcate interest (artistic/architecture interest) in you to visit this palace. Even though the palace has went through a span of nearly 400 years with lot of devastation, the remain of the palace is still worth to be watched. I have enjoyed visiting this place and hence thought of sharing with you all

6 Comments on This Post

Fantastic pictures Mani, looks very beautiful

August 31, 2016

Super Mani, nice clicks..

August 31, 2016

Beautiful pictures…

Srinivasan Chakrapani
August 31, 2016


September 1, 2016

Very well described and nice photos….

September 1, 2016

Excellent photography 🙂

Madhukar Joshi
September 26, 2016

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