Padmanabhapuram Palace is part of the Tentative list of India in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
Padmanabhapuram Palace is a 16th century wooden palace of the former Maharajas of Travancore. The palace complex, comprising several buildings, shows the traditional timber architecture of South India. The four-storeyed central mansion also has rich Hindu murals.
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The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
The trip started off the wrong foot. We had booked a tour through the tourist office in Trivandrum and as we got halfway, the minibus had a breakdown and all the tour director could say was that we had to wait. After 2 hours of eating red bananas, drinking coconut water and cursing next to a church (this is Kerala, after all), we finally started moving, but all I wanted to was to be done with the visit quickly.
Once on the premises though, I regained my excitement: the woodwork is impressive. One such example is the pillar in Thai Kottaram (pictured). After reading here about the murals, I started checking the photos frantically, but then I realised that the access Upparikka Malika's topmost floor was restricted to visitors in order to preserve the paintings.
Kanyakumari/Cape Comorin is also worth a visit for the colours of its sand, the Thiruvalluvar Statue and the memorial to the 2004 tsunami.
2014 Added to Tentative List
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