Thirumalai Nayak Mahal

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Thirumalai Nayak Mahal


The Thirumalai Nayak Palace in Madurai was constructed in 1636 by King Thirumalai Nayak with the assistance of an Italian Architect. The Palace Complex consisted of main two parts, namely Swargavilasa and Rangavilasa. The two sections of the palace housed the royal abodes, a temple, a theatre, apartments, palanquin place, armoury, regal bandstand, quarters, a pond and a garden.

It is said that the palace served as an entertainment centre where the Emperor had his daily dance and music performances conducted. The courtyard of the palace is about 3,900sq.m and is enclosed by enormous spherical pillars. The palace possesses a thousand pillared mandapam which is supposed to have been constructed by Arya Natha Mudaliyar, the then Prime Minister of the first Nayaka of Madurai. Towards its west is the Throne Chamber of the palace, which has a vast room with an elevated, octagonal dome. Apart from being a seat of entertainment, the palace also served as a location for discussing matters pertaining to the administration of the regime. Post India’s independence, the palace was confirmed as a national monument and was put under the responsibility of Tamil Nadu Archaeological Department.

The palace authorities organise light and sound shows on regular basis, taking its audience through the annals of history in a different manner. Timings for the same are 6:45 pm to 7:35 pm in Tamil and later from 8:00 pm to 8:50 pm in English.

Best time to visit

The palace can be visited through out of the year


Folklore sings many praises of the king's generosity, one of such tales state that when an artisan's son was pestering his father to get him mangoes in an off season, the king ordered two golden mangoes from the palace to gift him, so that the artisan could go back to his work.


The Palace is open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and then from 2:00 am to 5:00 pm for visitors

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