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Kanakakkunnu Palace, one of the last architectural relics of the colonial era is situated in the capital city of Kerala near the Napier museum.
It is located about 800 meters north east of the Napier Museum in the heart of Trivandrum city. It was built during the reign of Travancore king Sree Moolam Thirunal (1885−1924), the palace served as the main venue for royal banquets.
Later Swathi Thirunal, one of Travancore’s accepted rulers, renovated the palace and constructed tennis courts in the premises and also used it a as a summer retreat for few years
The colossal crystal chandeliers and an array of fine pieces of royal furniture in the interiors of the palace is a testimony to the lavish lifestyle of the Thirunal kings who were fond of music and art.
Adding to it, exterior view of the palace is a chocolate box setting on the apex of a small mount lush with meadows, grooves and flowering shrubs.
The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has listed this place as a heritage monument. It is now protected by the tourism department the palace plays host to a lot of cultural meets and programs.
Today the palace complex comprises of Nishagandhi Open-air Auditorium and Sooryakanthi Auditorium. A popular hang about of culture vultures in the city, the auditoriums are the venues for various cultural meets and programs.
The prestigious All India Dance Festival also known as Nishagandhi festival is hosted annually by the Department of Tourism at the Nishagandhi open-air auditorium.
Kanakakunnu Palace is the cultural hub of the city. The palace complex now owns two auditoriums, where a large number of cultural events take place. If you plan a visit, make sure you catch up the All India Dance Festival, popularly known as Nishgandhi festival hosted annually here.