Located in Kayamkulam in Alappuzha district as an archaeological museum, Krishnapuram palace is the beautiful specimen for the unique Kerala architecture. Completed with bay windows, narrow passages and gabled roofs, visiting this exclusive palace can be a mind-blowing experience. Built as the residence of the rulers of the region, Krishnapuram Palace is a favorite spot for many people who would like to enjoy the beauty of true Kerala architecture.
The most attractive feature of Krishnapuram Palace is its single band large mural painting of 49 square meters – Gajendra Moksham. This is among the largest mural paintings discovered so far in the state. This painting has a mythological theme which is the salvation of an elephant King called Gajendra. It is interesting to watch the elephant greeting Lord Vishnu in the mural painting in devoutness while other gods and saint look on. The painting is placed on the walls of the bathing house attached to the palace. It is believed that Lord Vishnu was the family deity of the rulers of Kayamkulam Kingdom and they could worship the deity after taking bath due to its special position on the walls of the bathing house.
The beautifully landscaped garden is another striking feature of Krishnapuram Palace. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of tropical plants and flowers at the compound of this archaeological museum. You will also appreciate the recently constructed Buddha Mandapam. The statue of Buddha at the mandapam is truly catches the attention of every visitor to the museum. Visitors can also enjoy some rare collections of paintings and bronze antique sculptures at the Krishnapuram Palace Museum.
This elegant palace is a protected monument under the Archaeology Department. Even though the true age of the palace is not known, it is believed that the palace has renovated in the 18th century. The palace has been renovated recently as a part of the protection of heritage buildings in the state as per the scientific techniques.
Krishnapuram Palace is a favorite spot for many people who are interested to know the history of Kerala. Aside exploring the museum, people love to watch the unique architecture of the palace. Visitors are allowed to enter the museum every day except on Mondays from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. The museum does not open for visitors on national holidays.
Located in the Alappuzha district, it is worth visiting the Krishnapuram Palace if you plan a vacation in Kumarakom. Kayamkulam is the nearest railway station which is approximately 8 kilometers from the palace. The nearest Trivandrum International Airport is around 103 kilometers from Krishnapuram Palace.
Bastion Bungalow which is one of the oldest Dutch heritage sites in India, is situated in Fort Kochi, Kerala. Bastion Bungalow is the first heritage museum in the district of Ernakulam.
S. Raymond, Executive Director of Kerala Museum has been entrusted with the work to the path of the heritage museum title. He said work on this area in Bastion Bungalow has begun and it will take about two years for the completion of the work. It is a part of the initiative of the Kerala government which proposes to have a heritage museum in every district of Kerala.
Bastion Bungalow was part of the Fort Immanuel that was built by the Dutch in 1663, facing the calm sea. A part of it one of the bastions, Stromberg was later transformed into the present Bastion Bungalow. It is built modelling on the Indo – European style architecture. Later after the reign of Dutch when the British came to rule the Country, they destroyed the Fort Immanuel. But they didn’t touch the Bastion Bungalow and it remained intact.
After India got Independence from the British powers, it was converted into the residence of sub-divisional officers. In 2000, it was handed over to the Archaeology Department of India. In between these years the bungalow came into limelight when it featured in the Ivory Merchant film ‘Cotton Mary’ in the late nineties.
Mr. Raymond said that the Bungalow will now be turned into the first district heritage museum of the state. About Rs.1 crore has been allotted by the State government for the initial developmental works of the project. It would take about two years for completing the project. The state government has set aside about Rs. 14 crore for the development of heritage museums in the state.
Raymond added that the after the completion of the project the Bastion Bungalow will be equipped with facilities to give compact information about all one wants to know about Kochi. The Kerala museum will be the nodal agency for setting up and managing heritage museums in every district of Kerala. The cultural affairs department is now trying hard to get UNESCO supported Heritage Conservation Project for Fort Kochi which contains several important heritage sites of Kerala.