Thirumalai Nayak Palace Madurai – Grandeur at Its Best


Having travelled to many places in India and abroad I have seen many palaces, courts and royal architectures and they always magnetize me. Thus, there was no chance of me missing the Thirumalai Nayak Palace Madurai on my holiday to Madurai. The visiting hours starting from 9 a.m., I reached there around 10 o’clock. The view of the palace at a glance just made me speechless – what a masterpiece it was! Stepping inside the gates on the courtyard of the palace gave me a royal feeling and also reminded me of the taste and luxurious life style of King Thirumalai Nayak, under whose order this place was constructed.


King Thirumalai Nayak
King Thirumalai Nayak | Image Resource :
Tirumalai Nayak Palace Topview
Tirumalai Nayak Palace Topview | Image Resource :
Thirumalai Nayak Palace Madurai
Thirumalai Nayak Palace Madurai | Image Resource :


This place was ideal to fill the memory card of my camera since almost every part of the palace was ideal to be posted on my social networking site. The architecture clearly reflected the mixture of Dravidian and Islamic styles in the pillars and arches as well as the interior of the palace. Not only the glossy walls but the golden ceilings were fascinating and evidenced the luxurious lifestyle of the royalty. The division of the interior into Swarga Vilasam and Ranga Vilasam brought back to me the memories of the Mughal palaces, where such distinct divisions were strictly maintained. The royal residence, royal bandstand, theatre, armory located within these two divisions reflected the magnificence of the king and his power. Walking through the rows of pillars would give you the feel of royalty. The garden of the palace was also beautifully maintained having an amalgamation of greenery and colour. Spending the whole day in the palace I was eagerly waiting for the light and sound show that was about to start from 6:45 p.m. Already mesmerized by the beauty of the palace during the day, I felt elated to have seen it at night dazzling with lights.


During Night Show
During Night Show | Image Resource :
Queen’s Residence
Queen’s Residence | Image Resource :
Paintings in the roof of the Palace
Paintings in the roof of the Palace | Image Resource :


Apart from the architecture, the paintings on the roof of the palace, the Queen’s residence in the Durbar Hall, the ornamental throne of king Nayak, everything were a specimen of art in Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Madurai. Looking spectacular with colored pillars and creating a magical effect this place would be engraved in my memory forever. Having covered most of the places of my must-visit list, the next point of my visit was Tirupparankundram Murugan temple, Madurai, which I was hoping would add some more memories to my Madurai trip.


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Hey, I am Adway Chavan, an IT professional who spends all of his working hours staring at a computer screen...well, almost all. IT is my passion whilst nature, wildlife and adventure are the buzzwords I live by. I am also an amateur photographer and have travelled extensively in India and abroad. I never ever turn down a travel idea and spend all my holidays visiting national parks and forest reserves, biking up mountains and taking road trips. I have also indulged in bungee jumping, paragliding and sailing. One day I hope to take up the greatest challenge of all and go trekking in the Himalayas! Till then, watch this space!

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