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.
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.
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.