Padmanabhapuram Palace is located near Thakkala. The palace is maintained under the control of the Government of Kerala.
It was built in the 18th century by Anusham Thirunal Marthanda Varma, the princely king of Travancore.
The fort is spread over an area of 186 acres and houses a palace on 60 acres. Inside the palace, there are many rare sculptures and paintings with wood carvings. Thousands of tourists visit these places every day.
The Padmanabhapuram Palace was closed last March due to the spread of corona infection. The Padmanabhapuram Palace will be reopened from next month (November 3) following the current outbreak of corona infection. Tourists are allowed to visit the palace with various restrictions.
According to Ajith Kumar, the official in charge of the palace, only a limited number of tourists are allowed in the palace daily. They will be subject to time restrictions. After the thermal scanner test will be allowed through the palace entrance. The face shield is a must. Also, boys under 10 and adults over 60 are not allowed.
He said the narrow passages around the palace had been closed and alternative arrangements had been made to prevent the spread of corona infection. According to local businessmen, the Tamil Nadu government has announced a relaxation of the corona and allowed shops to open.
But, we were forced into a situation where shopkeepers based on tourist sites could not open shops. The merchants who shop in the palace areas are completely dependent on tourists. We had a hard time not opening stores for 8 months. They said they were pleased to announce the opening of the palace.