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Thirumalai Nayak Mahal

Thirumalai Nayak Mahal     About 1.5kms from the Meenakshi temple is this palace that was built in 1636 by the ruler whose named it bears. The imposing edifice is famous for the stuccowork on its domes and impressive arches. The Sorga Vilasam or the Celestial Pavilion, measuring 75mx52m, is constructed entirely of brick and mortar without the support of a single rafter or girder. It is a marvel of Indo Saracenic architectural style. Among the other striking features of the palace are the massive white pillars, several of which line the corridor that runs along the courtyard. Connected by well-decorated arches, these pillars measure 20m in height and have a circumference of 4m.

Elsewhere, there are polished black stone pillars of varying heights. It was King Thirumalai Nayak's grandson who demolished much of the fine structure and removed most of the jewels and woodcarvings in order to build his own palace in Thiruchirapalli. That his dream never came true is another story. Thanks to Lord Napier, the then Governor of Madras, who partially restored the palace in 1866-72, and the subsequent restoration works carried out several years ago, today, we get to see the Entrance Gate, the Main Hall and the Dance Hall. These are worth seeing too.

There's a daily sound - and - Light show in English at 6.45 p.m and in Tamil at 8.15 p.m.

This half an hour show extols the virtues of king Thirumalai, particularly his passion for the arts, his victories in battle and his love for his subjects. Palace is open for visitors

Timings Entrance Fee
9.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m Re.1/-per head.
2.00 p.m.and 5.00 p.m. "

Timings for daily Sound and light show Ticket charges for the Sound and Light show
English at 6.45 p.m
Tamil at 8.15 p.m.
Adults Rs.10/-
Child Rs.5/-