Kollengode Palace in ThrissurThrissur is home to several beautiful palaces with the Kollengode Palace being one of the most popular of such palaces. Although not as old as the Sakthan Thampuran Palace, it is still more than a hundred years old (104 to be exact) and is now regarded as a heritage building.
The palace was meant to serve as the house of the Raja of Kollengode, who is said to have taken a keen interest in constructing the palace. He is said to have used nothing but the best of materials for its construction and employed the best architects to design it.
The palace is extremely rich in architecture and takes you back in time, to give you a glimpse of an era, when royalty was rife, and what life was like for the royals who existed at the time.
The raja is said to have built the palace in 1904 and then passed it onto his daughter. The palace is a big building and again, is a typical Nalkettu, which is the most common type of building structure in Kerala. It is situated to the south eastern part of the region of Palakkad.
Kollengode is a small area in Thrissur and is home to several blacksmiths and derives its name from Malayalam word for the same, known as ‘kollen’. The palace also houses a small temple where lord Vishnu is worshipped.
This palace contains a large gallery where several murals and art that hail from all over Kerala are preserved, along with rare manuscripts that were etched onto palm leaves, various statues of the kings of Kochi, stone sculptures from the 12th and 18th centuries, the various utensils that the kings used etc. In fact, it was originally treated as the museum and contained all the original bronze, granite and coin artifacts that were then shifted to the Sakthan palace.
The government of Kerala very recently decided to turn the palace into a heritage museum and a total sum of 5.21 crores has been sanctioned to give it a makeover.
This palace is usually bustling with tourists with weekends being the most busy of days.
Kollengode Kunisseri Road