Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal is one of the adoring jewels of Madurai. This grand fort, beautified with huge pillars, intricate designs, and precious art works is a great sight to behold. This great monument attracts million a year.
Thirumala Nayakar Mahal took its form in the year 1639 by the King Thirumalai Nayakar. This grandeur fort is built in Indo Italian style. The huge rampant running along the building will tell the excellent craftsmanship of the architectures. The building now in existence is only a half of the real palace. This palace now mainly has two parts Swargavilasa and Rangavilasa. The center of the hall is the administration room, next comes the riyal abode, bedroom, garden, pool and fountain. During 19the centuary Lord Naiper made renovations to this palace and is responsible for the current appearance of the Mahal.
Architecture of Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal is highly praised by all engineers, the mammoth structure has always been the subject of research by the architecture, the tall colossal pillars are also one of their kinds, adding to it the paintings in the ceiling will leave everyone enchanted. During evenings, there is light and water show held in the audience hall of the palace, with is really worth seeing. There is a secret tunnel running underneath this place and ending at the shrine of Goddess Meenakshi, but for now this tunnel is closed.
How to reach:
Busses are available from all major cities in Tamilnadu to Madurai. From the Madurai bus terminal you can take a taxi or local busses to Mahal.
Madurai railway station is well connected to all the major parts of India.
Mahal is in few kilometers from the Madurai Airport. From there both public busses and taxi are available.