Poonjar Palace is a palce to see in Kottayam, it is a glorious testimony to the regal opulence of a bygone era. Palace has an extra ordinary royal collection of antiques and exquisite furniture, which makes it an ideal destination for history tours. The royal collection include a palanquin, a Thoni(small boat) carved out of a single piece of wood for Ayurvedic massages, huge chandeliers, palm leaf engravings, jewel boxes, a variety of lamps, sculptures of Nataraja (dancing Lord Siva ), grain measures, statues and weapons. A unique couch preserved here is taken out once a year for ritualistic purposes.
Palace has an amazing replica of the Madurai Meenakshi Temple, which is located within the palace walls. The walls of this temple have sculptures with war fare stories from the Puranas (the legends of ancient India). The most fascinating thing to see in the Poonjar palace is the Chuttuvilakku (row of lamps) carved out on the stone walls of the Sastha Temple nearby. Such rocks cut lamps are rare in India.
Cochin international airport 83.8 km.
Erattupetta bus station 27. Km.
Kottayam railway station 41.4 km.
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