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Lost a lot of its splendour

Lovely structure, not maintained, graffiti on many pillars. Shame as you can see it must of been magnificent once.

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We paid a recent visit to the mahal and indeed it is a astonishing experience . My children enjoyed every moment of their stay at mahal.A special reference may be made about the bathing tub situated in a room in the ground level.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This palace (mahal) is one of its kind in India - with gigantic pillars and excellently built big Courtyard and simple dancing hall. The pillars are the major attraction in this mahal - as atleast 4-5 adults are required to hug the pillar. The symmetric nature is also outstanding. It takes around 1-1:30 to go through the entire place including... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely structure, not maintained, graffiti on many pillars. Shame as you can see it must of been magnificent once.

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Thank Ace R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The palace needs serious looking after. It was full of pigeons and bird poo. Not much to be seen apart from the big courtyard, hallways and old stone carvings displayed here. Could look a lot better with some serious effort.

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Thank Yashwardhan
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good place to visit if you are an architecture lover! A place built with good taste. Do read the history before you come.

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Thank Kaushalya V
Coimbatore, India
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A historical Palace of the Nayakar rulers. There is a small museum inside. Very great Palace with huge pillars. There is a lighting show at the evening. So never miss it also.

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal is located 10 km from the city and is an Indo-Saracenic palace, constructed in 1523. Originally it was four times larger than its present size. Its most remarkable feature is the Swarga Vilasam or the audience hall, whose dome rises to a height of 20 m without any kind of support. The building itself shows the result... More 

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Thank Judi L
Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On entering the Thirumalai Nayakar palace, which is a short tuk tuk ride from anywhere in Madurai, you can't help but being surprised by the vastness of the main hall. An information panel at the far end informs you that what remains of the palace is only a quarter of its original appearance. Time has not been particularly kind to... More 

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Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The huge and several pillars make us wonder about the planning and workmanship involved in putting up such a memorable and mammoth construction done about 4oo years ago. However, the mainetence and renovation need attention from the Concerned authorities. In fact, the present palace structure is reported to be only a quarter of a huge structure built by the King... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The spaces in this palace resound european sensibilities, amazing scale, proportions.Interesting Palace to visit. Couldnt see the light and sound show.

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