Kanakakunnu Palace

Kanakakunnu Palace is an extraordinary architectural marvel located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, close to the Napier Museum. It’s attributed to Sree Moolam Thirunal, a historical figure from the region. The palace, originally used by the Travancore royal family, had a unique purpose: despite their vegetarian practices, it was a venue for entertaining guests and serving non-vegetarian meals.

Now managed by the Tourism department, the palace has evolved into a dynamic cultural center, hosting a variety of cultural events and gatherings. Its construction during the Travancore Kingdom’s rule reflects the area’s rich heritage, merging traditional Kerala style with colonial influences.

The architecture features intricate woodwork, captivating carvings, and iconic sloping roofs. The palace, once reserved for royal occasions, now thrives as a cultural hub, offering exhibitions, concerts, festivals, and artistic assemblies. Set amid the sprawling Kanakakunnu Gardens, the palace grounds provide an ideal backdrop for both locals and tourists to immerse themselves in Kerala’s cultural legacy.

As a symbol of historical significance, the palace whispers the tales of the past, inviting visitors to embrace the tranquility and heritage of Kerala’s legacy. For a fulfilling visit, it’s recommended to check for ongoing events and maintenance schedules before planning your excursion.

How to Reach

  • By Air: Trivandrum International Airport (5km)
  • By Train: Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station (3km)
  • By Road: Thampanoor Bus Stand (3.4km)

Kanakakunnu Palace Address

Sooryakanthi Rd, Kanaka Nagar, Nanthancodu, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.


The palace is closed on Mondays. From Tuesday to Sunday, it is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm for visitors to explore, and the best part is that there is no entry fee.

Places to Visit Near Kanakakunnu Place

  • Napier Museum (1km from kanakakunnu Palace)
  • Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple (4km from kanakakunnu Palace)
  • Thiruvananthapuram Zoo (1km from kanakakunnu Palace)
  • Sree Chitra Gallery (1.9 km from Kanakakunnu Palace)

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Opening Details




10:00 to 17:00


10:00 to 17:00


10:00 to 17:00


10:00 to 17:00


10:00 to 17:00


10:00 to 17:00

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