Shakthan Thampuran Palace , Thrissur

One day, I was about to visit this Palace when my father said he would give me company. It took me by surprise for until then, neither had he shown any kind of inclination towards travel nor had he encouraged it. Besides, the palace was just stone’s throw away from my house.

Though I was happy to accept his offer, I was a bit apprehensive for he was a conventional and protective father. I was not really sure whether he could accommodate the mindset of a traveller in me. At the same time, I was happy that he offered to come with me. Hence, I kept all those thoughts for a while and set off with him to visit the place.

We reached by around 2 pm and in no time, I could see that he was enjoying every moment. It would not take more than an hour to see the palace, but the ambience and the company was too good that we ended up spending around three hours.

My Dad was too happy that he said “ I love travelling alone. I could not do that due to several commitments in my life.”

That got me thinking “ If such a small place can do such wonders what would a long travel can accomplish.” These thoughts just increased my yearning to travel.

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Situated at Thrissur, the cultural capital of Kerala, the palace was built by Raja Ramavarma Shakthan Thampuran ( 1790 – 1805) and is now maintained by the Archaeological department.

Sakthan Thampuran
Pic Credit : Artist Dinesh R Shenoy

Built in the Dutch and Kerala style, it was previously known as ‘Vadakkechira Kovilakam’ and was renovated by Shakthan Thampuran. Spotting this place is easy once you are in Thrissur as it’s in the North Bus Stand.

It wouldn’t take more than an hour to see the palace. But, it’s the well maintained garden that would attract your attention. It was full of greenery.

Inside the garden
Inside the Garden
Dad posing for the camera ( inside the garden)

There are several sections inside the Heritage garden and what interested me the most was the   ‘ Butterfly Garden’. Surprisingly, as the name indicates, there were butterflies all around.

Butterfly GardenButterfly Garden

Sarppakkavu 1
The Serpent Grove – Sarpa Kavu
Sarppakkavu 2
A side view of the Serpent Grove

So, what is a ‘ Sarpa Kavu’ or Serpent Grove?

The popular belief is that it’s where the Snake Gods lives. The Hindus worship Snake Gods by placing idols of snake gods inside a dense forest mostly, man made with all kinds of trees and plants. They lit small lamps as part of their worship.‘ Nagaradhana’ or snake worship is being practiced by Keralite Hindus for the past many centuries.


The Pond called ‘ Vadakkechira’ is a part of the palace and is under the Cochin Devaswom Board.

Finally, the tomb of Shakthan Thampuran

Sakthan TombThe tomb of Shakthan Thampuran

It’s certainly not a grand and huge palace but not devoid of charm. Hence, when you are in Thrissur, do not miss this palace by Shakthan Thampuran whose rule had been called the ‘ Golden Era’ of the erstwhile Kochi Dynasty.

To enter the palace, you need to pay a nominal fee.

  • Camera is not allowed inside the palace. 


From Cochin Airport, it is around two and a half hours away and from Thrissur railway station, it is just 2.6 kilometers away.

” Have you ever been to Thrissur and visited this Palace? ” 

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4 thoughts on “Shakthan Thampuran Palace , Thrissur”

  1. I had been to Thrissur many times mostly on my way to Guruvayur.I had never heard of this palace.I am very glad you are writing on lesser known places of interest.The descriptive post nicely written along with pictures give a feel of a visit to the place. I must confess that I would not venture near serpent grove!

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    1. It’s a well maintained place. And the Serpent Grove is inside the garden and you have to pass the Serpent Grove if you have to go to the exit. I did not go near it.


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