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The historical Kowdiar Palace was the residence of
Travancore Maharajahs and their families who were patrons of art, music and literature. Considered as one of fine palaces in Kerala, it is located in the capital city of Thiruvanathapuram and this three-storied building has as many as 150 rooms, wooden elevator and six beautiful steeples. As like other palaces in this state, it is built in typical Kerala style architecture that enhances the grandeur of this edifice.
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Built during the reign of Sree Chithira Moolam Thirunal in 1934, this beautiful palace was presented to Rani, Sethu Lekshmi Bayi on the occasion of her wedding - Pallikettu with Col. G.V. Raja. Pursuant to Constitutional Amendment of 1971, the Royal family's estates were legally partioned and divided equally between branches of the two Travancore Queens - Sethu Lakshmi Bayi and Sethu Parvathi Bayi. This Palace is owned by the heirs of Sethu Parvathi Bayi as it was built by her son Maharajah Sree Chithira Thirunal
The last Raja Sree Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma is buried in the this palace garden. The Kowdiar Palace is only 14 kms from Thiruvananthapuram International airport and only 6 kms from Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station.
The palace can not be accessed by the Public as the royal members of the family use it. Places like Raj Bhavan, Kanakakkunnu Palace and Napier museum are near by and worth a visit.