Thursday, 14 September 2017

Impressive Kollengode Palace,Kerala

Kollengode Palace, City of
If you look at the countless historical palaces of Kerala, you will be struck by some interesting facts and see some similar  patterns emerging out of them. They are not big and massive, no Mogul or Rajasthani type of design. There is no over presentation of ornamentation. With some exceptions, you can see rare Indo - European style adopted for the palace buildings of Indian rulers. They simply follow the designs and styles available locally - vernacular styles. Kerala style of architecture is simple, expressive and elegant quite suitable to the geography of  this place where  the monsoon is heavy. So, the climate of Kerala has influenced the traditional Kerala architecture.  Since, wood is widely used for the construction including walls,  structurally, the wooden  roof  is supported by pillars on the walls. All around the edify, the walls are erected on a  plinth raised from the ground, so that it is protected against dampness and insects in a tropical climate.  Invariably domestic architecture  follows  trend and development of temple architecture. 
At a distance of 26 Kms from Palakkad Railway Station lies  Kollengode Palace that was once the seat of power enjoyed by  the Kollengode Rajas. The predominant community here was Kollan (both in Tamil and Malayalam meaning blacksmith). Hence the place is known as Kollengode.

Kollengode palace, Kollengode. Let's See India

Kollengode palace, Kollengode.

It was in 1904, the  Raja of Kollengode, Vasudeva Raja, built  this palace and gave it to his daughter. Her descendants had lived here for a long time. In 1975, the State Department of Archaeology  took over the property and converted it into a museum. The original Kollengode palace (Kalari kovilakam) is in Kollengode,  palakkad. The building design is typically native to Kerala and here one can see a blend of traditional Kerala architecture and western design.  The museum houses the personal belongings of the ruler Vasudeva Raja and a large collection of murals from many parts of Kerala.  Mention may be made of temple models and well-preserved Veerakallu - hero stones. They are ancient stone-engravings and sculptures. There are manuscripts on dry palm-leaves.   The architecture of the palace is a unique blend of traditional Kerala architecture with western design.

 Set in a serene village removed far away from the din of urban life, lots of tourists come here to enjoy peace and tranquillity. The Gayathri River, a tributary of Bharathpuzha  passes through the town. It is now converted into a luxury hotel and an Ayurvedic Spa. The Nelliampathy Hills on one side and a large area of fertile paddy fields on the other make this place an interesting one to lose our worries and be at peace with ourselves