The Kanakakunnu Palace is a magnificent building in the district of Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. The Palace was built during the rule of Travancore Kings by Maharaja Sree Mulam Thirunal. It lies near to the famous Napier Museum. Though passed over to the Royal Travancore Family, this palace is now protected and managed by the Tourism department. This palace is considered to be the last remnant of the colonial era and signifies the royal times of Travancore Kingdom.
The palace is constructed on top of a small hill surrounded with lush green meadows. So, spending some time here is surely a nature lover’s delight. The expansive grounds of the palace are presently utilized as a major site for organizing several cultural programmes and meetings. The department of tourism also conducts an All India Dance Festival every year in the Nisagandhi Auditorium located within the palace.
This festival is popular for classical dance performances. Another auditorium is the Sooryakanthy auditorium. The palace is beautifully decorated through wooden work from inside equipping unique and precious furniture. The cultural festivals organized here are very popular among foreign tourists and Indian art lovers as well.The Kanakakunnu palace has many other tourists’ destinations nearby like Thhambanoor, Vellayambalam etc.