The city of Madurai in Tamil Nadu is although famous for its Meenakhsi Temple, it also has a few building of great architectural and historical significance. Thirumalai Nayak Mahal is one such structure - a 17th-century palace built in 1636 AD by King ThirumalaiNayak. The grand and spacious palace is a great fusion of Dravidian and Rajput styles of architectures and delightsconnoisseurs for its supreme design and elegance.
When constructed and during its heyday, Thirumalai Nayak Palace was considered a gem and wonder of the whole of Southern region of India. It’s just 2 km off the renowned Meenakshi Mahal, to the south east side, and you can visit it to relive the history and architectural grandiose of the era. The interior of the palace easily surpasses most palaces in the region purely for scale and for being richly decorated.
The architecture of the Thirumalai Nayak Mahal is a subtle fusion of indigenous and Islamic forms. The palace is well-known for its massive pillars that have a height of 82 feet and width of 19 feet. It’s believed that an Italian architect was hired for the construction of this palace that has seen a significant amount of tear and wear in its existence of over 400 years.