Situated close to the Vadakkunnathan Temple
, Shakthan Thampuran Palace stands as a symbol of several interesting and remarkable aspects of the erstwhile rulers of Kochi
. Formerly known as Vadakkechira Kovilakam, the palace was renovated to its present form by Shakthan Thampuram – one of the greatest rulers of Kerala
Shakthan Thampuran Palace, spread over six acres of land, is a fine blend of Dutch and Kerala style of architecture. The main structure of the palace is inclusive of a two-storied building and a traditional style Nalukettu. Among the specialties are high roofs, thick walls, spacious rooms and floors laid in Italian marbles. The tomb of Shakthan Thampuran, apart from other two tombs, is inside the palace. Besides, references about the rulers of Mysore who have stayed here at various points of time can be seen here.
An ancient sarpakavu - a place for worshipping snakes – is within the palace. The southern side of the palace houses a heritage garden with an indigenous collection of plants and trees. Archeological Garden, with collections from the Stone Age found from the outskirts of the town, is on the north-eastern part of the palace. Other highlights include a museum with interesting sections such as Bronze Gallery, Epigraphy Gallery, Numismatics Gallery and Megalithic Gallery.