Padmanabhapuram, Asia's largest wooden palace
Padmanabhapuram palace, a 16th century palace located in the state of Tamil Nadu, India is believed to be the largest wooden palace in Asia. The palace was the former residence of the rulers of the erstwhile princely state of Travancore. The Travancore kingdom comprised of the southern regions of Kerala and some parts of Tamil Nadu.
Distinguished for intricate rosewood carvings and sculptured décor, the palace is today a major tourist attraction. This is actually a palace complex with fourteen structures spread over an area of about six acres.
The 'Thaikkottaram' or the Queen Mother's palace is the oldest structure in the complex. The rose wood and teak carved ceilings of this palace has 90 different floral designs. 17th and 18th century murals, ancient paintings and idols are among the many attractions here. An archaeological museum is also located inside the complex. Though situated in the Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu, the palace complex is administered by the Government of Kerala.