The Sakthan Thampuran Palace
The period of the rule of King Rama Varma Sakthan Thampuran of the Cochin dynasty between C.E. 1790 and 1805 is considered the Golden Era for the area and the noble king’s memory is kept alive by the Sakthan Thampuran Palace in Thrissur.
The architectural style of the Sakthan (shakthan) Palace is a blend of traditional Kerala architecture and that of the Dutch. It preserves some historical relics associated with the visit of Tipu Sultan, who once wielded enormous power as the ruler of Mysore.
The sacred serpent grove (sarpa kavu) connected with the palace is preserved. A garden that grows rare medicinal plants has been a later addition to the place. The State Archaeology department has also added a Bronze Gallery, Sculpture Gallery and a Numismatics Gallery to the palace, thereby adding to its tourist attraction.