Built in 1635 by the King Thirumalai Nayak, it is a master piece combining Dravidian and foreign architectural styles with elan. For the history lovers and those with a taste for the rich culture, this place leaves them in awe. The light and sound shows held in the evening make for a doubly alluring experience. It is believed that the king roped in an Italian architect to design the palace. Beautiful paintings and sculptures adorn the interior of the palace.
The paintings on the roof have a special appeal. Majestic pillars, the massive central courtyard and dancing hall are sure to leave you spell bound. The palace has two sections; Swarga vilasam and Ranga vilasam. Marvel at the regal residences, ponds,gardens and the like. The decorated throne of Nayak king is still preserved here. Huge circular shaped columns, stone ribs, and a gallery are some of the finest features of this palace.
The sheer strength of this palace is evident from the historical ravages this palace had endured over centuries. This is now being protected by the Archaeological department.