Kanakakunnu all set for Rs 3.05 crore makeover!

The renovation work will be completed by the first week of August and will be open to the public before Onam.

Kanakakunnu Palace Grounds, one of the major public spaces in Trivandrum is all set for a major makeover at an estimated cost of Rs 3.05 crore.

The project is aimed at recapturing the glory, legacy and beauty of the palace.

State Tourism Department has prepared a project in this regard and the renovation work is being entrusted to the Kerala Land Development Corporation (KLDC). The Nishagandhi auditorium, in the Kanakakunnu palace premises, which hosts a variety of cultural programmes, including movie screenings, will also be renovated simultaneously.

Artistic version of the renovated Kanakakunnu Palace Grounds

Artistic version of the renovated Kanakakunnu Palace Grounds

The renovation will be carried out while protecting traditional and archaeological character of the palace as well as in a nature-friendly manner.  Even the surroundings of the palace and the hill will be kept intact and merged with the architecture of the palace. The objective is to convert Kanakakunnu into a favourite spot for families to take a break from their daily routines and to relax in the evenings.

The objective is to convert Kanakakunnu into a favourite spot for families to relax in the evenings.

The project comprises renovating the Kanakakunnu garden, setting up lights, constructing lawns to showcase its natural beauty, planting trees, widening the parking area, constructing the age-old stone steps (kalpadavukkal) from the entrance to the palace, royal gates and putting up new direction boards. The project also includes widening of walkway around the palace for the public.

The renovation work will be completed by the first week of August and will be open to the public before Onam.

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