Let’s travel to a forest , inside a palace at the foot of the highest peak in Kodagu , where we rewind back to 1792 , shall we ?
Nothing palatial about this one , you might think , until you see remnants of its massive door , until you enter its complex and see the once ornate marriage Mandapam ( see in pic 1 right corner )
Come in , will you ? Look at those pillars now wearing a fading shade of maroon ( pic 2 ) , they have seen more years than most of the homes we live in ever will , they have stories of the last king of the Haleri dynasty who took refuge here , they saw the queen going about with her entourage . Look at that ceiling ( pic 3 ) , do those colours speak to you ?
There , a snake on the wooden ceiling ( pic 4 ), a symbol of fear , a warning to the enemies who might discover the palace , look at the little window with multiple openings ( pic5)to attack the approaching enemy and a stairway ( pic 6 ) to the cells beneath , a secret hiding place for the king and Queen !
Finally , look at the fading murals ( pics 7 and 8 ) , imagine the grandeur of these when they were done , imagine the skill and material used for them to survive despite damp walls and lack of care .
This is my second visit to this gem . There’s a school which shares the boundary wall with this palace . We had to pass through it to enter this time . No approach road , so a good walk does the trick . The care taker informs us that restoration is in the offing next year when the road construction is complete . I hope he is right .
This is a gem in Coorg , it’s a tale out of Kodagu history . Some places work like time machines ! #coorg #coorgdiaries#coorgtrip #palace #nalknadpalace #forest #travel #travelphotography #travelgram #traveling #travelholic #travelindia#travelindiagram#travelindiadiaries #karnataka#karnatakatourism #india #indiantraveller #offbeattravel #offbeatindia #history#architecture