The name 'Kuthiramalika’ means palace of horses and the museum houses 122 wooden horses that have been carved in such a way that they appear to be smiling. Known as the Kuthiramalika Palace Museum, it is a two storeyed structure that was built by Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma, who was the maharaja of the kingdom of Travancore at the time of the British rule. During this time, the spice trade between Kerala and other important international ports was thriving, allowing the maharaja to acquire items of great value, which are now preserved at Kuthiramalika. At present, the museum boasts sculptures made of white marble, Kathakali (dance form) figures, Belgian mirrors and paintings. Made from teakwood, rosewood, marble, and granite, it is a fine example of Kerala architecture. It remains closed on Mondays, so plan your visit accordingly. 

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