Thiruvananthapuram: With Onam round the bend, the Kanakakkunnu palace in the capital city is all set to restore its lost charm. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will officially unveil the first phase of a rejuvenated Kanakakkunnu palace for the public on 25th August, the day on which Onam celebrations would begin in the city.
A number of new components are being installed in and around the palace to meet the demands of increasing visitors without disturbing the legacy of this heritage spot situated at the heart of Thiruvananthapuram city.
The first phase of the project which got completed in three months, includes an attractive 12-feet wide stoned stair and a similar pathway stretching along a length of 1.25 km leading to the palace, which is adorned with granite benches and a variety of flora, a reincarnation of original pathway made here before 50 years.
New lighting arrangements and sprinkler irrigation facility, also part of the initial phase, is being mounted to maintain the lush green and royal ambience of the place.
The renovation project, initially conceived for a sum of Rs 3 crore, received a shot in the arm after an additional Rs 2 crore was allocated by the Tourism ministry. “The new fund allocation enabled us to continue the renovation program effectively and incorporate more amenities at Kanakakunnu. Almost 100 truckload of earth were deposited for leveling works at Kanakakkunnu and surroundings,” said P I Sheik Pareeth, Director, Kerala Tourism.
Thanks to the additional funds received, the Nishagandhi auditorium is also getting a face lift with new interlocking tiles being paved for longer endurance and two toilets are under construction exclusively for ladies. “We are also planning to increase the lighting arrangements around Nishagandhi and widen the road leading to the auditorium from 3.5 meters to 5 meters for easy flow of traffic during public functions,” added Pareeth.
Further, a family park is also in progress behind the palace where people can enjoy a peaceful evening away from the hustle and bustle of city life. A semi circle pathway is under construction with more seating arrangements and lighting facilities, considering the privacy of families.