It seems there are 2 big buildings inside the campus and we will first look at the one that is visible from the road.
Front view :
All the doors of the palace were locked and we had to go through the opening in this door.
The room :
Remains of a college that must have been functioning in this place.
The highlights of this palace was the decorative windows and the pillars. We will have a look at some of the windows.
Wooden Pillars :
The Wooden pillars were out of place in this palace since these were the only place where there was wooden pillars.
Ceiling Decorations :
There was a single specimen of this owl. I still dont know whether this was a a real bird or a sculpture.
Stair Case inside the palace
The outside of the palace read that a Veterinary hospital had been functioning out of this palace. Hmmm... People have abused this palace as much as they can.
Since the agriculture department is functioning now, I think they have developed a garden.
Water Fountain :
This must have been a water fountain.
Second Aranmanai :
This is the second building inside the campus.
The highlight of the palace was the pillars, window decorations and the paintings on the ceilings.
To my untrained eyes, even this glass looks to be a work of art.
Some Motto :
Finally the palace is a work of art and must have been beautiful in its time, but now is in ruins.
It is a very good candidate for the TTDC to take over and make it a tourist spot like Nayakkar Mahal in Madurai.
Monday, November 24, 2008
People : Mega,Arivoli,Srini,Dhamu,Balaji
Just to recap, I had gone to Vellore to attend my friend Raju's Wedding and had visited Kottaimalai near padavedu.
And after we returned from Kottaimalai and thinking about the plan for the next day, after the marriage gets over, people suggested a worn down,unused,not taken care of Palace in the nearby village.
"uncared for, Worn down" were words that I liked and hence we decided to go the palace.
I have never been to a Chettinadu Palace and it quickly occurred to me that this could be one like it.
Thanks to Vinnoli for finding this place.
The way to the Palace was devoid of any habitation but the roads were Very good.
There were Iron Pillars from Glasgow,England.
The steps,Pillars and all the Walls were of high quality finish , that is not achievable nowadays and the Civil Engineers amongst us was quick to say that the high quality finish
was possible due to the addition of lime mortar and that practices has completely stopped now. He also said Infosys is one client who requests such finishes.
The Walls were pasted with floral designs, which I believe were Paper. But its tough to decide by looking at it now.
The Outer walls were also of high quality due to the high quality bricks that seem to have been used. Each brick was in perfect shape.
Once inside our task was to identify the prupose of each room. This one was a easy one and its fireplace. :-)
I am not sure about the below one , but this one looks to be a Royal Emblem of sorts.