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Pandalam palace

Pandalam palace is the permanent home for the royal family of Pandalam. It is situated on the banks of river Achankovil. Although most of the original buildings have vanished by flood and fires, a few still remain which could be witnessed in the area among the newly constructed buildings.

There are two palace complexes at present. The first one is Valiyakoikkal Temple and the other the Kaipuzha Temple. The Valiya koikkal temple is situated on the left bank of Achenkoil river and the Kaipuzha temple is situated about one kilometer away from the first on the right bank.

It is believed that the Pandalam Kingdom was established around 903 AD by the Pandalam royal family who are the descendents of the Pandya kings of Madurai. The royal family of Pandalam belongs to the 'bhargava gothra'. Territories of the kingdom extended to over 1,000 square miles (2,600 km2) consisting of mountain ranges and forests.

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