The historical kayamkulam palace was the center of activity for the Kayamkulam king for several centuries. Adjacent to this palace where a township, several temples, places to train the kayakulam king's soldiers etc. Kayamkulam king ruled his tiny kingdom until he was defeated by King Marthanda Verma of Travancore. Verma tried several unsuccessful attempts to capture the kingdom, however, the powerful kayamulam King defeated them all. In the end, Verma used Ramayyan to find out the secret of the strength of Kayamkulam King and defeated him. Fearing death, Kayamkulam king fled to Mankuzhi (near Kattachira, five kilometers from Kayamkulam town toward east) where he took shelter in a temple. Exact records are unknown on the location. However, the temple is said to be Nilackal Bhagavathi Temple. He left his weapons and disappeared as a common man. Old sayings state that his lineage still survives around this old temple. Another theory suggests that he donated all his land to a Nair or Brahmin in Mankuzhi and then Verma's soldiers caught the king before beheading him....

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Courtesy :- virtualtourist

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Remaining's of Kayamkulam King's Palace

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Nilakkal Temple

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Nilakkal Temple pond

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Inside the serpent grove at Nilakkal temple there is a temple for king .Yearly pooja is conducted here.

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People around still lights this stone lamp situates where  the king's palace exits .

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Remaining's of architectural excellency 

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This is unique half cylindrical percussion instrument made as per the instruction of king .The instrument named as"Kidipidi". Which is a single sided instrument make "aramelam" ( Half percussion play).It cannot be found used any where else other than Ramapuram devi temple.

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Kamandalu - Dry shell of a unique seed found at Nilakkal Ashram , used as a water-pot with spout. It is said that the yogi who lived in this ashram earlier got this from the northern part of India and used this as his water vessel

.The kamandalu may be made of various materials, including metal, clay, wood and dry gourd. For making the gourd kamandalu, a ripe pumpkin is plucked and the inner plum and seeds are cleaned. This leaves only the outer shell, which is used as the kamandalu . This is interpreted on a spiritual level as the removal of ego from a person. The ripe pumpkin represents the person, seed being the ego. Cleaning the seed thus symbolizes removal of ego, forming a cleansed person fit to accept self-realization .

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Broken piece of stone writing found from Ramapuram temple compound while excavating the temple premises for renovation purpose. Since it was unable to decode, kept inside temple compound for further investigation of history. People around describes some part of the writings reads as "Kumaran made a well " however the piece of stone still waits for an authenticate read. 

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A divinely stone carved statue at Nilakkal grove