Thirumalai Nayak Palace is one of the oldest palace of the country. King Thirumalai Nayak, a popular king of the Nayak dynasty, built this palace during the 17th century, in the year 1636 AD. Thirumalai Nayak, who ruled Madurai between 1623-59, built the Mahal mixing both Rajput and Dravidian style of Architecture.
Even to this day, this palace is one of the best spots of Tourism in Madurai though the actual Mahal was four times larger than what is now. The palace was the place where Nayak kings used to reside.
The place holds such a great significance. It is located at about 2kms from the great Meenakshi Temple.
Thirumalai Nayak has said to have bought architects from Italy in order to get the palace constructed.