Sural Mud Palace in Udupi

It is a distinct palace of Tolha dynasty of 1511 AD, in terms of construction, ‘Vaastu’ and other aspects. It lies on a plot of one acre and dates back to the 15th century, and is completely built from the earth.

Suralu was the capital of the Tolaha dynasty and it is approximately 30 KM’s from Udupi city in Karnataka.

Suralu place has a blend of Vastu derived from Hindu – Jain cultural hierarchy. It also depicts the regional sculptures and Vaastu of that era. It was built using earth and timber. It’s a testimony for the skills of the ancient people as the structure has been built without a foundation except at the front portion.

The walls are built of clay and country tiles cover the roof-top while there are sculptures on doors, windowsills, pillars, and the ceiling. The only addition of a modern floor was done in the front portion of the palace during the reign of Koosammadevi Tolaharti in 1858. The palace has seven spacious blocks including a worship center called Jain basadi for Parshwant

These pictures were taken during my friend Naveen’s recent visit to Sural Rathosatava… We thought it is worth sharing such wonderful architecture still standing strong …!!

How to Reach

Mangalore Airport is the nearest airport. Udupi Railway Station is the nearest railway station. The Mud Palace is reachable by road from Udupi. Call Mangalore Taxi +91-9972722878 to visit Sural mud palace

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