Palaces of Other Nobles in Hyderabad
Interestingly, the palaces described
so far were purely European in character while some
had only the ancillary buildings in late Mughal style
or a combination of European and Mughal features.
Malawala Palace is one of the few surviving wooden
palaces of Hyderabad built in late Mughal and Rajasthani
style. The ancestor of this family, Sagar Mall had
accompanied the first Nizam to Hyderabad in 1724.
Sagar Mall became custodian of the revenue (Mall)
records of the state. This function was passed down
to his descendants hereditarily. Thus the family acquired
the name Malwala.
Malwala Palace is located along the
road leading towards east from Charminar. The complex
had three components: the double storeyed large residential
quarters arranged around several smaller courtyards
and vernacular overhanging wooden balconies at first
floor level facing the street; the road side block
with a double height semicircular gateway flanked
by a pedimented side wing with Corinthian columns
in European style enclosing a smaller and outer courtyard,
and finally the grand inner court with a fountain
in the centre surrounded by wooden pavilions on two
sides and overhanging wooden balconies with intricate
carvings and supported by ornate wooden brackets on
the other two sides.
This inner court is accessed by another
arched gateway on which at first floor a Naubat Khana
is located. The southern pavilion facing the entrance
has a grand facade of seven cusped Mughal arches in
carved and lacquered wood approached by wide flight
of stairs. This leads to a double height hall that
has rooms overlooking it from the first floor. A flight
of wooden steps links this first floor with the ground.
These two pavilions and the courtyard were used for
family gatherings and for entertaining guests during
special occasions. Malwala Palace is unique in its
extensive use of woodwork and as specimen of a typical
Hyderabad courtyard house. This is also one of the
important palaces belonging to Hyderabad’s erstwhile