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Trivandrum

Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram)

Trivandrum is a the capital city of 'God's Own Country' Kerala, it is the centre of culture, traditions, history and tourist delights. Witness cultural presentations, delicious dining,delicious dining,authentic traditional treatments of Ayurvedadelicious dining and a cherished holiday in the blessed environs.

Trivandrum city gets its name from the Malayalam word Thiru Anantha Puram, which means 'City of Lord Anantha'. It is a melting pot of cultures. In the early 4th century, the city used to trade spices and had trade connections with many countries.During the 17th centuryTrivandrum was the capital of Travancore kingdom. Apart from its native crowds, Portuguese, British colonials and Dutchhave inhabited the blessed city creating the environment of multi ethnicity.Travancore came within the Indian Territory, after independence.

The name of the city was changed to Trivandrum, during the British era. The government renamed the city to Thiruvananthapuram in 1991.The city has a thousands of years of varied legacy in the field of culture, art and architecture. The religious, cultural and historical hotspots make the city one of the must visit places in India.

Padmananbhaswamy Temple

Padmanabhaswamy temple is dedicated to Lord Padmanabha, a form of Lord Vishnu. The temple is one of the108 DivyaDesams in India. A royal family of Travancore handles the trust of the Hindu temple. The gods statue in the temple is in the posture of the 'Anantha-sayanam' (in the sleeping form of Yoga-nidra on the serpent Anantha). The architecture of this temple is a blend of Kerala and Tamil Nadu styles.

Vizhinjam Rock- Cut Cave

Vizhinjam rock-cut cave temple have exquisite rock- cut figures, which were sculpted in the 18th century.This granite cave is made up of a one-celled holy place that has a loose sculpture of Vinandhara Dakshinamurthi.On the outer wall of the cave, carvings of the Hindu Lord Shiva with his wife Goddess Parvathi are made.

Kuthiramalika (Puthenmalika) Palace Museum

Kuthiramalika or Puthenmalika palace was constructed by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma - the King of Travancore. It stands adjoining the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple at the East Fort in Trivandrum. This palace is a great example of the traditional Travancore style of architecture where exquisite wood is also used. The palace is now converted into a museumit consists ofpriceless collections of the royal family and royal paintings.

Padmanabhapuram Palace

Padamanabhapuram Palace is located at a distance of around 65 km from Trivandrum on the way to Kanyakumari is a majestic wooden palace. It was constructed during the 16th century, it was also the home of the Venad rulers. The government of Kerala takes care of the traditional home of the rulers of Travancore.Traditional Kerala wooden architecture is clearly shown in the architecture of the palace. Padamanabhapuram Palace was constructed around 1601 A.D by Iravi Varma Kulasekhara Perumal. Some of the exclusive features of this palace include curved shuttered windows, carved ceilings, intricate beamed roof,exotic murals, pagoda-style tile roof, sculpted door panels, exotic murals, and beautiful wall paintings.

Koyikkal Palace

Koyikkal Palace, was the official residence of the royal family of Venad. It was constructed during the 17th century.The double –storied palace is traditional Nalukettu (typical Kerala architecture) with inner courtyard and slanting gabled roofs. Today, the palace has 2 museums, exhibiting numismatics and precious specimens of folklore.The Folklore Museum displays the rich cultural heritage of Kerala including occupational instruments,folk art models, musical instruments,household utensils, other rare articles and more. The Numismatic museum contains a detailed collection of rare weights,ancient coinsand seals, badges and much more.

Zoological Park

Trivandrum Zoo is the first zoological parks in India. It is located in the heart of the city and is of the best designed ones in Asia. The zoo established in 1859, and it is spread over 55 acres of lawns, lakes and woodland. The zoo houses a reptile housewith various snake species. In the zoo premises there are boat houses and lake. The park is home to resident and migratory birds from Australia and Ethiopia and is resident to 75 mammal species. You can spot animals likelion-tailed macaque, Indian Rhino,niligiri langur, royal Bengal tiger, Zebra,Cape buffalo, Giraffe and so on.

Napier Museum

Napier Museum is one of the oldest museums in India. It was founded by the Maharaja of Travancore in 1855. The museum was designed by a popular English architect of the British India, Robert Fellows Chisholm (1840-1915). In 1874, the old building of the museum was demolished and a new building was constructed on its place, which was named after Lord Napier, the Governor of Madras presidency. This 120- year building with roof, unique ornamentation and gothic minarets is now a landmark in Trivandrum.

Shanmugham beach

The scenic appeal of the beaches in Trivandrum are extra ordinary. The Arabian Sea’s moving along with the Kovalam Beach is a delight to watch. It is a one of the peaceful holiday destinations of Kerala.The Shanmugham beachhas a Keralite version of the mermaid, the MatasyaKanyaka. Ayurvedic massages. Sunbathing, relaxing andand water-sports are some of the things which are not to be missed.

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