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Thiruvananthapuram is the state capital of kerala which is 16 Km away from Kovalam . It is traditionally oldest city with a dating back to 1000 B.C. Thiruvananthapuram literally means "City of Lord Anantha" in Malayalam.
As the state capital it holds all attractions such as the most enchanting picnic spots, a long shoreline, with internationally renowned beaches, historic monuments, backwater stretches and a rich cultural heritage make this district a much internationally tourist destinations.
It is the largest city in Kerala and is also very well connected by road, rail and air.
Padmanabha Swamy Temple
The temple is located near East Fort is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, & the temple is a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture. It is known for its Mural Paintings and Stone Carvings. One among the 108 sacred Vishnu Temples in India, the presiding deity in here is Lord Vishnu reclining on anantha the serpent.
This temple holds a special place for the Travancore Royal Family. This temple is also said to be the ‘World’s Richest Temples’, as it holds a large amount of treasures, some of which are still hidden. The devotees do not see the Lord’s idol as a whole but in three parts, owing to the length of the reclining idol.
Kuthiramalika Palace Museum
The Kuthiramalika Palace or the Mansion of Horses was built by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma - the King of Travancore, who was a great poet, musician, social reformer and statesman. The palace gets its name from the 122 horses which are carved into the wooden brackets that support the Southern roof. This palace lies on the south eastern side of the Padmanabhaswamy temple.
This rare specimen of workmanship in the traditional Travancore style of architecture also has exquisite wood carvings. The palace museum displays paintings and various priceless collections of the royal family. The palace’s courtyard acts as a venue for the yearly Swathi Sangeethotsavam.
The Napier Museum
Built in the 19th century, the Indo - Saracenic structure boasts a "natural" air - conditioning system and houses a rare collection of archaeological and historic artifacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings.
This museum is named after the former Governor General of Madras, Lord Naiper. It was constructed and was opened in the year 1880. inside the museum premises, the Zoological Garden and the Sri Chitra Art Gallery is located.
The museum is open from 10 am to 16:45 pm on all days expect on Mondays and Wednesday forenoon. It also remains closed on the days of January 26, August 15, Thiruvonam and Mahanavami days.
Sree Chitra Art Gallery
Located near the Napier Museum, this art gallery was established in the year 1935. it was opened by Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, the then Maharaja of Travancore.This are gallery displays select paintings of Raja Ravi Varma and Nicholas Roerich. Many of the original Raja Ravi Varma paintings like Shakuntala, Hamsa Damayanthi are put on display here. It also has on display the paintings of Bengal School, Contemporary, Murala, Bali Arts, Tanjore, Mughal, Rajastani and many more.
It remains open from 10 am to 16:45 pm on all days expect on Mondays and Wednesday forenoon.
The Zoological Park
The Zoological Park or the Trivandrum Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the country of India. That is why the Zoological Park in Trivandrum is so popular among the tourists. Thousands of tourists from various corners of the world come to visit the city of Trivandrum just for the Zoological Park at Trivandrum. The park is rightfully located in a beautiful botanical garden in the heart of the Trivandrum city.
It is home to as many as 82 species of animals like lion tailed macaque, Nilgiri Langur, Indian Rhinoceros, Asiatic lion and so on. It also has many birds and reptiles, making it a must visit place for all animal and bird lovers.
The Priyadarshini Planetarium is situated within the Kerala State Science and Technology Museum premises in Thiruvananthapuram. It is one of the most sophisticated and versatile planetariums in India. It was opened to public in the year 1994.
The marvellous planetarium complex has a centrally air-conditioned sky theatre, conference hall, workshops and a sound-studio. The GM-11 star field projector is the star attraction here. It can project many of the constituents of the visible universe. It can also stimulate the starry night sky over any location on Earth, of the past present or even future.