The foundation stone of this church was laid on 13th December, 1858 by members of the British army. The land was donated by the erstwhile rulers of the region. The church was consecrated on 15th November, 1859 and early services were in English to cater for the British people. Later in 1876, a Malayalam service was introduced for the local population. The church got its first Indian pastor in 1887.
The Kerala State Science and Technology Museum is located close to the Napier Museum. The exhibits relate to science, technology and electronics but are rather dated and not all that interesting. There's also a planetarium attached to the museum but I didn't visit this.
Open: 10am-5pm, closed Mondays. Admission: Rs15
The State Assembly is known as Niyama Sabha and is housed in the New Legislature Complex near Christ Church. This 10 storied complex is one of the largest complexes in India. The Central Hall is described as most elegant and majestic hall with ornamental Teakwood-Rosewood panelling.
This 19th century church, located near the Napier Museum, is made entirely of stone. It is dedicated to the London Missionary Society's missionary, Samuel Meteer, who contributed in the social and educational fields of Kerala. Built in typical Anglican design, this imposing stone structure has some fine arch glass windows with delicately carved borders. Other major attractions of this church are the huge bell tower and a large cross. Unfortunately it was closed when I visited.
The Kanakakunnu Palace is located near the Napier Museum. It was constructed during the reign of Sree Moolam Thirunal (r. 1885-1924). Later, His Highness Sree Chithira Tirunal modified the Palace and constructed tennis courts in the palace premises. This stunning piece of architectural excellence was used by the Travancore royal family to entertain their guests for such events as Royal banquets. The interior is decorated with large crystal chandeliers and exquisite pieces of royal furniture.
This amazing looking building is more interesting than the museum inside! It was built in 1880 and named after Lord Napier, the Governor of Madras from 1866-72, after the old museum building was demolished in 1874. The building is a landmark in the city with its unique ornamentation and architectural style with gothic roof and minarets.
The museum, itself, houses a rare collection of archaeological and historic artefacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings. It also contains the Sri Chitra Art Gallery, which contains works from Raja Ravi Varma and Nicholas Roerich, as well as examples of Mughal and Tanjore art.
Open: 10am-4.45pm Tue, Thur-Sun. 1-4.45pm Thur. Closed Mondays. Admission: Rs5.
This museum is located in the Zoo complex, near the Napier Museum. It has separate galleries for mammals, birds, lower vertebrates, invertebrates, separate room for index collections, skeleton gallery, an ethnographic collection, and a laboratory. There is also an outdoor exhibit of fossil tree trunks near the entrance plus a varied and rich collection of minerals and books presented by General Cullen in 1885.
Trivandrum Zoo, one of the oldest in the country, was established as an annexe to the Napier Museum in 1857 by the Maharaja of Travancore in order to attract more visitors. This Zoo was originally set up for recreational purpose only. Spread over in 55 acres (220,000 m2) of land located in the heart of the city, the Zoo has 75 different species of animals not only from India but also from abroad. It also has several species of animals and birds from Ethiopian and Australian regions. Animals include the Lion Tailed Macaque, Nilgiri Langur, Indian Rhino, Asiatic Lion, Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Giraffe, Hippo, Zebra, Deer and Cape Buffalo.
Open: 9am-5.15pm Tue-Sun. Admission: Rs10 plus Rs20 for camera.
This palace was built in the 1840s by Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma, the ruler of the princely state of Travancore. It is located near the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple and is a wonderful example of traditional Keralan architecture, with its typical sloping roofs, overhanging eaves, pillared verandahs and enclosed courtyards. Intricate carvings adorn the wooden ceilings with each room having a distinctive pattern. The palace is also known as Kuthira Malika (Mansion of Horses), taken from the 122 horses that are carved into the wooden wall brackets that support the southern roof.
The building was left unoccupied for more than a century, following the demise of Swathi Thirunal in 1846. However, part of the palace has been converted into a Palace Museum that houses some of the assets owned by the Travancore Royal Family. The collection includes Kathakali mannequins, Belgian mirrors, crystal chandeliers, paintings, armaments, musical instruments, traditional furniture and other artefacts.
Open: 8.30am-1pm & 3-5.30pm Tue-Sun. Admission: Rs20 plus Rs15 for camera.
Gandhi Park is a 5,000 sq m landscaped recreational area built around the Chalai-East Fort corridor, near the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple. The park features an exclusive senior citizens zone, playing area for children, pedestrian plaza, snack bar and pathway for jogging plus, of course, a statue of Gandhi.
This very ornately carved temple, dedicated to Lord Ganapathy, is located at East Fort. Deities of the Goddess Durga, Lord Ayyappa and Nagaraja are also found in the temple complex. Pazhavangadi Mahaganapathy idol is entirely different from other Ganesh idols, as the right leg is in folded posture.
This temple, an impressive land mark of the city is built in 16th centuray and later renovated by the Maharajh of Travancore in 1733. The 7 storey 'Gopuram" is an excellent example of Dravidian architecture.
Thiruvananthapuram meaning the city of anantha.Sri Padmnabha lies on puranic sacred serpent Anantha and he is the deity at the Padmanabha Temple. The temple is situated in he heart of the city ans is the main land mark of Thiruvanathapuram. This temple of of hoary antiquity and has many legends attached to it.Records included nearly 30 millions of palm leaf scrolls, inscriptions. King Marthandavarma deidicated himself and his possession to the deity and assumed the title Padmanabhadasa.
Dresscode for the pilgrim :-
Girls - skirt and blouse ,Ladies- Saree \ set mundu (no salvar suit , jeans etc..are allowed) and Gents - Mundum veshti.
India's most spectacular beach resort with boundless blue of the Arabian Sea and vast strectches of golden sands curves into and arc on one side and with never ending spread of coconut palm on the other side have made this, an internationally known famous beach resort. Facilities for traditional oil bathing and massages by kerala ayurvedic system and yoga centre are added attraction.
Kovalam Beach is just 16 kms away from Thiruvanathapuram and as known as the “Paradise of the South''.
The light house beach is the most popular beach which is the southern most beach among the three oat of the crescent shaped beach.Yoga centres,Ayurvedic Massage parlors and water sport facilities are the main attractions. Swimming and bathing were very refreshing and exhilarating in the waves.
Do stroll around these beatiful gardens in the heart of the city. It is home to the zoo, reptile house, museums, galleries etc.
The Napier museum as well as the Sri Chitra Art Gellery is to be found here. It is also a place where families come to spend time.
Sri Chitra Art Gallery is one of the many museums in the museum complex of the Zoological Gardens & Museums. The museum houses some very rare paintings and specializes in the paintings of Raja Ravi Verma.
I really did enjoy visiting this gallery.
Opening hours: 10 AM to 4:45 PM (except Mondays & Wednesdays)
1 PM to 4:45 PM (Mondays & Wednesdays)
Remove your shoes before entering
Photography is prohibited inside the gallery
A small entrance fee is charged