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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM-KERALA ARCHITECTURE

Thiruvananthapuram previously called Trivandrum is an ancient city with tradition dating back to 1000 BC. Thiruvananthapuram became the capital of Raja of Travancore in 1750. The city gets its name from the word, Thiru-anantha-puram, meaning the city of Anantha or the abode of the sacred Serpent Anantha on which Lord Vishnu. Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of the state of Kerala. It is a beautiful seaside city built on seven hills. Thiruvananthapuram is located on the west coast of India near the extreme south of the mainland. It spreads over a total of 2,192sq.km. Today the city has also emerged as an important tourist destination and commercial centre. 


About Thiruvananthapuram


The area of historical interest in the city is the Fort, the famous Shri Padmanabhaswamy Vishnu Temple, at the southern end of M.G.Road. The fort gateway leads to the temple, which is surprisingly enough, in the Dravidian style of architecture, typical of Tamil Nadu. The temple also enshrines, and dedicated, to the presiding deity of Thiruvananthapuram, Lord Vishnu. 

It is also famous 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. Maharaja of Travancore, in 1733 made this. The temple is open only to Hindus. The city derives its name from this temple, as the deity i.e. Lord Vishnu, is shown as reclining on his serpent, Anantha.

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

Kuthiramalika Palace Museum

Kuthiramalika Palace Museum also built by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma - the King of Travancore, who was a great poet, musician, social reformer and statesman. 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. However other places of interest are the zoological park , priyadarshini planetarium , observatory, shankhumugham beach & connemera market.

The Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden within the zoo, comprises specimens of almost every tropical tree existing. The Observatory, located on the highest point of the city, is one of the impressive architectural landmarks of Thiruvananthapuram. Kovalam 16 kms away this internationally renowned Beach Resort has been a favorite haunt of tourists since the 1930s. Kovalam consists of three adjacent crescent beaches. The Southernmost, known as the Lighthouse beach, is the most popular Kovalam offers accommodation options to suit all budgets.

Sree Chitra Art Gallery

Sree Chitra Art Gallery is Located near the Napier Museum. The art collection at the See Chitra Art Gallery, contains paintings of the Mughal, Tanjore and Rajput schools and a special section, devoted exclusively to the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma. There are, also, works of art from China, Bali, Tibet and Japan. The Zoological Gardens are, said to be, among the most well-planned zoos in Asia.

The Museum, Zoo

The Museum, Zoo, and the park they are also located are in, are quite popular with the local people and Kerala tourists The Napier Museum was Built in the 19th century, the indo - saracenic structure boasts a "natural" Airconditioning system and houses a rare collection of archaeological and historic artifacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings. The use of plaxtic banned in the museum premises.

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