10 Historical monuments and landmarks in Trivandrum
Known as the ‘Evergreen City of India’, Thiruvananthapuram aka Trivandrum is the capital of the state of Kerala. Comprising beautiful beaches, long stretches of palm-fringed shorelines, windy backwaters, and historical structures, Trivandrum is one of the must-visit destinations classified by National Geographic Traveller.
Famous for its long and rich history as a flourishing trade center and the capital of a royal kingdom, Trivandrum city is copious with several remnants of the past in the form of palaces, temples, and monuments.
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Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
The most important remnant of the past and a significant landmark of Trivandrum City is undoubtedly the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple built by King Marthanda Varma of the Travancore Royal Family in 1745.
Dedicated to Lord Vishnu it is one of the oldest, most popular, and wealthiest temples in India. This is one of the main landmarks in Trivandrum.
Located at the very heart of Trivandrum city is another main attraction popular for its magnificent architecture – the Napier Museum.
Named after Mr. John Napier, the former Governor General of Madras, who inaugurated the new building, the Indo-Saracenic establishment houses a rare collection of archaeological and historical artifacts, ivory carvings, ancient coins, and ornaments.
Dipped in the heritage of a bygone era, the Kanakakkunnu Palace blends cultural splendor and human creativity in order to exist as a living representation of the Kerala-Gothic style of the Victorian era.
Considered to be constructed by Sree Moolam Thirunal, a ruling Maharaj of Travancore back in 1885, the palace was used for the purpose of entertaining the guests and serving them non-vegetarian food.
Kuthiramalika – the palace of horses is known so because of the 122 smiling wooden horses that are carved into the wooden wall brackets of the mansion.
Built by Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma the Maharaja of the Kingdom of Travancore in the 1840s, it is a two-storeyed palace popular for its architectural excellence, intricate carvings, and majestic pillars.
Koyikkal Palace located in Nedumangad, Thiruvananthapuram is a living symbol of the extravagance of traditional architecture which prevailed in Kerala during the Seventeenth century.
It is a double-story palace built in the conventional Nalukettu architectural style of Kerala for Umayamma Rani, the regent of the Venad Royal family between 1677 and 1684. It currently hosts a Folklore and Numismatics Museum with a rich antique collection.
Kilimanoor Palace is the birthplace of one of the finest artists of Kerala, Raja Ravi Varma – whose paintings have received global recognition and appreciation.
Considered to be about 300 years old, the Palace is spread over 15 acres of land comprising the traditional residential structures of Kerala such as the Naluketty, ponds, wells, and sacred groves.
Mainly made up of wood and granite, this masterpiece of traditional Kerala architecture is considered to be the largest wooden palace in Asia.
Stretching across an area of around 6 acres, the palace is popular for its intricate wooden carvings, 17th and 18th-century mural arts, mahogany musical bow, sprawling corridors, royal chairs with carvings, structures, and sculptures.
Vizhinjam Rock-cut Temple
Vizhinjam Rock-cut Temple is one of the oldest rock-cut temples in Kerala, believed to have been constructed by the Ay dynasty rulers in the 8th century AD.
Located at the seaside hamlet of Vizhinjam, the rock-cut sculptures house the one-celled shrine of Vinandhara Dakhinamurthi and an outer wall depicting the unfinished statue of Lord Shiva and Parvati.
Anjengo or Anjuthengu was a small stretch of land located on the outskirts of Varkala with five coconut trees at the time signifying the naming of the fort.
Chronicled in history as the location of the first trade settlement of East India Company in Kerala, today the fort provides its visitors with architectural marvels in a picturesque setting.
Keralam Museum of History & Heritage
Keralam Museum of History & Heritage is the state’s first thematic interactive museum. A joint venture of the Department of Tourism and Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala, the museum has a wide range of collections showcasing the journey of the state from pre-historic times to modern times.
Narrative descriptions, multimedia systems, touch-screen kiosks, etc ensure a worthwhile infotainment experience for the visitors. These are the main important landmarks in Trivandrum.
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