Trivandrum

Being the State capital and originally known as Thiruvananthapuram is considered to be the Holy City of Anantha offering the tourist the colonial mansions, churches and modern high rises. Napier Museum, built in a red and black brick Indo – Saracenic structure was designed by Robert Fellows and remains a good attractions which showcases the rare collections of Bronze stone sculptures, ivory carvings, exquisite gold ornaments used during the period of Travancore. Located near to it will be Shri Chitra Art Gallery which has the collections of Raja Raja Varma and Raja Ravi Varma housed a beautiful building. Kanakakunnu Palace was once the place where the royal Travancore family entertained their important guest. Located within the fort complex would be the Anantha Padmanabhaswamy temple having Gopuras similar to the Tamil tradition, with a courtyard having 324 columns and two granite pillars with some embellishments in it. Next would be the Kuthiramalika Palace Museum belonging to the 18th century built by Raja Swathi Thirunal Varma and remains a fine example of Kerala architecture and wood carvings. 30 minutes of drive from Trivandrum, would be Kovalam, a sleepy fishing village with narrow lanes wide courtyards for drying fish. Tourist looking for relaxation can plan a visit to Kovalam.

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