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ThiruvananthapuramThiruvananthapuram (or Trivandrum) is the capital of the southern Indian state of Kerala. It’s distinguished by its British colonial architecture and many art galleries. It’s also home to Kuthira Malika (or Puthen Malika) Palace, adorned with carved horses and displaying collections related to the Travancore royal family, whose regional capital was here from the 18th–20th centuries.

Napier MuseumA museum at Travancore was established in 1857 by the erstwhile Maharaja, Uthram Thirunal. It was one of the oldest in India. As the old building was not enough to display many more objects collected, it was pulled down and the present, Napier museum, was built and opened to the public in 1880 by Ayilyam Thirunal Maharaja. This museum is named after Lord Napier, the former Governor General of Madras, is situated in the Museum compound right in the heart of the Thiruvananthapuram city. This Architectural masterpiece was designed by Mr. Robert Chisholm, the consulting Architect of the Madras Government. This 135 year old structure is a landmark in the city with its unique ornamentation and architectural style with Gothic roof and minarets.

Kuthira Malika– The words Kuthira Malika means ‘mansion of horses’ and the uninitiated may think that the palace is a grand stable built to house horses. In reality, the building gets the name from the row of horses that are sculpted into the brackets that support the roof. The palace, also known as Puthen Malika Palace, is adjacent to the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram. It was built by Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma, the ruler of the former Kingdom of Travancore who was a social reformer and poet and musician. It was built in the traditional Kerala style in the 1840s, with pillared verandahs and overhanging eaves.

 

Kanakakkunnu PalaceAcross Southern Kerala, people sing praises of the architectural marvel that is the Kanakakkunnu Palace in Thiruvananthapuram. Located at the heart of the city, it plays a welcoming host to a multitude of cultural events, seminars and programmes. Its proximity to a number of important tourist sites, including the Napier Museum and Trivandrum Zoo, has made it an important part of the daily workings of the city. Once host to many an important gala, under the reign of the erstwhile ruler of Travancore Sree Moolam Thirunal, it is an integral part of city’s festivities and heritage to this day.

Kovalam Beach– breathtakingly beautiful – a haven of peace and tranquility – the idyllic tourist destination in God’s own country. Kovalam offers an excellent diversity with Kovalam beach to suit all desires and occasions. Three curve shaped beaches, alienated by stony outcroppings, from the major attraction of this coastal resort.

 Kowdiar Palace- There is no dearth of palaces in the state of Kerala. The princely state of Travancore had a close contact with the colonial rulers and to maintain their royal status and to entertain the visiting dignitaries, the rulers built palaces of beauty, elegance and simplicity. Simple in design and impressive, unlike the Mogul palaces or other Maharajahs’ palaces, they are not highly embellished. They took pride in following the Kerala style of architecture, thus retaining the Kerala tradition of building design. Most of them have wooden ornate pillars beams, etc besides regular kerala features. Wood was widely used as Kerala occupies much of Western Ghat mountains.