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Natural History Museum Aranmula Temple Kuthiramalika Palace Museum Govt. Arts and Crafts Museum Nedumangad Palace
 
CVN Kalari Sangham  

Padmanabhapuram Palace

 
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Padmanabhapuram Palace is a magnificent wooden palace of the 16th century, located in Thuckalay, 64 km from Thiruvananthapuram. It is the old palace of the Rajas of the erstwhile Travancore (1550 to 1750 AD) and an excellent example of the indigenous architectural style of Kerala. The palace has antique interiors replete with intricate rosewood carvings and sculptured d‚cor adorned with 17th and 18th century murals.

The Padmanabhapuram Palace is the old headquarters of Travancore Royal family, is one of the most attractive palaces, which no tourist can't afford to miss. The palace is recorded as World's largest Wooden Palace, by Guinness Books of Records. It is entirely made of teak and rosewood and have an exquisite flooring made of granite and a rare ayurvedic mixture with secret extracts to keep the floor cool in summer season and warm during rainy season. It has a grand Dubar Hall made out of rosewood and glass. The Palace houses a numerous rare antiques, including 600 year old spice bed, a rare bed made out of a special wood treated in various spices, to rejuvenate the kings as well as sandal pillars. The clock tower is one of the oldest in South Asia, that is still working.


Thaikkottaram

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http://travel-kerala.com/images//marinedrive.jpgThaikkottaram is a resplendent affair with painted ceilings, rose wood and teak carved ceilings with over 90 different floral designs.

The Durbar Hall has a shiny black floor especially made with a combination of jaggery lime, egg white, burnt coconut, river and charcoal, secret underground passages, granite tubs to cool curd and buttermilk. hanging brass lanterns lit continuously since the 18th century, room for scribes and accountants, the King`s bedroom with a four poster medicinal bed, hanging cage through which eagles tore criminals to death, open air swimming bath, pooja (worship) rooms with jackfruit tree columns, fish carvings on the ceilings, enormous teak beams, Belgian mirrors and an outer cyclopean stone wall fitted together without mortar, granite dance hall, Goddess Saraswati (goddess of knowledge) temple, large earthen urns and room for scribes and accountants.

Nedumangad Palace

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http://travel-kerala.com/images/Crawford Market, Mumbai (Bombay )Nedumangad Palace also known as Koikkal Kottaram is an18th century palace situated about fourteen kilometers from Thiruvananthapuram at Nedumangad. It is on the way to the Ponmudi hill station and the Courtalam waterfalls. The palace today houses a folklore museum and a numismatic museum as well. The chief attractions here are the Palace, the numismatics museum and the folklore museum set up by the Department of Archaeology. Originally built for Umayamma Rani of the Venad royal family, the palace is a double storied traditional nalukettu with slanting gabled roofs and an inner courtyard.

Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple

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padmanabhaswamy-templeSri Padmanabhaswamy Temple is the icon of the city. The entire Thiruvanathapuram city was built around this temple. Its an architectural wonder and was nominated from India into last round of 7 Wonders of World. The building style is a mixture of Kerala and Tamil architecture. The temple has many structures inside, like musical pillars, golden mandap, 500 pillared corridor famous for its sculptures and large collection of temple mural paintings. The temple has a large clear pond called Padmatheertham, which is also landmark.

Aranmula Temple

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aranmula-templeAranmula Temple is located on the Thiruvananthapuram - Kottayam route. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. A major attraction here is the snake boat race held as part of the Uthrettathi festival in August/September. "Aranmula Kannadi" is a hand made mirror of polished for which Aranmula is famous. 

Attukal Bhagavathy Temple

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attukal-bhagavathy-templeAttukal Bhagavathy Temple is located at Attukal, 2 km away from the city. The temple is considered as the Sabrimala of the women and they form the major portion of the devotees here. The goddess is worshipped as the Supreme Mother here. Legend has it that Attukul Bhagvathy is the divinized form of Kannaki, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. The Pongala festival is celebrated here in the month of March as a ten day long celebration. Kuthiyottam performed by boys and Thalappoli by girls are two popular rituals made on the Pongal day. A large number of devotees throng the temple during the festival times. The Pongal ceremony is exclusively for women.

Govt. Arts and Crafts Museum

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govt-muesumFormally known as "Napier Museum" named after a former Madras Governer General, John Napier. It is a gem of architectural exuberance, combining traditional Kerala styles and good doses of Chinese and Mughal Influences.The museum is well stored with a huge collection of archeological and historical artifacts. Bronze idols, Stone Sculptures, wooden carvings, ornaments dating from 11th century to the 18th century can be seen here. The museum has a clock and it is said that the clock is 400 years old.

Natural History Museum

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natural-history-muesumThe Natural History Museum to the east of the government museum has a vast collection of replica of a typical Kerala Nair wooden house, naluketu, detailing the principles of its construction. The Kanakakunnu Palace where the royal family of Travancore once entertained their guests is adjacent to this complex, on the top of a hill.

Kuthiramalika Palace Museum

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kuthiramalika-palace-museumThis interesting museum located in Fort Area is housed in an 18th century palace, built by Raja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma, a statesman, poet, musician and social reformer. The museum displays a rare collection of various artifacts from the royal era, including a solid crystal throne given by the Dutch. A fine example of Kerala architecture this wooden palace has polished floors and a sloping tiled roof. The wood carvings are very much fascinating.

CVN Kalari Sangham

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vn-kalari-sanghamThis Training Centre for Kalaripayattu was established in 1956 to revive Kerala's martial arts tradition. Each morning, students gather at the gymnasium to perform a series of exercises that helps them develop the necessary combat skills. The centre also has a shrine dedicated to the deity of martial arts, Kalari Paradevata, and an Ayurvedic Clinic where students are given oil massages.

Kovalam

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kovalamThe most famous beach in Kerala, Kovalam located 16 kilometers from Thiruvananthapuram.Kovalam beach is known as the "Paradise of the South". "Kovalam" in local vernacular means a grove of coconut trees and true to its name the village offers an endless sight of coconut trees. Kovalam consists of three adjacent crescent beaches. The southernmost beach known as the Lighthouse beach is the most famous.