Built on seven low hills and cleansed by ocean breezes, Kerala’s capital is surprisingly calm and pleasant. Trivandrum’s few sights and quiet lanes outside the town center make it an enjoyable place to spend a day.
The handsome Padmanabhaswamy Temple, dedicated to Vishnu, has a seven-story gopuram (entrance tower). The date of its original construction has been placed at 3000 BC; legend has it that it was built by 4000 masons, 6000 labourers, and 100 elephants, over the course of six months. In the main courtyard there’s intricate granite sculpture, supplemented by more stonework on the nearly 400 pillars supporting the temple corridors. The complex is technically open only to Hindus and keeps erratic hours, so call ahead to be assured of at least a glimpse.
The 18th-century Kuthiramalika (Puthenmalika) Palace Museum, or Horse Palace, has carved rosewood ceilings and treasures of the royal family, including and ivory throne, weapons, paintings, and gifts from foreign dignitaries. Lifesize Kathakali figures stand in the dance room. Carved horses for which the palace is named line the eaves of an inner courtyard. Only one-third of the enormous compound is open to visitors; the entrance fee includes a knowledgeable guide, who will politely demand a hefty tip at the end of the tour; Also note that you must remove your shoes upon entering.
In an 80 acre park at the north end of M.G.Road are the many attractions of the Museum and Art Gallery Complex. Buy your ticket at the Natural History Museum, a musty collection of animal skeletons, dioramas, and stuffed birds. Head straight to the second floor to see an interesting model of a traditional nalukettu home (the traditional home of the Nairs, the warrior clan), complete with costumed figurines and a full explanations. The art museum’s collection of local arts and crafts-including bronze and stone sculptures and musical unstrumsents-is as noteworthy as the building itself, with its Cubist pattern of gables and its decorative interior. Memorabilia donated by the royal family, including a golden chariot used by the Maharaja of Travancore, is displayed in the tiny Sree Chithra Enclave. On the opposite side of the park, the Sree Chitra Art Gallery has an eclectic collection of paintings, including works of the Rajput, Mogul, and Tanjore schools ; copies of the Ajanta and Sigirya frescoes; and works from China, Japan, Tibet, and Bali, along with canvases by modern Indian painters.
Driving directions - Cochin to Trivandrum
Road Way : 210Km | Aprox. time- 5 hrs