Built by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal, the ruler of Travancore, in the 1840s on the south-eastern side of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kuthiramalika is a cultural asset and symbolises the rich heritage of Trivandrum. The King is believed to have composed many of his famous kritis and spent his last days here. Come January every year, the city welcomes the evenings with the 25-year-old Swathi Sangeetholsavam, where hundreds of music buffs listen to music stalwarts from all over India.
A marvellous piece of architecture built in the 19th Century, Napier Museum is a landmark and a popular tourist spot. Built in Indo-Saracenic style with Gothic roofs and minarets, it houses a vast collection of ancient artifacts, archaeological objects, bronze idols, ivory carvings, and other exhibits. The museum is named after Lord Napier, the Governor of Madras, who established it in 1855. Visitors can enjoy a tour of the museum and explore the rich history of the region.
Known as the Nalanda of the South, Kanthaloor Sala taught 64 branches of knowledge, including the Charvaka religion (Atheism) which was considered a taboo in Nalanda. Kanthaloor Sala is believed to have been situated on the premises of the present-day Valiyasala Mahadeva Temple located in the heart of the present Trivandrum city. The inscriptions at the temple bear evidence of the antiquity of this 1000-year-old university and are a testament to skill and creativity.
Known for its exquisite kasavu mundu (dhoti) and sarees, the legacy of Balaramapuram handloom is at least 200 years old. Maharaja of Travancore brought weavers from Tamil Nadu to establish this weaver’s village. Balaramapuram handloom has a rich heritage value due to its intricate weaving techniques which are unique and is renowned for its intricate designs and durability. Gold zari or kasavu has its fan base and has travelled beyond the borders of Kerala.
Puthentheruvu, a historic settlement in the Fort area of Trivandrum is perhaps most well-known for its Agraharam – a Brahmin neighborhood that consists of row houses on either side of the road. It dates back to the 18th century and was home to families who served as priests in the nearby temples, including Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. The street retains its traditional style, and reflects the culture and history, making it a must-visit for tourists and locals alike.
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is an archaeological marvel and a symbol of India’s cultural and spiritual legacy. With a history that spans more than a thousand years, its intricate craftsmanship and architectural brilliance demonstrate the skill and passion of the artisans and architects of the past. A fusion of Dravidian and Chera-style architecture makes the temple a wonder. Its underground vaults house a vast collection of gold, silver, precious stones, and other valuable artifacts worth billions.
Trivandrum, the capital city of Kerala, boasts a rich heritage that dates back to the 8th Century. Trivandrum was a major center of trade and commerce during the medieval period and was ruled by the Chera, Chola, and Pandya dynasties. The region has been influenced by various cultures over the centuries, including Dravidian, Indo-Aryan, and Arab. Numerous heritage sites that stand tall even today, unfold the history of this stupendous land, its beauty, and majestic grandeur. Some of those places have been aesthetically repurposed for cultural events that enhance the vintage surroundings of the venue.
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