Today's exploration includes Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, the Kuthiramalika Palace, Napier Museum, and The Keralam.
Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, an ancient monument mentioned in Hindu scriptures, has a history dating back thousands of years. While documenting a structure older than the modern calendar is challenging, consistent historical evidence traces the temple's story from 1050 AD. The present-day structure took shape under the rule of Marthanda Verma, the king of Travancore, in 1730 AD. The city was dedicated to Lord Padmanabh (Lord Vishnu), giving rise to the name Thiruvananthapuram. The temple's majestic architecture is a fusion of Dravidian and Kerala styles. While foreign nationals (non-Hindus) are not allowed inside, you can appreciate the temple's beauty from the outside.
The Kuthiramalika Palace, a two-storey modest structure near Sri Padmanabhswamy Palace, was built in 1840 AD by Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma, the king of Travancore. Featuring traditional Travancore architectural style with exquisite wood carvings, the palace museum displays paintings and artefacts associated with the royal family.
The Napier Museum, a captivating cultural treasure built in the 19th century, showcases a blend of Indo-Saracenic and Gothic styles. Named after the former Madras Governor General, Lord Napier, it houses an impressive collection of historical artefacts, ancient ornaments, and traditional Kerala art.
The Keralam Museum offers a fascinating journey through the state's history, art, and traditions. Thematic displays celebrate the state's rituals, festivals, and everyday life, creating an immersive experience for visitors eager to delve into Kerala's rich tapestry of customs and traditions. Return to the hotel in Kovalam for dinner and an overnight stay.