Sree Chithra Art Gallery, Thiruvananthapuram
(Open 1000 - 1645 hrs. Closed on Mondays & Wednesday forenoons)
Located near the Napier Museum, this art gallery displays select paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlova and Nicholas Roerich and exquisite works from the Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools of art in India. The collection also includes paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali.
About 15km from the capital city and 1km from Kovalam is the small fishing village of Vizhinjam, once the capital of a kingdom during the period 8th-9th century AD. The only historical monument that withstood the ravage of time is a rock temple, assigned to the period to Cheras. The temple has a strong influence of Pallava and Chola style of temple architecture. It is a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India.
Located about 60km from Thiruvananthapuram is Ponmudi, a small hill resort that is ideal for pleasant day trips and overnight stays. Accommodation could be arranged at the Government Guest House or other hotels.
Padmanabhapuram Palace
Located 54km from Thiruvananthapuram on the way to Nagercoil, Padmanabhapuram was the capital of erstwhile the rulers of Travancore for more than 400 years. The Padmanabhpuram Palace, now is a territory under Kerala government in neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. The palace was built with local teakwood and granite. The oldest structures date back to the 16th century. The palace has rosewood ceilings carved in floral patterns, highly polished flooring with a special mix of locally made grout. The architecture is exquisite and the 18th century murals in the palace are well preserved. The banquet halls, audience chamber, women's quarters and galleries make a visit to the palace worthwhile.
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