Must see attractions in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

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    Museum of History & Heritage

    Occupying a handsome 120-year-old heritage building within the Kerala Tourism complex, this intelligently presented museum traces Kerala's history and…

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    Napier Museum

    Housed in an 1880 wooden building designed by Robert Chisholm (a British architect whose Fair Isle–style version of the Keralite vernacular shows his…

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    Puthe Maliga Palace Museum

    Overlooking the Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple tank, the opulent 18th-century palace of the Travancore maharajas is a classically Keralan world of…

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    Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple

    Trivandrum’s spiritual heart is this 18th-century temple (closed to non-Hindus) in the Fort area, which fuses Keralan and Dravidian architecture and whose…

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    Shri Chitra Art Gallery

    Within the grounds of Trivandrum's zoo, this gallery displays paintings by the Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools, and portraits by renowned Keralite…

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    Zoological Gardens

    Yann Martel famously based the animals in his novel Life of Pi on those he observed in Trivandrum’s Zoological Gardens. Shaded paths meander through…

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    Natural History Museum

    In Trivandrum's Zoological Gardens complex (but not inside the zoo itself), the Natural History Museum contains hundreds of stuffed animals and birds and…

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    St Joseph's Cathedral

    One of Trivandrum's major churches, the Roman Catholic St Joseph's is a whitewashed neo-Gothic creation from 1873, topped by a soaring bell tower added in…

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    Kanakakunnu Palace

    Built for the royal family of Travancore, this early-20th-century palace is now mostly a venue for cultural events and performances.

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    Christ Church

    Towards the north end of MG Rd stands this fine neo-Gothic Anglican church, notable for its stained glass and 19th-century tombs.

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    State Central Library

    A red-brick neo-Gothic construction, built in 1900 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

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    Mateer Memorial Church

    A graceful landmark church, 450m west of Trivandrum's Zoological Gardens, dating from 1906.

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    The brilliantly white neoclassical Secretariat building was founded in 1939.