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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 culture through superb static and multimedia displays....

Top ChoiceMuseum in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

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 enthusiasm for local craft), this museum holds an eclectic...

Museum in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

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 beautifully carved wooden ceilings, tiled roofs, marble sculptures...

Hindu Temple in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

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 origins go back to at least the 8th century. The main...

Gallery in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

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 artist Ravi Varma (1848–1906) in the European style.

Zoo in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

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 woodland, lakes and native forest, where tigers, macaques,...

Museum in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

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 a fine skeleton collection. It was closed for renovations...

Church in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

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 the 1920s.

Palace in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Kanakakunnu Palace

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

Church in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

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.

Library in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

State Central Library

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

Historic Building in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)


The brilliantly white neoclassical Secretariat building was founded in 1939.