Napier Museum

Top choice in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

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 display of bronzes, Buddhist sculptures, temple carts, ivory carvings and a wood-carved model of Kerala's famous Guruvayur temple. The architectural style fuses neo-Gothic and Keralan elements, and the carnivalesque interior is worth a look in its own right.

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Nearby Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) attractions

2. Shri Chitra Art Gallery

0.09 MILES

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

3. 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…

4. Museum of History & Heritage

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

5. Zoological Gardens

0.12 MILES

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…

6. Mateer Memorial Church

0.19 MILES

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

7. Kanakakunnu Palace

0.24 MILES

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

8. State Central Library


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