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Old 13th December 2016, 21:25   #1
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Default A day well spent in Thiruvananthapuram

The capital city of Kerala also called the "Ananthapuri".. is the abode of Lord Sri Padmanabha. It is also home to the Travancore Kings and their palaces. Had a chance to visit this beautiful city and explore some of its surroundings for a day. So thought of sharing the experience with you guys.

The day began with appam and 'Thakkalikkari' which is tomato curry. Soft crispy appams was appetising enough to start the hectic day.

Started from Vattiyoorkavu and the first pitstop was Swathi Thirunal Palace also called "Kuthira Maalika" literally meaning Horse Palace. The name comes from nearly 122 wooden horses adorning the palace walls.

Photography is prohibited inside the palace. But you can take photos outside by taking a camera ticket at the counter. Now the palace in pictures.

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The horses

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View of Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple Gopuram from the palace compound.

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King Swathi Thirunal used to sit in his music hall inside the palace and view the Lord while composing many of his famous Keerthanams. This was the place from where he used to worship lord Sri Padmanabha.

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The "Kilivaathil".

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These small windows can be found all around the palace. In olden days the queens were not allowed to go outside the palace and they used to watch "Kalaripayattu", the traditional martial arts of Kerala and other festivities through these small windows.

The Verandah

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Look at the quality of the flooring. Made up of the traditional surki mix consisting of lime stone and charcoal. The entire palace has this type of flooring and it remains cool even in the hottest of summer months.

Beauty of traditional Kerala architecture. The nritha mandapam.

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Took the guided tour of the palace interior and the museum. The grandeur of the palace and the history of the kingdom is worth admiring.

After spending nearly 1.5 hours in the palace, it was lunch time. Had some Chicken Biryani from the trademark Indian Coffee House at Palayam and proceeded to the zoo.
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Continued....

It was a hot afternoon. The zoo offered some exciting moments of animal life. Although it saddened me to see some of the animals restrained in captivity, there were moments of spontaneity and vigour which I could capture in my frame.

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Visited the Sri Chitra Art Gallery and found some really interesting flowers in the garden.

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Decided to spend the evening at the beach. Headed to Shanghumugham. The Indian coffee house has been converted into Old coffee house. Had hot tea with the rays of the setting Sun seeping through our tea cups.

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The setting Sun painted some really colorful hues in the sky.

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With that the day trip ends. Until next time with new places and people.
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Excellent camera skills, zoo and Shanghumugham snaps are very vibrant. It is the first time I am hearing about Kuthira Malika, it will be good to hear about what is there in the area hidden from Camera.
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The zoo in thiruvananthapuram is certainly one of the best In India along with the one at Gangtok and Mysore.

The photos are beautiful.Raja Ravi Verma's paintings are also not be missed during a stay in thiruvananthapuram.
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Excellent camera skills, zoo and Shanghumugham snaps are very vibrant. It is the first time I am hearing about Kuthira Malika, it will be good to hear about what is there in the area hidden from Camera.
Inside the palace there are nearly 80 rooms out of which only 20 are opened for public. Each room has exquisitely carved wooden ceilings. There are 14 different types of Kathakali mannequins on display. You can also see different types of harpoons, weapons used in kalaripayattu, ancient urns, Italian mirrors, gifts for the king from different countries inside the rooms. The main attraction is the Danta Simhasanam which is the King's throne made of ivory of 24 elephants as well as a throne made of crystal. The museum houses the life of the various Kings and their kingdom through photos.

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The zoo in thiruvananthapuram is certainly one of the best In India along with the one at Gangtok and Mysore.

The photos are beautiful.Raja Ravi Verma's paintings are also not be missed during a stay in thiruvananthapuram.
Yes indeed. The zoo is well maintained. Lots of animals in good condition. They are constructing an open enclosure for tigers which will be good since it was heartbreaking to see these lovely creatures caged in small rooms.
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