Kuthiramalika (lit. Mansion of horses) is a palace built by Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma on the south-eastern side of Padmanabhaswamy temple, Thiruvananthapuram. The palace gets its name from the 122 horses that are carved into the wooden wall brackets that support the southern roof. The official name of the palace is Puthen Malika (New Mansion). The palace forms part of a vast complex of royal buildings in the vicinity of Padmanabhaswamy Temple. The building was left unoccupied for more than a century, following the demise of Swathi Thirunal in 1846.
Time stands still in the capital of Kerala, steeped in history & cultural influences passed by traditions, Thiruvananthapuram is a melting pot of art, culture, food & a thriving life in the God’s Own Country. Timeless history blends intricately with a modern day metropolitan in the city of Trivandrum
A living heritage, Ambika Vilas was built in 1911 by Dr. N K Krishna Pillai, a young aristocrat, who trained as a surgeon, and served the government and the armies of the king of Travancore, Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma VI.
The house was planned and constructed according to the principles of ‘Thatchusastra’, an ancient science of carpentry. At its core, Thatchusastra is based on the premise that every man-made structure has a life and personality of its own, which is derived from inputs and materials that go into constructing it. The bricks for the walls and the clay tiles for the ceiling and flooring, were locally sourced and prepared on the premises itself. It is to ensure that the building materials used, harmoniously blend into the environment of the house.
The rooms are cool even in the hot summer months, due to the application of a paste of lime-based mortar, vegetable extracts, and eggs, to coat the walls. The verandahs that encircle the house, brings in the cool sea breeze and the long sloping roofs supported by wooden rafters and plinths protect the house from the heavy monsoon rains. The thoomanam, protects the terracotta roof and directs the rain water straight down to the earth, to replenish the ground water.
As you walk into the house, you will find, small miniature gardens, open to the sky, at the center of the house. These courtyards, known as ‘anganam’ – are the heart of any Kerala house. It is here where family members gather for meals, celebrate festivals or socialise. It is also a perfect spot to watch the onset of the monsoon.
A unique feature of Ambika Vilas is the seamless way in which the interior of the house merges with the garden, to create one holistic living space. It is hard to tell where the house ends and where the garden begins.
Shankumugham Beach is a beach in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala, south India. The beach is on the western side of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) and very near to Trivandrum International Airport.The vast stretch of white sand and the serene atmosphere, away from the crowd in the city, provide all the ingredients for relaxation and for spending an ideal evening. There is also a "Star Fish Restaurant" with eating kiosks and open-air theatre with car parking facilities. Good food can be enjoyed at the Old Coffee House, just across the beach, which is also a vantage point for enjoying the sunset. The beach is not well maintained, with garbage littering the entire area.
The Napier Museum is an art and natural history museum situated in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala . The museum is about 6 km from the city. Visiting Hours: Open 10.00 - 16.45 hrs. Closed on Mondays, Wednesday forenoons, 26 January, 15 August, Thiruvonam and Mahanavami. The museum was established in 1855 In 1874, the old Museum Building was demolished and foundation for the new building was laid. The new building was named after Lord Napier, the Governor of Madras from 1866-1872.The architectural masterpiece was designed by Robert Chisholm, the consulting Architect of the Madras Government, and the construction was completed in 1880. Napier Museum is a landmark in the city with its unique ornamentation and architectural style with gothic roof and minarets. The Indo-Saracenic structure also boasts a natural air conditioning system.
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
The Padmanabhaswamy temple is a Hindu temple located in Kerala's state capital Thiruvananthapuram, India. The name of the city of Thiruvananthapuram in Malayalam translates to "The City of Lord Ananta", referring to the deity of the Padmanabhaswamy temple. The temple is built in an intricate fusion of the Kerala style and the Dravidian style of architecture associated with the temples located in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu, featuring high walls, and a 16th-century gopura. While the Ananthapuram temple in Kumbla is considered the original seat of the deity ("Moolasthanam"), architecturally to some extent, the temple is a replica of the Adikesava Perumal temple in Thiruvattar.
Backwater Cruise At Poovar
In order to experience the best of what Kovalam has to offer, you don’t need to step too far from the resort. We have organized a relaxing cruise down the calm backwaters of Kovalam at the protected estuary in Poovar, a beautiful village almost at the southern tip of Trivandrum. Awaiting your company at the cruise is a cooking session with a chef, who will introduce you to local specialties. Finally, wrap up the day with a scrumptious meal at Bait, the global seafood restaurant, where a stunning view of the sea and backwaters will complete the experience.