Museum Of History and Heritage
Situated near the Zoo in Vellayambalam, Keralam is a joint venture of Kerala Tourism and the state department of Archaeology. It has Modern Display techniques such as touch screen counters and multimeadia systems to explain the artefacts arranged in different galleries and to screen narrative documentaries on the distincative facets of Kerala’s Cultural History.
Located In Pazhavangadi In Thiruvanthapuram. it is the nerve Centre of the city Its prime place in history and the current statusit enjoys as a significant pilgrim and commercial centre are proof enough for this.Built in a1747AD by king Marthanda Varma The foremost attraction here is the renowned Padmanabha Swamy Temple.The Entire East Fort area has been declared as a heritage site by the Government Of Kerala
Kuthiramalika Palace Museum
Situated In east fort , It was built by King Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma who was the great musician, poet,social reformer and statesman.It is a treasure house of antiquities that reveals an era of affluence and opulence. Inaugurated in 1995 by Her Highness Sri Pooyam Thirunal Gouri Parvathi Bai, the museum is a dream come true for anyonen who wants to study the lives of the royal family of kerala.
SREE CHITHRA ART GALLERY
Sree Chithra art gallery was opened in 1935 by the erstwhile Maharaja Of Travancore, Sree Chithira Thirunal.It displayed the rare paintings by Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlova and Nicholas Roerich, It has an exotic collection of oriental Paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and bali which is a tribute to the art and culture of these countries.It also displays an exquisite collection from the Rajput Mughal and Tanjare schools of art.
This situated near by museum compound, this beautiful ancient palace of the Rajas Of Travancore is a stunning piece of architectural excellence.
Situated in Nedumangad, Koyikkal palace is a living testimoney to the rich cultural heritage of Kerala. well acclaimed for this architectural magnificence, this 17th century monuments speaks volumes about the extravagance of traditional architecture that prevailed in Kerala during those days.
The only one of kind in Kerala , Numismatic Museum function on the ground floor of the Koyikkal Palace.It displayed a rare and historically valuable collection of coins belonging to different parts of the world as well as different periods.The unique collection has coins used by various Indian Dynasties, Rasi the world a smallest coins,nearly 374 Roman gold coins each worth up to five hundred thousand rupees today and even a Venetian coin Named Amaida Believed to be presented to Jesus Christ!!!!!
Madavoorpara Rock Cut Temple
Situated at Iroopara Village in Thiruvananthapuram, Madavoorpara Rock Cut temple of 09th century was excavated at the mid height of a huge rock. This cave temple dedicated to Lord Siva Is believed to be a Buddhist Shrine once upon a time.The department of Archaeology declared it as a protected monument in 1965.
Built in the 19th century, it is located in the museum compound near Vellayambalam, right in the heart of the city. Named after the former Madras Governor General John Napier, this is one of the oldest museums in India.An architectural masterpiece, it is a combination of the Kerala.Mughal Chinese and Italian styles of architecture.
Rock Cut Cave
Situated to the south of Kovalam near Kakkamoola Jn. the rock cut sculptures in this cave temple dates back to the 18th Century.This site is centrally protected monuments under the control of arcaeological survey of India since 1965.
Temples Of parasurama/Brahma/Siva
Commonly Known as the Thiruvallam Temple, this temple complex at Thiruvallam is 10km away from Trindrum city.The Parasurama temple here is said to be the only temple in Kerala dedicated to Parasurama. it dates back to the late 12th/13/th century. The temple complex has a cluster of shrines enclosed by high walls. The presiding deities here are the Thrimurthy-Lord Brahma, Lord Siva, and Lord Vishnu. Apart from the shrines of parasurama, Brahma and siva all positioned in a raw, there are shrines of ten Upaprathishta also: such as Krishna, Matsya, Ayyappan,Ganapati Etc..
Situated in Anchuuthengu close to Varkala the fort was constructed by East India Company in 1695 AD. It was the first signalling station for the English Ships during the 17th -18th century A.D.
Kollam was one of the trade capitals of the old world,highly praised by Marco polo and Ibn Batuta. Once a famous port of international spice trade, It is Today renowned as the centre of India’s cashew trading and processing Industry.It is the gateway to the magnificent backwaters of Kerala with the famous Ashtamudi Lake covering almosy25%of the District.
Pandavanpara or the rock of the pandavas derives its name from the legendary Pandavas as described in the great Indian epic Mahabharata.Located at Urukunnu near Thenmala Eco Tourism Project In Kollam district, it is an ideal picnic spot.
Kottarakkara Thampuran Memorial Museum Of Classical Arts
Located at near by Kottarakkara Siva Temple, it was built in memory of Kottarakkara Thampuran. He was the founder of Kathakali, the internationally reputed classical art form of Kerala.The museum showcases an array of antiques, models of Kathakali Costumes,Ornamentes,musicalequipment and scuiptures of Kathakali.It exhibits costumes and models of other dance forms too like Mihiniyattam, Bharathanatyam,Kuchipudi, Kudiyattam etc…
Built by Albert Hentry in 1877across the Kallada river near Chemmanthoor in Punalur, it’s the only one of its kind in south India.It is a true replica of the technological advancement of the british.