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Kalarippayattu, the martial art of Kerala, is taught and practiced in and around Thiruvananthapuram. The city has many pockets to learn. The most reputed and old is CVN Kalari, near Padmanabhaswamy temple. This Kalari has facilities for ayurveda exposure too.
Thiruvananthapuram Zoo :
A century and half old zoo, the fifth oldest in India, was set up by Uthram Thirunal, the former ruler and king of Travancore. No rival in India for its design and layout. The beautiful Victorian-style cages, the lake, the curling pathways, the lawns, and the nearby Top Garden are the plus marks. Most of the animals are in open enclosures.
Napier Museum :
The museum is named after erstwhile British Governor of Madras, Napier. The museum structure itself is a marvelous. Tall and slander towers, stained glass windows and special type roofs make the structure different. Large collections of bronzes, historical ornaments, temple chariots and ivory items are on display.
Sree Chithira Art Gallery :
Situated in Napier museum grounds. Good collection of paintings of Raja Ravi Varma and Roerich, copies of Rajput, Mughals and Tanjore schools of art and paintings, and that of Ajantha, Ali Bagh Caves exhibited. The collection of paintings from China, Japan, Bali and Tibet include.
Shanmugham Beach :
Located near the city is known for its white sanded quiet Beach free from any traps. It presents a virgin appeal. The visitors can see from here the sea swallowing the sun slowly and compensating the loss of light by stars ascent one after one from nowhere.
Padmanabhapuram Palace :
From 16th to late 18th century Padmanabhapuram, 55 kms from Thiruvananthapuram, was the capital of Travancore. Consequent on the State’s demarcation on linguistic basis, the Palace went to Tamil Nadu. But, the Palace is administered by Department of Archaeology, Government of Kerala.
Folklore and Numismatics Museum at Nedumangad :
It is located at Nedumangad, 20 km away from Thiruvananthapuram city. The museum is housed in the 17th century Koyikkal Palace which is Kerala’s traditional Nalukettu (four-sided structure with inner courtyard). This Palace was originally belonged to Venad royal family.The museum has several exclusives. It has two wings – one for Folklore and the other for Numismatics.
Veli Tourist Village :
A beautiful picnic spot. Seaside, 9 km from city. Veli is a Tourist Village where the Veli Lake hubs Arabian Sea. In the Lake boating facility is available. Pedal and Paddle boats are available on hire. Here there is a Children’s Park dotted with huge sculptures. Climbing on them is a craze for children.
Aruvikkara is located 16 km away from Thiruvananthapuram city on the banks of Karamana River. There is a dam, Aruvikkara Dam, here. Plus a Durga temple and stream near the Dam. There is plenty of fish in the stream which come to the shore with no fear seeking food from the visitors who liberally feed them. Aruvikkara is a class-1 picnic spot.