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Varkala beach or Papanasam beach
Varkala, or Papanasam beach is a heaven for sun-bathing and swimming. Located close to Mekosha it is one of the most popular tourism destinations in Kerala. The evening views of the sunset are an experience not to miss.
The temple and its assets belong to Lord Padmanabhaswamy and were, for a long time, controlled by a Trust headed by the Travancore royal family making it the wealthiest place of worship in the world.
It is conservatively estimated that the value of the monumental items is close to ₹1.2 lakh crore or ₹1.2 trillion (US$19 billion). If the antique and cultural value were taken into account these assets could ten times the current market price.
CHITRA ART GALLERY
- The Sri Chitralayam, popularly known as Sri Chitra Art Gallery, was opened to the public by the erstwhile Maharaja of Travancore Sri Chitra Thirunal on the 25th of September 1935 for the enjoyment, education and development of artistic taste of the people. It has a collection of paintings representing the various genres of paintings in India, along with a few from other parts of Asia with a distinct stamp of Indian culture.
- No efforts were spared in furnishing this gallery with rare and representative specimens of paintings from near and far. A large collection of paintings is a generous gift from the Royal House of Travancore and also from Kilimanoor Royal family. The major attraction of Sri Chitra Art Gallery is the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma. He is one among the greatest painters of India.
Known as the Mansion of Horses, the palace gets its name from the 122 horses that are carved into the wooden wall brackets supporting 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 Thiruna in 1846. Kuthira Malika is an example of traditional Kerala architecture with its typical sloping roofs, overhanging eaves, pillared verandahs and enclosed courtyards. Intricate carvings adorn the wooden ceilings with each room having a distinctive pattern.
The vast stretch of white sand and the serene atmosphere away from the crowds of the city provide all the ingredients for relaxation and for enjoying a special evening. The beach is considered to be the ‘Arattukadavu’ of Sri Ananthapadmanabhan – the presiding deity of the city. Thousands of Hindus perform ‘Bali Tharpanam’ during special occasions
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