Your aesthetic sense will surely be heightened after visiting the imposing Padhmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum. Its architecture speaks a lot about the rich heritage of Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the Universe. The shrine houses a huge idol of the Lord measuring 18 feet in height. It shines brightly as it is amazingly embellished with precious gem stoned and gold. You have to make your way to the three doors for darshan(to see the idol of Lord). Enter the first door to see the head and torso, walk into the second door to see the midriff and hands and head to the third door to see the feet of the Lord.
The architecture is a marriage between Kerala and Hindu architecture. The Gopuram is the main attraction. It is fantastically carved and painted, and it rises up to a height of 100 feet. The temple is a venue for the celebration of 'Arattu' festival which is marked with beautiful performances by musicians. Feast is also a part of this festival.
A royal treat for eyes, the Padhamanabswamy Palace with its unmatched beauty is an important tourist destination serving royalty in plenty. It is located in Padmanabhapuram village which is situated at a distance of 65 km from Trivandrum. A perfect testimony to the ancient architecture of South India, the palace was built in the 17th century. Notice the mind blowing ancient murals adding charm to the walls of the palace. Within the palace enjoy the pleasure of the sight of regal seats flaunting the Chinese engravings, musical bow, coloured windows, rosewood ceilings which are painted in an admirable style.
Walk on the black floor of the Darbar Hall which is made from a mixture of lime, jaggery, burnt coconut, river sand and charcoal. It looks like a marble floor. Explore the dance hall, magnificent paintings, carved figurines holding lamps and the beautiful idols of Gods and Goddesses.