Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Thiruvananthapuram Zoo & Museum

The Thiruvananthapuram Zoo (also known as Trivandrum Zoo) is located in the city of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala, India. It occupies 55 acres (22 ha) of woodland, lakes, and lawns.

The Thiruvananthapuram Zoo was established by the Maharaja of Travancore in 1857 as an annex to the Napier Museum. The zoo was originally built with the typical iron-barred cages prevalent at the time, and was designed for recreational purposes, but with increased loss of forest and wildlife due to human development, the goal of the Zoo has changed from recreation to conservation.
A modernization project started in 1995 aims to gradually replace the old enclosures with spacious naturalistic enclosures. The state government of Kerala is undertaking this renovation with financial and technical help from the Central Zoo Authority.


The Thiruvananthapuram Zoo is home to 82 species from around the world. Indigenous species at the zoo include lion-tailed macaque, Nilgiri langur, Indian rhinoceros, Asiatic lion, royal Bengal tiger, and leopard, as well a nine Asian elephants (as of March 31 2009). Animals from Africa include giraffes, hippos, zebras, and Cape buffalos.

The zoo also includes a snake farm which exhibits both poisonous and non-poisonous snakes


The Napier Museum was established in 1855 by the Maharaja of Travancore. The museum houses some beautiful works of art, archaeological artifacts, idols and ornaments. We started out with the intention of visiting this beautiful museum, which we had been told was worth a visit, and ended up spending so much time in the zoo and the art gallery; we had no time for the museum itself!

Sri Chitra Art Gallery

The Sri Chitra Art Gallery is located within the compound of the Napier Museum, and, as the name suggests, houses some beautiful works of art – prominent among them being some paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, probably the most talented and well known son of this state. There are also paintings by other famous painters, as well as some Tanjore paintings, and reproductions of the paintings which adorned the ceilings and walls of the Travancore Palaces. Cameras and mobiles are not allowed inside the gallery.

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