Travancore Heritage Tourism project promises to boost the tourism industry

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple | Photo: Shutterstock Images

There are plans to refurbish and conserve the historical heritage buildings like museums, temples, and mansions constructed during the Travancore King's Rule and hand them over to Kerala Tourism sector.

Around 100 crores have been allotted for the renovation works, which will be done in parts. Along with retaining the old-world charm of the structures, there are plans to bring more visual appeal to these buildings in the evenings. Padmanabhapuram Palace, Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple situated on the banks of Pamba will also include in this renovation work.

The first phase will be carried out in four stages across the state capital. During phase one, Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple and adjoining East Fort, besides 19 majestic building complexes on either side of the MG Road will be given a facelift. These structures will be illuminated by employing state-of-the-art techniques.

In the second phase, they will include the decaying Koyikkal Palace in Attingal, 150-year-old Anantha Vilasam mansion, the 1839-built Ranga Vilasam and Sundara Vilasam, also near Padmanabhaswamy temple. Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple will be at the centre of the project. There are also plans to renovate Raja Ravi Varma’s Kilimanoor Palace, Aarattu Mandapam at Shanmugam Beach and the rock-cut cave at Vizhinjam. Through this initiative, they are hoping to bring in more tourists from abroad.  

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