Kerala: Travancore Heritage Tourism Mission I- Phase to focus in Thiruvananthapuram
Kerala: Travancore Heritage Tourism Mission I- Phase to focus in Thiruvananthapuram

Upping the ante on the cultural richness of the erstwhile Travancore kingdom that now lies in the southern part of the state, the Kerala Government is set to commence a Rs 100-crore Travancore Heritage Tourism Project (THTP) that envisages conservation of the region’s palaces, mansions and temples.

The project will ensure that the old-world looks of the structures will be retained, besides illuminating the landmarks of the city to give them a greater visual spectrum in the evenings.

Travancore Heritage Tourism Project mainly, covers heritage structures from Padmanabhapuram Palace, now in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu, to the Parthasarathy temple on the banks of the Pampa in Aranmula of Pathanamthitta district. The first phase will be carried out in four stages across Thiruvananthapuram district, giving fillip to the tourism development.

The project has been drafted by Mumbai-based architectural firm Abha Narain Lambah Associates, which is into the conservation of several historical sites across India.

“The Travancore Heritage Tourism Project is an attempt to highlight the hidden jewels of the erstwhile kingdom and give a boost to tourism, creating a new circuit for visitors to explore Kerala,” said state tourism minister, Kadakampally Surendran.

The second phase will carry out renovation of the historical monuments such as the dilapidated Koyikkal Palace in Attingal which is 30 km north of the state capital,150-year-old Anantha Vilasam mansion, the 1839-built Ranga Vilasam and Sundara Vilasam, also near Padmanabhaswamy temple.

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