December 31, 2007

Day 7: 25th December '07 – Trivandrum

Merry Christmas. We set out morning to the Trivandrum Zoo. For an entry fee of mere Rs.10, we were treated to some of the most exotic and rare animals from this planet. Vultures, leopards, tigers, lions, jaguars, snakes, bares, langurs, deers, birds, elephants and more …. All in a very well designed landscaping.

Right next to the zoo is the Napier Museum and Sri Chitra Art Gallery – which showcase the history and art of the rulers of Travancore – the royal Varma family were patrons of art, music and culture. The Kovalam beach is close to Trivandrum – but we let it skip – considering that it would be overcrowded on a holiday.

We visited the Padmanabha Swamy temple in the evening. The Lord Vishnu is sanctified in a resting position at this temple and has a strict dress code for entry.

In a few hours, we pack off to the airport – a return journey to our metropolis – carrying with us cherished memories from the past week in Kerala.

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