Named after Lord Napier, this art and history museum was established
in 1855. An exemplary example of gothic architecture-style, Napier
Museum boasts greatly of its natural air conditioning system. It houses
an exceptional collection of ornaments, bronze idols, chariots and ivory
carvings. The museum offers insight into the rich and glorious culture and history of Kerala.
The great contribution made by Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools of
art along with the skilful work by several Chinese, Japanese and Tibetan
artists can be found in here. The Japanese leather figures depicting
the epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana catches the eyes of tourists.
Napier Museum is certainly one of the most visited tourist places in
Trivandrum. Situated in the Museum compound, ground floor of this place
houses India’s oldest zoological garden. Another important feature is
Sree Chithra Art Gallery, established by Maharaja Chithira Thirunalin in
1935.The gallery contains epic works from much famed Raja Ravi Varma
and Nicholas Roerich.
Amid a well laid out garden, the zoological park houses a lake and
boat club. The park offers an excellent day outing for children and
adults alike. It boasts of 75 different species of animals and birds
from India, Ethiopia and Australia. It is also a home to the Lion-tailed
Macaque, Nilgiri Tahr, Manipur deer, Indian Rhino, Nilgiri Langur,
Asiatic Lion and the Royal Bengal Tiger. There is prominent fauna found
here along with habitats of giraffe, hippopotamus, zebra and Cape