A journey down the lane of history is always exciting. What if that journey brings before you the picture of a rich and vibrant past, that too by means of some spectacular paintings and photographs? Incredible isn't it? Then welcome to SUTMC, Sree Uthradom Tirunal Marthanda Varma Chithralayam, a museum that offers a time-travel through the last two hundred years of Travancore. Conceived by late Sree Uthradom Thirunal Marthanda Varma, the museum provides the public an authentic perspective on the history, tradition and culture of Travancore.
The museum, with its rare collections that shaped modern Travancore, not only generates an interest in the history of Travancore but also provides a rare insight into the glittering past of the State. Besides the valuable articles possessed by the royalty, the collection also includes several fascinating photographs taken by eminent photographers including the His Highness himself.
The pictures have been meticulously selected and great care has been taken in preparing them. The photographs have been blown up for effect and are printed in quality archival ink and paintings are enhanced using oil colours, so that they will reflect the real heritage of Travancore. Each image is lit up with mood lighting and is supported by an attractive frame that adds more charm to them. A multimedia presentation of the pictures is available on request from the visitors. On request, they would also be provided with an iPod, which would give them details regarding the artifacts on display. The museum is open from 0900 to 1300 and 1500 to 1700 hours.
The paintings and photographs are set inside the royal ambiance of Rangavilasam Palace near Vettimurichakotta in the East Fort. The palace with its splendid architecture is a spectacle in itself. Built in the year 1839 by the then Maharaja of Travancore Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma, the palace stands testimony to the splendour of Kerala style of architecture. The ornate roofs, wooden pillars, wood-carved gables and wonderful façade all make it simple, flawless and fascinating. It was the traditional art and picture gallery of the Travancore royal family.
Contact details: +91 471 2447272
Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station, about 1 km.
Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 5 km.