KERALA TOURISM NEWSLETTER
Travancore Heritage Project: Tourism Minister launches Illumination Works
The Tourism Minister Mr P. A. Mohamed Riyas has switched on the illumination of eight heritage structures in Thiruvananthapuram. This brings the first phase of the Travancore Heritage Project (THP), carried out by the Department of Tourism, to a close.
The structures covered in the first phase include Sundara Vilasam Palace; Thiruvananthapuram Development Authority (TRIDA) complex, Vazhuthacaud; Sakthi Vinayaka Temple, Palayam; Kerala Museum; Police Headquarters; Bank House; LMS Wills Hostel; and Juma Masjid, Palayam.
The Minister said the THP is implemented in recognition of the historical significance of the erstwhile Travancore state. “The first phase involves the illumination of 30 heritage structures of the city to give them a greater visual appeal in the evenings,” he said.
The Minister added that the government gives great importance to the scientific conservation and renovation of heritage structures.
The Kerala Tourism Director Mr P. B. Nooh said the illumination of 12 other heritage structures will be completed in the next month. Work on the remaining heritage buildings will be completed by the end of this year, he said.
The Joint Director, Tourism, Mr Shahul Hamid; and the Kerala Travel Mart Society President Shri Baby Mathew, were among those present.
The THP is aimed at conserving and showcasing the cultural richness and tangible legacy of the erstwhile Travancore kingdom so that a visit to the state capital and its surroundings become a more riveting experience.
The project 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.