This program is for those travelling with conference delegates and who are not involved in attending the conference. The delegate has to register his spouse also for the conference.
Thiruvananthapuram, is a small and beautiful seaside township built on seven hills. The city gets its name from the word, Thiru Anantha Puram, meaning the City of Anantha or the abode of the sacred Anantha on which Lord Vishnu, the preserver among the Hindu Trinity reclines.
There are several places of tourist interest in and around Trivandrum, which can be visited by the accompanying persons during the conference days.
14-11-2019 (3.30 pm to 7.00 pm)
Assemble at UDS around 3.30 pm.
Visit to Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Attukal Bhagavathy Temple and back to UDS by 7 pm.
15-11-2109 (10.30 am to 7 pm)
Glimpse of Kerala culture and shopping of items of Kerala art
Assemble at UDS around 10 am
Visit to Sri Chitra Art gallery and Napier Museum – 11 – 1 pm
Lunch – 1- 2.30 pm
Shopping – 2.30 – 6 pm (Kerala art form & traditional Kerala handloom)
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple stands tall in the Thiruvananthapuram, capital of Kerala in its decadent gold-plated glory. It is one of the 108 Divya Desams. The mystery and grandeur of the temple fill the air and leaves you awestruck in its magnanimous beauty. The premises of the temple echo tranquillity and every breath you take under the roof of this holy structure feels like a soul cleansing experience. The temple is known for its strict rules of worship and has specific dress codes to be followed by its devotees.
Morning hours: 3:30 AM - 4:45 AM (Nirmalya Darshanam), 6:30 AM - 7:00 AM, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM, 11:45 AM - 12 PM.
Evening hours: 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM, 6:45 PM - 7:20 PM.
The Attukal Bhagvathy Temple is popularly described as Sabrimala of the women, as women form the major portion of the devotees. The Goddess in the temple is worshipped as the Supreme mother. People who visit Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple and worship the Lord, do not consider their visits complete without the visit to this shrine of the supreme mother Attukalamma.
Sri Chitra Art Gallery
The Sri Chitralayam, popularly known as Sri Chitra Art Gallery, was opened to the public by the erstwhile Maharaja of Travancore Sri Chitra Thirunal on the 25th of September 1935 for the enjoyment, education and development of artistic taste of the people. It has a collection of paintings representing the various genres of paintings in India, along with a few from other parts of Asia with a distinct stamp of Indian culture. The Gallery was reconstructed out of two bungalows side by side in the museum Gardens. The major attraction of Sri Chitra Art Gallery is the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma. He is one among the greatest painters of India.
10:00 AM. to 5:00 PM, Wednesday 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Built in the 19th century, it has its own natural air-conditioning system. It contains a host of historical artefacts including bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings. People are especially impressed by the Japanese shadow-play leather that is used to depict the epics of the Mahabharata and Ramayana. Kerala's rich cultural heritage is in full display here. The museum was named after the former Madras Governor General, John Napier. Also known as Government Art Museum, the architectural style of museum is a mix of Indian, Chinese, Kerala and Mughal Schools of Architecture.
Visiting Hours: Open 10:00 - 16:45 hrs. Closed on Mondays, Wednesday forenoons,