A Report on Field Trip
Trivandrum Zoo was a best experience for us!!
Optional based field trip was included in the community based practical
programme of the first semester syllabus. The purpose of the trip is usually for
observation for education, non-experimental research or to provide students with
experiences outside their everyday activities.
I and my friends together visited trivandrum.The places visited were Kuthira
Malika, Chithralayam, Napier Museum and Kovalam Beach. The journey began by
8:30 am. There was a silent prayer before the journey and then the students as
well as the teachers had a wonderful time in the bus. The first visited place was
Kuthira Malika palace, near the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple. By then, it was
10:30 am and the students were asked to stand in queue to enter into the palace.
Kuthira Malika or Puthenmalika Palace is a two-storied palace built by Swathi
Thirunal Balarama Varma on the South-Eastern side of Padmanabhaswamy
Temple in Thiruvanathapuram. The palace is named as Kuthira Malika or Mansion
of Horses as it has 122 smiling wooden horses on its exterior walls. It is a fineinstance of traditional Kerala architecture and is one of the most significant
tourist attractions in Thiruvananthapuram. There were guides to lead the
students into the palace and they explained everything about the palace in detail.
The students ardently listened to them and noted the important details about the
Traditional wooden works on the exterior walls of Kuthira Malika
The interior of Kuthira Malika features European mirrors and chandeliers,
weapons, crystal items, Kathakali idols, elephant howdahs and other
memorabilia. The palace was constructed with teak, rosewood, granite and
marble. Elaborate carvings within the palace include two thrones- one is made
entirely from elephant tusks and the other from Bohemian crystal. The palace
houses the Maharaja’s music room where visitors have a good view of the
temple, which was a source inspiration for the ruler. Other rooms include the
other music halls, reading rooms, and a library. Noted for the Kerala architecture,
the palace took 5,000 workers over 4 years to complete. Although 80 rooms are
there in the palace, only 20 are open for the visitors.On the first floor are rooms that once served as the audience chamber, the library
and an alcove that Maharaja Swathi Thirunal used for meditating and for
conceiving many of his musical compositions. This place offers a direct view of the
Padmanabhaswamy Temple gopuram. The small wooden stair there contains
carvings of peacock, elephant and parrot. One of the rooms displays an illusion
portrait of Sree Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, painted by Svetoslav Roerich.
The palace has been visualized in many Malayalam films and is one among the
attractive places to visit in Thiruvanathapuram.
Chithralayam, the art gallery was the next visited place. Sree Uthradom
Thirunal Marthanda Varma Chithralayam has been set up at Ranga Vilasam Palace
to provide the public with an authentic perspective on the glorious past of
Travancore. Conceived by His Highness Sree Uthradom Thirunal Marthanda
Varma Maharaja, the museum’s collection includes (besides valuable articles
possessed by the Royalty) rare photographs taken by His Highness, himself a
connoisseur of photography, and other ace photographers like William D’cruz etc.
are set in the royal ambience. This art gallery has precious collections of paintings
of the royal family.
Front view of the Chithralayam
Lunch was provided for everyone near the museum. After the delicious
meal, the students explored the Napier Museum, which is the natural historymuseum that showcases glimpse of the rich Kerala’s cultural heritage. It was
established in 1857 by Maharaja Uthradom Thirunal. The museum has a fairly
good collection of exhibition that counts to around 550 numbers. It offers an
array of display of artistic, cultural and antique objects comprising of sculptures in
bronze and stone, carving of wood and ivory, lamps, textiles, Kathakali models,
handicraft items, Koftgari works, traditional musical instruments, a treasure of
numismatic collections representing Chera,Chola and Pandya dynasties of
Southern India etc. Located right in the heart of the city, this famous Museum,
named after Lord Napier, the Governor of Madras from 1886-1872 is also one
among the interesting places to visit in Thiruvanathapuram.
Kovalam beach, located about 18 kms south of the city was the last place to visit.
It is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. It
has been a favourite haunt of tourists since the 1930s. The leisure options at this
beach are plenty and diverse. Sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning,
massages, special cultural programmes and catamaran cruising are some of them.
The beach complex includes a string of budget cottages, Ayurvedic health resorts,
convention facilities, shopping zones, swimming pools, Yoga and Ayurvedic
massage centres. It was in these three places: Lighthouse beach, Samudra beach
and Hawah beach, that students had a wonderful time. They also did some
shopping in the nearby shops.The return journey began around 6 in the evening. Everyone was filled with
much excitement and did not want to go back. Dinner was arranged at Hotel Al
Saj, Kazhakootam where everyone relished the tasty food. And finally, around
9:30 the students and the teachers reached the college. From there all of them
went back to their homes.
On the whole, the trip was awesome. All had a fantastic time and it was
very much helpful for developing the aesthetic sense, exploration skills,
imagination, and co-operation in the students. The teachers were also happy that
everyone reached back safely and there were no much troubles during the
journey. To conclude, the trip was very informative, effective and at the same
time memorable. So organizing such field trips will be very helpful for the
students to learn new through observation, exploration and interaction.