Friday, October 22, 2010

Palayam




















Palayam, one of the busiest places in Thiruvananthapuram, is located in between Statue and PMG Junction. This is one of the oldest camp grounds of the Nair Pattalam, the royal army of the erstwhile kings of Travancore. These camp grounds where the army resided is called as Palayam by the locals. M G Road (Mahatma Gandhi Road) passes through Palayam. At Palayam, one can witness a rare site of religious integration. The Palayam Juma Masjid, St Joseph’s Cathedral or Palayam Palli and a temple dedicated to Shakthi Vinayaka Temple are situated close to each other. The mosque and the temple share the same wall and the church is across the road. Palayam, the hustling part of Thiruvananthapuram, is surrounded by offices, hospitals, colleges and historical monuments. University College, Sanskrit College, Victoria Jubilee Town Hall (VJT Hall), University College Library, Fine Arts College, State Central Library, Chandrasekhran Nair Stadium, Saphalyam Shopping Complex, Jubilee Memorial Hospital, University of Kerala and Palakkal Art Gallery are the major landmarks. Accommodation facilities are available at the South Park Hotel.
Nearest Airport - Trivandrum International Airport (6 km)
Nearest Railway Station - Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station (3 km)

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Location of Palayam (Satellite view)

Kerala Legislature Complex





Kerala Legislature Complex situated between Palayam and PMG Junction in Thiruvananthapuram is a beautiful blend of classical splendor and modernity. It is a new building where the legislative assembly of Kerala meets. The complex sports a towering dome, exquisitely carved galleries, ornate teak paneling and ceiling. It is provided with the most modern, state-of-the-art sound systems.
The nearest railway station is Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station and the closest airport is Trivandrum International Airport.

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Palayam St Joseph’s Cathedral
St Joseph’s Cathedral, popularly known as Palayam Palli, is situated at Palayam in Thiruvananthapuram. This Roman Catholic Church is among the two churches in the city where the Pope John Paul II conducted holy sermon while he visited Kerala. The architectural style of the church is a simple Victorian theme. Palayam Palli has a large statue of Jesus Christ on the top of the tower.
Close to the church are Palayam Juma Masjid and Shakthi Vinayaka Temple . Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station is 3 km away.

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Palayam Juma Masjid
Palayam Juma Masjid is an important mosque in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. This beautiful mosque is situated at Palayam, one of the busiest places in the city. It is among the reminiscent of the Islamic style of architecture prevalent in south India.
Palayam Juma Masjid, St Joseph’s Cathedral (Palayam Palli) and Shakthi Vinayaka Temple co-exist next to each other presenting the perfect example of religious harmony of Keralites. The mosque and the temple share the same wall, and the church is across the road.
Palayam is around 3 km away from Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station

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Palayam Sri Sakthi Vinayaka Temple

Sri Sakthi Vinayaka Temple is Situated at Palayam near Palayam Juma Masjid in Thiruvananthapuram District of Kerala. This temple enshrines Lord Ganapathy as the main deity. Shakthi Vinayaka Temple, Palayam Juma Masjid and St.Joseph's Cathedral (Palayam Palli) co-exist next to each other presenting the perfect example of religious harmony of Keralites. The mosque and the temple Share the same wall, and the church is across the road.. The nearest Airport is Trivandrum Internation Airport and Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station is the nearest Railway Station.


Victoria Jubilee Town Hall (V J T Hall)




Victoria Jubilee Town Hall (V J T Hall), controlled by the General Administrative Department, is located just opposite to Government University College at Palayam in Thiruvananthapuram. It is a multi-purpose function hall with a seating capacity for 350 persons.
A memorial to Queen Victoria of England, the hall is available for all kind of functions and social gatherings such as public meetings, seminars and conferences. The governmental functions are conducted free of charge. Also, no rent is charged for registered charitable society. An exhibition cum sale of handicraft items is usually organized here.
V J T Hall is around 3 km from Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station.

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Connemara Market, Palayam
Established in 1857, Connemara market in Palayam is one of the major shopping hubs of the city. It was built during the reign of King Uthradom Thirunal of erstwhile Travancore dynasty to supply day-to-day commodities to the army members. The arched gate which leads to the market was inaugurated by Sir Connemara, Governor of Madras Presidency on his visit to Thiruvananthapuram in 1888 and the market was named ‘Connemara market’ in honour of him.

University of Kerala



The University of Kerala, originally called the University of Travancore, was established in 1937 by the then Travancore king, Shri Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, long before the State of Kerala was constituted. The jurisdiction of the University is confined to the districts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha and parts of Pathanamthitta. There are regional offices and information centers in all districts.
Situated in the heart of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, and with more than two score departments of teaching and research, and 81 affiliated colleges, the University of Kerala is one of the premier centers of higher education in the State. Along with traditional disciplines, special emphasis is laid on teacher education, distance education and future studies. Through its various Centres much collaborative work is done with other universities in India and abroad. The University of Kerala has widened its activities by recognizing numerous other academic institutions engaged in research and specialized studies.
The University has published nearly a hundred books in different languages. This includes reprints of ancient works like Hortus Malabaricus, comprehensive lexicons, masterpieces of renowned authors, journals and a pictorial Ramayana reproduced from palm-leaf manuscripts. There is also a massive collection of books in the Library.
The University of Kerala is the first in the country to ensure student participation in the Syndicate. There are also numerous student services and co-curricular programs.

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University College

University College, Thiruvananthapuram established in 1866 was built to impart English education to the common folk of the erstwhile Travancore by H.H. Sri Ayilyam Thirunal Rama Varma Maharaja. Mr. John Ross, a scholar of repute was appointed Principal of the College. Today, after more than a century of dedicated service to the state, the College stands tall for having produced thousands of luminaries that includes former President of India late Sri. K.R Narayan, Cabinet Secretaries, Ambassadors, Civil Servants, IT doyens, Teachers, Poets, Writers, Artists and Politicians.
Offering 18 UG, 20 PG, 12 M.Phil and 14 Ph. D programmes, the College is undoubtedly vibrant academically. Its architecture, location, history and resourcefulness have made University College a spot not to be missed in the city, if not in the State.The College has staff strength of 215, of whom more than sixty per cent are research degree holders. The College has fourteen research departments, 55 research guides and 141 research scholars. Thus, University College is both a “University” and a “College”. Its student-strength of 3200 comprises pupils from all social classes, mostly from the lower strata. Since the selection procedure to all the courses is based on merit alone, the percentage of financially challenged but meritorious students is the highest in this College.

College of Fine Art



Founded in 1888 by His Highness Visakham Thirunal Rama Varma, the College of Fine Arts is affiliated to the University of Kerala. It was first known as H. H. The Maharaja’s School of Arts, Travancore. The college has three main departments - painting, sculpture, applied art. All departments have studio facilities. The college has talented and professional art teachers

 State Central Library




The State Central Library, popularly called the Thiruvananthapuram Public Library is at Palayam in Thiruvananthapuram. Founded in 1829, it is one of the oldest public libraries in India. The king of the erstwhile princely province of Travancore, Swati Thirunal initiated the establishment of the library, completed by the British Resident Colonel Edward Cadogan. The public were given access to the library only from 1898.
The building that houses the library is a fine specimen of Victorian architecture and it still bears the sign 'Victoria Diamond Jubilee Library.' The library has over quarter of a million books in various Indian languages and English. A certificate course in library and information science is conducted by this library. The library works seven days a week, with shorter hours on weekends.