One of the oldest art galleries in the state, the Sree Chithra Art Gallery was opened by the erstwhile Maharaja of Travancore, Sree Chithira Thirunal on September 25, 1935. It boasts a rich collection representing various genre of paintings in India, several of which were gifted to the gallery by the Royal House of Travancore and the Kilimanoor Royal Family.


The gallery has paintings of noted artists such as Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlova and Nicholas Roerich. The stunning works of the Mughal, Rajput and Tanjore schools of art can be also viewed here. A special section is dedicated to Southeast Asia, and displays paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali, as a gesture of respect for the culture of these countries. The prestigious collection also has copies of Indian mural paintings from the 18th century. The museum remains closed on Mondays and Wednesday forenoons, so visitors are advised to plan their visit accordingly.

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