India’s Lone Biodiversity Museum at Thiruvananthapuram

India’s first and only Biodiversity Museum is situated at Vallakadavu near Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the state of Kerala. It is under the Kerala State Biodiversity Board.

Main building of Biodiversity Museum at Thiruvananthapuram – Image Source – keralabiodiversity.org

Biodiversity Museum at Kerala has many galleries with pictures. It gives an overview of the Biodiversity of India, especially that of Kerala. Animals like Dinosaurs are also depicted here.  LCD displays, interactive kiosks, etc, takes you to a different world; world which goes in harmony with nature.  Major threats to biodiversity across the world and conservation initiatives undertaken are also depicted here.

Sounds of many birds can be heard here. Videos of birds and animals can also be seen here. The Biodiversity Museum at Thiruvananthapuram has a theater with a capacity to accommodate 50 persons. This theater screens movies on plants and animals. There is also a Science on Sphere (SOS) system. SOS system uses computers and multimedia projectors. They stimulate animated images of earth, ocean, land, etc on to a giant globe.

Biodiversity Museum at Vallakadavu near Thiruvananthapuram is situated at the premises of Vallakadavu Boat House. It is a heritage building. It was used by the Royal family during their reign.  The boat house has a water-body in front of the building. There is a vertical garden, fountains and an aquarium around the water-body.

This water-body in the front of the building is connected to Parvathi Puthannaar, a man-made canal, which runs through the western side of the Thiruvananthapuram District. This canal was named after Rani Parvathi Bai,  reigning Queen of then Travancore Princely state, at the time of construction. This canal is now declared as part of National Waterway 3.

How Do I Go to The Biodiversity Museum at Thiruvananthapuram?

Biodiversity Museum is situated at Vallakadavu, at around 5 kilometers from the heart of Thiruvananthapuram city.

This one of its kind Museum in India is open from 10.30 am to 7.30 pm on all days, except Mondays.

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