Swathi Sangeethotsavam is a 7-day music festival in the month of Dhanu, from 06 to 12 January every year at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India within the Fort Palace Complex adjoining the Sreepadmanabhaswami Temple. This festival is held in the majestic Kuthiramalika palace built by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal himself. Exclusively, compositions of Maharaja Swathi Tirunal Rama Varma are rendered at the festival. This festival is of recent orgin, but the settings of the Kuthiramalika palace has made it one of the very special festivals, and is perhaps next only to Navarathri concerts, also held in the nearby mandapam complex.

Swathi festival is a gala event of music organised by the Government of Kerala every year in the last week of January.On the occasion of the Swathi Musical Festival in Kerala, a large number of eminent musical personalities from all over the country gather at the Kuthiramalika Palace in Thiruvananthapuram. It is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to enjoy the musical shows that are put up by them. You can derive pleasure by listening to their songs.

As one of the famous national music events in India, the Swathi Sangeethotsavam invites the great maestros of both Carnatic and Hindustani music to this festival which highlights Kerala's contribution to Indian Classical Music. It also aims at developing and sustaining interest in classical music in the young budding musical talents of today.The sheer variety and brilliance of Indian Classical Music is sure to leave everyone spell bound. It is a privilege to witness this venerable gathering of esteemed artists. One is sure to remain riveted to one's seat once any of the masters start performing. The Swathi Musical Festival in Kerala is a superb musical gathering which helps you to comprehend the richness of Indian classical music. It also gives the talented individuals belonging to this sphere of performing art the chance to display their aptitude. It is indeed a gala celebration where the musical brilliance of reputed individuals leaves one completely mesmerized.

The 'Swathi Puraskar' instituted in the honour of Swathi Thirunal by the Government of Kerala is awarded to a music personality for his creative contributions at this festival every year. It constitutes a cash award of hundred thousand rupees, a citation and a memento

Concerts start at 6 pm (the concerts tend to last generally from 150 to 200 minutes, although no time limit is given to the artists). Concerts are open to all lovers of music and are organised by H.H.Sir Rama Varma Maharaja of Travancore Trust. The entrance to Kuthiramalika is via Bhajanappura Palace, Thekketheruvu.

Mail contact : Prince Aswathi Tirunal Rama Varma c/o The Organising Committee, Swathi Sangeethotsavam, Kaudiar Palace, Thiruvananthapuram - 695 003 Kerala State, INDIA. Read about a review of the 2003 Kuthiramalika festival concerts.

Location info:

Address:Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
District: Thiruvananthapuram
Nearest City: Thiruvananthapuram
Best time to visit: January 6 - 15, 2009


The venue of this grand musical extravaganza is the Kuthiramalika Palace in Thiruvananthapuram.There is a reason behind choosing this palace as the location. The famous king of the erstwhile state of Travancore Swathi Thirunal was a celebrated poet and musician as well. He had composed many of his memorable verses in this palace itself. So there could not have been any better place to carry on the musical legacy of this gifted man.

Interesting things to do:

Interesting things to Visit:

Aaranmula Boat Race
The Aaranmula Boat Race is staged each year in the scenic village of Aaranmula in August/ September. This river carnival is part of the Aaranmula Temple festival.

Varkala Beach
Varkala is a sea side resort, as well as an important Hindu centre of pilgrimage. High cliffs with rich mineral springs rise majestically from the coastline. The 2,000 year old Janardana Swamy Temple and the Nature Centre are the two main attractions here

About 1869 meters above sea level, Agastyakoodam is the highest peak in the Western Ghats, next only to Anamudi. Tradition says that the great sage Agasthya, had his abode in this peak. This mountain is located in Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve in the eastern side of the district. The area is noted for its abundant ayurvedic herbs and ecotourism.

Veli lagoon
Veli lagoon The boat club attracts tourists by providing facilities for pedal boating , row boating , swimming on the placid waters of the veli lake.

Aruvikkara 16 km. It is both a pilgrim centre and a picnic spot. On the banks of the Karamana river, this spot houses a Bhagavathy temple with a water fall nearby. A Stream with fishes which come up to be fed by visitors is another attraction.

Vizhinjam About 2kms south of Kovalam, it is believed to be an ancient port. The Dutch and Portugese had commercial establishments here. It is being developed as a modern fishing harbour.

Sankumukham Beach
The long stretch of clean sand is located near the airport. The water here, however, is not suitable for bathing.

Sri. Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Temple
The ancient temple is the most dominating feature of Thiruvananthapuram. Overlooking the Padma Theertham Tank, the temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu who is depicted reclining on Sri Anantha, the hooded snake from which the city derives its name. Exquisite stone carvings and pavilions are worth admiring. The temple is open only to Hindus and dress regulations are strictly enforced.

Veli Tourist Village
A large recreational centre located near the airport along a sheltered lagoon offers landscaped gardens and watersports facilities. It is a popular picnic spot. Accommodation facilities are available in the youth hostel.

Public Park
Truly a representative of the clean and verdant aspect of the city, the Public Park houses many important institutions, like Zoo and the Botanical Gardens. The Zoo is open from 09.00 hrs. to 17.00 hrs. The observatory on the Observatory Hill is also located in the Public Park.

Kanyakumari, the land's end of India is only 87kms from Trivandrum. Also known as Cape Comorin, this beautiful spot is in the neighbouring Tamilnadu state.

61 km. A beautiful hill station away from the city. The natural scenery, salubrious climate and the scope of hiking in high trails make the visit an exhilarating experience.

Varkala is a pilgrim centre for the devotees of Sree Narayana Guru, one of the patron saints of Kerala, whose motto was "One God, One Religion, One Caste". It is only 51kms from Trivandrum by road and also boasts of one of the best beaches in the State.

Kovalam beach is only 16 km away from the city. This unique wonderful beach will get pride of place amongst the loveliest beaches in the world. It is a sheltered bay and is endowed with unusual natural beauty.

Mobile range info:

Tips & Suggestions:

Help Line/Phone Number:

Police Station:

Nedumangad Police Station
Nedumangad, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

Pothencode Police Station
Kerala, India

Vizhinjam Police Station
Thiruvananthapuram, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

Kattakada Police Station
Thiruvananthapuram Neyyardam Road, Kattakkada,Kerala, India

Mangalapuram Police Station
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

Kadinamkulam Police Station
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

Nearest Hospital:

Divya Prabha Eye Hospital
Kumarapuram, Trivandrum, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695011, India 0471 2442050

Trivandrum Bypass Rd, Trivandrum, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695024, India 0471 2476304

PRDental speciality centre
Opp:Rajan Textiles, Thirumala, Trivandrum, Kerala 695006, India 09249434490

Medical College Hospital
Trivandrum, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India 0471 2444270

KIMS Hospital
Trivandrum, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India 0471 2447575

Sree Uthradom Thirunal Hospital Varkala
Stavyah Lifecare Services Pvt. Ltd., Near Varkala Court, Varkala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695141, India 0470 2607766

Karthick Clinic
43-1, Jawaharlal Road Street,, Shencottah, Tamil Nadu 627809, India 04633 233784

Chaithanya Eye Hospital
Kesavadasapuram, Trivandrum, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695004, India 0471 2447183

Thycaud Hospital Road ,, Opp. Amritha Hotel, Trivandrum, Kerala 695014, India 09387809779

Society/Community Phone Number

Useful Links:


Photo Gallery

Video Gallery