Palayam, Thiruvananthapuram

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Palayam is located in Kerala
Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 8°30′16″N 76°57′01″E / 8.50444°N 76.95028°E / 8.50444; 76.95028Coordinates: 8°30′16″N 76°57′01″E / 8.50444°N 76.95028°E / 8.50444; 76.95028
Country  India
State Kerala
District Thiruvananthapuram
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 695033, 695001
Telephone code 0471
Vehicle registration KL-01
Nearest city statue jn.

Palayam or Cantonment, as it is locally known, one of the busiest localities in Thiruvananthapuram (also known as Trivandrum), the capital of Kerala State in India.


It gets its name from the fact that it used to be camp of the royal army and cavalry of the erstwhile kings of Travancore. It extended from the Cantonment House in the North up to A.K.G. Centre in the South, including areas now occupied by the University Stadium and Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium. The Army subsequently moved to Pangode. The cavalry, however, remained at Palayam.

The name "Cantonment" is not much in use for the area, though that name is still associated with the police station near the Secretariat, "Cantonment Police Station". At present, "Cantonment House" serves as the official residence of the Leader of the Opposition.

Religious Confluence[edit]

The Palayam Juma Masjid, St. Joseph’s Latin Cathedral [1] or Palayam Palli and a temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh are situated close to each other. The mosque and a temple are side by side, touching each other. The co-existence of these three centres of worship of different religions is quite unique and is a standing example of the religious tolerance and harmony in the state. Today hundreds of devotees offered prayers at the temple. The Friday prayers at the mosque are attended by a fairly high number of people.

St. Joseph's Cathedral [2] is under the Latin Archdiocese of Thiruvananthapuram [3].

It is a major shopping area of the city. Offices of the University of Kerala, Legislative Assembly, hostel of the Members of the Legislative Assembly, Jubilee Memorial Hospital, Connemara Market and Saphalyam Shopping Complex are at Palayam.

Restaurants serving Arabian cuisine like Shawarma and Kabsa and multi cuisine ones are many in number.

Connemara Market

Also known as Palayam Market, Connemara Market was established by Sir Connemara, Governor Of Madras. Saphalyam Shopping Complex and many other shops such as Shoe Wagon, Lee are situated here. Connemara Market is going to be renovated into a big shopping complex and 3 star hotel by next 4 or 5 years.

External links[edit]

Media related to Palayam at Wikimedia Commons