This bustling Connemara Market was named after a British Madras Presidency governor. This market sees vendors selling vegetables, fishes, goats, fabrics, clothes, spices and much more.This old market sells all kinds of household items and is a backbone for the natives and also a colorful place for the visitors.
Connemara market is popularly known as the Palayam market among the locals and is one of the oldest and major shopping hubs of Thiruvananthapuram city. In most of its aspects, the market seems similar to the sweet meat street market in Kozhikode and both these markets sell almost all household items and are know as Palayam Market by the locals.This market was established in the year 1857 during the reign of King Uthradom Thirunal of then Travancore Kingdom to deliver daily life commodities to the army members.
The vaulted gate that leads to the interior of the market was inaugurated by Sir Connemara, Governor of Madras presidency, on his visit to Thiruvananthapuram in the year 1888 during the British rule. Since then, the market is known as the Connemara market in honor of him. The market is located in the Palayam junction and derives its name from the military garrison that was located there.
The word Palayam means ‘cantonment’ in Malayalam which is the local language. The military belonged to the Travancore Kings.The market is a shopping paradise for those who want to shop for household items at cheap affordable prices. In addition to the shops that sell goods like utensils, garments, jewellery, the market is also filled with vendors selling meats, fresh fish, vegetables and fruits.
The market has not changed much since the last 40 years, apart from the addition of a few concrete structures since the numbers of stalls have increased.The vendors now compete for even the smallest business making sure that the shoppers get to indulge in a good bargaining experience.
Fish is caught daily and sold here apart from other meats such as beef and mutton which can be purchased fresh. You will get to find almost all kinds of vegetables in the small shops and in addition to that, you will also find over twenty different varieties of bananas.
The whole market used to sell organic vegetables till a few years. However, due to the increase in demand and import of vegetables from several other parts of the country, that has changed considerably.One of the optimum examples of religious harmony in Kerala is also present around these market areas. You wil find a beautiful Ganapathi Temple facing the market and on its side is the oldest mosque in Thirivananthapuram, the Juma Masjid that was built in the 1800’s.
On the opposite side of the mosque stands the astonishing St. Joseph’s cathedral which too was constructed in the 1800’s.Connemara market is located in the Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala State at Palayam. The place is at walk-able distance from the main railway station at Thiruvananthapuram which is linked to most parts of the country.