Thiruvananthapuram(Trivandrum) the capital of Kerala, is a nice sea side city built on seven hillocks with vast history. It arguably one of the Cleanest cities of India, having some finest beaches in the world. Thiruvananthapuram got its name from ‘Thiru-Anantha-Puram’ which means land of Sacred Serpent ‘Anantha’ on which lord Vishnu reclaims.
The District is located at the south South Western part of Kerala, bounded with TamilNadu at the East and South and Arabian Sea at West. It varies from dense thick forest at the East to some enchanting beaches at the West. A long coastal line having some of the internationally renowned beaches like Kovalam, Varkala, historic monuments, back waters and and rich cultural heritage make the District unique.
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- Kovalam Beach
Kovalam is one of natural beautiful beaches of the world. The high rock hills jutting into sea, has created a natural bay of calm waters for sea bath and the beautiful for sunbath. A sheet of Silvery sand curves into and arc that is bordered on the one side by azure blue water and on the other side by a never ending spread of green palm groves. It consist of adjacent crescent beaches. The southernmost, known as the lighthouse beach, is the most popular. Kovalam offers accommodation options to suite all budgets
- Varkala Beach
Varkala is a sea side resort and spa. It is also an important Hindu center of Pilgrimage. The final replacing(Samadhi) place great Sree Narayana Guru was at Varkala. High cliffs with mineral springs rise majestically from the coastline. In addition to the papanasam beach, the thousand years old Sree Janardhana Swami Temple and the natural care center are the main attractions.
How to reach there :- By train towards Kollam 45 KM, Or by bus towards Kollam.
- Padmanabha Swami Temple
It is and ancient and historic temple of Kerala. Travancore Maharaja ruled as the servant of ‘Sree Padmanabha’ , the God Vishnu here. The seven storied Gopuram is a specimen of Dravidian style architecture and the 386 pillars of the corridors are in carved granites. The ancient time clock depicting a sheep is good example of old age technology. The festival ‘Vetta’ and ‘Arattu’ of this temple celebrated between 1st and 10th November.Images of Gods of Temple carried to Shankhumugham Beach, escorted by the Travancore Royal family members during the festival. Then the images are ritually bathed at the sea along with the devotees.
How to Reach there :- At City Kizhakkekotta
- Padmanabhapuram Palace
The Padmanabhapuram Palace was the Royal Palace of Travancore family. Now its in Tamilnadu around 55 KM from city.The palace is well known for its amazing wood works, mural paintings, archeological museum and a collection of sculptures. Durbar hall, Long assembly hall, Dining halls, security arrangements, weapon stores, court of justice, bedrooms. old furniture given and idea how royal family lived here. Open 9AM to 5PM, monday holiday.
How to reach there :- by bus towards Nagercoil, Tamilnadu 55 KM
- Neyyar Dam
The dam and its reservoir provides excellent facility for boating. Its and important irrigation project of Thiruvananthapuram. The small wild life sanctuary Kollappetta can utilise climb for hikes and treks, gardens and swimming pools are tourist attractions. In addition to that there is a Lion Safari Park and a Crocodile farm.
- Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
The peppara wild life sanctuary is well known for its fauna and birds, is a big attraction people who like wild life. The Sanctury spread around 55 Sq.KM at the Western Khat. The are having large hills and numerous hillocks with forest and eucalyptus plantations. Elephant, sambar, Leopard and Lion tainted macaque are commonly seen.
How to reach there :- by bus from vithura on Thiruvananthapuram-Ponmudi Road – 50 KM
- Ponmudi Hill Station
Ponmudi is an idle hill station located around 60 KM from the city . Its about 3000 ft above sea level has an excellent hill station with mountaineering facilities. There is an old palace considered to have been occupied one of the Queen called ‘Umayamma Rani’. There is deer park also.
How to Reach There :- Direct KSRTC bus from city to Ponmudi.
- Agasthyakoodam Biosphere
This is and important peak in Sahyadri Range at a height 2000 feet and can get there by foot from Bonacaud. This is one of the rarest place where you can find rare Ayurvedic Medicines plants. Teeming with wildlife, the forests of Agasthyakoodam abound in rare medicinal Herbs and Plants, and orchids. There is an important place for a bird watcher, this mountains is accessible by foot from Kottoor near neyyar dam. The best season for trekking is December to April. You have to obtain prior permission from Forest Department.
- Kanakakkunnu Palace
The Palace and and its ground is an important place for various cultural programmes.
- Science and Technology Museum Complex
This is educative center for Children as well as intrested peoples. Located near Muscat Hotel, PMG junction. Open 10-50 – Monday holiday.
- Priyadarshini Planetarium
Show time 10:30, 12:00, 15:00, and 17:00 hours (Rs 10 for adult and Rs 5 for children aged between 3-10).
- Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum
Children of all age groups will enjoy the vast collection of more than 2000 dolls, stamps, and masks displayed here. (open 10 to 5 ) monday holiday.
- University Observatory
Located at the top point in the Thiruvananthapuram, near museum complex 60 meters above sea level, one can have bird eyed view of the city from there.
- Kerala Legislature Complex
The Legislature complex contains Kerala Legislative Assembly Hall, where the elected members of Kerala Legislative Assembly meets and Secretariat. With its towering dome, exquisitely carved galleries, ornate teak panelling and ceiling, combined with the most modern acoustic treatment and sound system, the hall is a blend of classical grandeur and modernity.
- Shangumugham Beach
It is about 8 KM from city. This is a beautiful place to watch sunset and is a popular beach near to Airport and Veli Tourist Village. An Indoor recreation club, Sculpture of ‘Matsyakanya’, Childrens pars and a start shaped restaurant are some attraction of this beach. Mainly this beach has been attracted by the local people.
- Veli Tourist Village
This is the place where Veli lake meets with Arabian Sea. There have some boating facilities. Pedal Boats as well as paddle boats are available to explore the charm of the blue lagoon. Children will enjoy climbing over the huge sculptures.
Boat rentals 10 to 5pm
- Akkulam Tourist Village
This is a picnic spot having boating facilities. Akkulam is place Children flock to. It has a wonderful children’s park and paddle pool. Swimming pool for adult is also available here.
10 to 6 pm
This is almost 17 Km from city. This was an unexplored historic spot a few years ago. This was the capital of ‘Aye Vel’ Kings of 8th and 9th century. A rock temple there survived the time, believed to be from the period of ‘Chera’ dynasty. The temple is protected by Archeological Survey of India.
- Kuthiramalika Palace Museum
It is also known as ‘Puthen Malika’ – new palace. This was built during the reign of ‘Swati Tirunal’ a king of Travancore also a known poet and musician. This is now the exhibition center for various paintings of Royal Family.
- Napier Museum
This was built in 19th century is a Indo-saracenic structure having a natural air conditioning system and the Museum have a collection of Archaeological and historical artefacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings.
(open 10- 4.45 Monday, wednesday forenoon holiday )
- Sree Chitra Art Gallery
This is near to Napier Museum, displays the selected paintings of ‘Raja Ravi varma’. Rajput art form. The collection includes paintings from China, Japan, Tibet.
open 10 – 4.45 Monday, wednesday forenoon holiday )
- The Zoological Park
This is considered to be the one of the first zoos of India. It is at the botanical garden. The botanical garden consist of huge trees, sprawling lawns and wild fowl. This feels like you are in the middle of a jungle. A reptile park with different snakes and different crocodiles are here.
- Aruvikkara Dam
This is located at the banks of Karamana River. This is a well known picnic spot, Near to dam there a Durga Temple having a pond with full of fishes and feed by the visitors.
- Koyikkal Palace
This palace was built in 15th century. This is on the way to Ponmudi. This is a traditional ‘Nalukettu’ a two storied building with slanding gabled roofs. It has an inner courtyard and a museum of folklore.