Location of Trivandrum
Southern Coast of India (Kerala)
Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Best Season to
: September to May
Thiruvananthapuram, formerly known as Trivandrum is the capital city of the fascinating Kerala. Sprawled along the southern side of India, it is watched over by the Arabian Sea in the West and Tamil Nadu in the East.
Seven hills covered with English Government Buildings along with the local traditional houses add beauty of this seaside city. The city once formed a part of the capital of Travancore, which had its capital at Padmanabhapuram, now in Tamil Nadu.
True to its title of being the capital, the city offers relief from the strenuous life around us. Modern in every sense, Thiruvananthapuram still has a pinch of traditional culture left in it. From museums, Art Galleries, to Temples and Zoos, this city has it all.
The internationally renowned Kovalam Beach, which is a famous tourist destination since 1930's is 11 kms from Thiruvananthapuram. It also consists of three adjacent crescent beaches. The Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Kuthiramalika Palace Museum and Sree Chitra Art Gallery are some of the famous spots in the city.
The annual Aaranmula Boat Race held in the months of Aug-Sept, the Agastyarkoodam Peak in the Western Ghats, Akkulam Lake which also has the largest children's park in Kerala, Beema Palli Mahotsavam, Flavour food festival, Neyyar Dam and Neyyar Wild life Sanctuary are some of the major attractions of Thiruvanathapuram, the city that offers you all.
Temples In Trivandrum
Sri Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple: The ancient temple is the most dominating feature of Trivandrum. 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.
CHURCHES IN TRIVANDRUM
(7 kms from Trivandrum) The 'Madre De Deus' Church popularly known as the Vettukad Church attracts thousands of devotees from all religions. The annual celebration here is called the 'Feast Of Christ, The King'.
BEACHES OF TRIVANDRUM
The long stretch of clean sand is located near the airport. The water there, however, is suitable for bathing.
Kovalam beach is only 16 km. away from the city. This unique and uncluttered beach of silvery sands fringed with rows of tall palms, a sheltered bay provides a wide choice of water sports.
OTHER TRAVEL ATTRACTIONS
Veli Tourist Village
A large recreational centre located near the airport along a sheltered lagoon offers landscaped gardens and water-sports facilities. It is a popular picnic spot. Accommodation facilities are available in the youth hostel.
16 km. It is both a pilgrim centre and a picnic spot, with a waterfall nearby. On the banks of the Karamana River, the spot houses a temple, where a rock cut shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagvathy, the divine embodiment of female power. A stream with fishes, which come up to be fed by visitors, is another attraction.
(5 kms south of Trivandrum) An important Muslim pilgrim centre, it is dedicated to Beema Beevi, a pious Muslim lady believed to have possessed divine powers. Devotees of all faiths visit the mosque.
Near Kovalam, it's a fishing port, which is also important for an ongoing pioneer project to generate electricity from wave energy.
Truly a representative of the clean and verdant aspect of the city, the Public Park houses many important institutions, like the Zoo and the Botanical Gardens. The observatory on the Observatory hill is also located in the Public Park.
EXCURSIONS FROM TRIVANDRUM
Located 36 kms from Trivandrum. The historic remains of the fort built by the British East India Company in the 17th century and an adjoining cemetery are the noteworthy relics of this first major British trading station on the Malabar Coast.
Padmanabhapuram Palace(Tamil Nadu)
54 kms. A place of elaborate woodwork, it was the ancient seat of the Travancore rulers. It contains relics of historical and artistic value.
Koyikkal Palace, the ancient palace, located 18 km from Trivandrum on the way to Ponmudi hillstation and the Kuttalam waterfalls, dates back to the 15th century.
This palace, home of the late Maharaja Sree Chitra Thirunal Bala Rama Varma and his family is off limits to the public.
61 kms. It is 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.
Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu)
87 kms. It is located at a junction at the southernmost tip of India where the three water bodies, namely, Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean meet. From here, one can see the sun rise from the Bay of Bengal and set in the Arabian Sea.
It is a holy place for Hindus because of the Kanyakumari Temple. The Gandhi Smarak Mandir and Vivekananda Rock Memorial are additional tourist attractions.
Sucheendram (Tamil Nadu)
74 kms. The temple contains beautiful carvings and sculptures. There is an impressive statue of Hanuman and navagrahas carved on the ceiling imitating universe.
Aaranmula Parthasarathy Temple Parthasarthy temple, dedicated to Parthasarathi or Lord Krishna is said to date back to the days of the Mahabharata. The Vaishnavite Alwar
Saints have sung its glory.
Kulathupuzha Temple is situated on a forest range on the Trivandrum - Shenkotta road, Kulathupuzha is known for the Sastha
The 'Sivagiri Mutt' is a 'Ashram' founded by the great Hindu reformer and philosopher, Sree Naravana Guru. Even decades after the Guru breathed his last here in 1928 AD, his 'Samadhi' (restling place) continues to be thronged by thousands every year.
MUSEUMS IN TRIVANDRUM
The museum contains a fine collection of Kerala's bronzes, ornaments and contumes, and a model of "Tharawad' the traditional Nair family home. more...
Museum Kuthiramalika Palace Museum, a classic specimen of Kerala Architecture is situated in 'Kuthiramalika'. The palace, with its excellent carvings and amazing architectural designs, is by itself a slice of heritage. The museum has a wide range of exhibits representing the erstwhile state of Travancore. more...
Science & Technology
Museum The Science and Technology Museum, situated in Trivandrum was established with the prime objective of setting up of galleries with working or animated and participatory type of exhibits, on all disciplines of Science and Technology.
BEACHES IN TRIVANDRUM
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.
Air: Being the capital of Kerala state, Trivandrum is well connected to other major cities of India and the neighboring countries.
Rail: The city is connected to other important cities of India and Kerala by trains.
Road: Regular buses are available for the other important cities of Kerala and neighboring states