Trivandrum

Overview

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is the captial of Kerala and also the headquaters of the trivandrum District.It is a beautiful seaside city built on seven hills. Located at the South Western tip of India, is bounded by the Arabian sea on the West and Tamil Nadu on the East. The wooded highlands on the Western Ghats in the Eastern and North Eastern borders give some of the most enchanting picnic spots, a long shorline, with internationally renowned beaches, historic monuments, backwater stretches and a rich cultural heritage make this district a much sought after tourist destination.Mahatma Gandhi has referred trivandrum as “Evergreen city of India“.

With its 78 km coastline, internationally renowned beaches, historic monuments, backwater stretches and a rich cultural heritage, Thiruvananthapuram district is a much sought after tourist destination in Kerala. The Sri Padmanabhaswami Temple devoted to lord Vishnu or Padmanabha is an iconic landmark of Thiruvananthapuram city.

 

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Kovalam, Kerala, India

Kovalam is the most famous beach of Kerala. Kovalam is also one of the best beaches in India and is attracting travelers from all over the world. This natural bay is a safe sea-pool free from high waves and surges - ideal for swimming and surfing. Kovalam is an internationally known holiday destination. Kovalam is also famous for its ayurvedic and naturopathic treatment centers. Kovalam is 18 km from Trivandrum city.

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Neyyar Dam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

The picturesque location of the dam and the lake in the midst of the mountains and a mini wild life protection area has made Neyyar a popular tourist destination. Boating along the reservoir, lake garden, crocodile farm and safari park makes Neyyar different from other tourist spots in Kerala. Neyyar is 29 km from Thiruvananthapuram.

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Padmanabhaswamy Temple

The temple is located inside the East Fort. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, & a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture. It is known for its Mural Paintings and Stone Carvings. One among the 108 sacred Vishnu Temples in India, the presiding deity in here is Lord Vishnu reclining on anantha the serpent.

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Kuthiramalika Palace Museum

The palace was built by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma - the King of Travancore, who was a great poet, musician, social reformer and statesman. This rare specimen of workmanship in the traditional travancore style of architecture also has exquisite wood carvings. The palace museum displays paintings and various priceless collections of the royal family.

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The Napier Museum

Built in the 19th century, the indo - saracenic structure boasts a "natural" Airconditioning system and houses a rare collection of archaeological and historic artifacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings. The use of plaxtic is banned in the museum premises.

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Poovar Island

Poovar, a small coastal village along the natural harbour at Vizhinjam.It was then an important center of trade for sandalwood, spices and timber. Poovar is one among the natural wonders where the Lake, River, Sea and Beach meet the land. A rare find in Kerala, the southern state of India.Poovar is a small fishing island located in the southern part of Trivandrum. Fringed with coconut trees on all sides, it is an ideal place for tourists who want to have an outing.

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Shanghumukham Beach

One of the most popular beaches, Shanghumukham Beach is known for its pristine waters and soulful sunsets. It runs next to the Trivandrum airport and a must visit for those seeking tranquility.

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