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Tourist Places Thiruvananthapuram - Kerala


Known as the "hometown of Padmanabhan" an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Thiruvananthapuram is the governing centre of the state Kerala. Mahatma Gandhi once alluded to Thiruvananthapuram as the "Evergreen city of India". It is home to the world's richest temple, the Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple which has possessions worth more than 1000 billion Indian rupees. Thiruvananthapuram tops the rundown in a late overview by the Times of India on "best Kerala city to live in". Gifted with unwinding shorelines, verdant slopes, sky-high mountains and meandering lakes, the capital city of Kerala is ever entertaining for all. 3,30,7600 reside in Thiruvananthapuram District of which nearly 2 million occupying the urban area.

Thiruvananthapuram area was a part of the past Travancore State. As per authentic records, the State of Travancore was partitioned into three authoritative units amid the rule of Maharaja Rama Varma (a.d.1758-1798) - Padinjaremukhom, Vadakkemukkom, and Tekkemukkom. Tekkemukhom generally relates to the present locale of Thiruvananthapuram, additionally a standout amongst the most favoured occasion destination in Kerala.

The historical backdrop of Travancore starts with Marthanda Varma who acquired the Kingdom of Venad and extended Travancore by overcoming kingdoms Attingal, Poonjar, Kottayam, Changanassery, Meenachil, Kollam, Kayamkulam, Kottarakara and Ambalapuzha. Marthanda Varma crushed the Dutch in the Colachel Battle in 1741. He seized the Dutch Admiral who was later on selected as the Senior Admiral. it was he who modernized the Travancore armed force by presenting guns and mounted guns. The kingdom of Travancore was committed by Marthanda Varma to his divinity Sri. Padmanabha (Lord Vishnu) and from that point, the leaders of Travancore ruled the kingdom as the workers of Sri. Padmanabha (Padmanabhan).

The culture of Thiruvananthapuram is pure South Indian. Being the "Land of Lord Padmanabhan", people here are warm and welcoming to their guests. Home to some of the greatest artists the world has seen, like the Maharaja Swathi Tirunal, Kumaranasan, Ullur Parameswaran Nair and much more, Thiruvananthapuram is a cradle of Kerala's rich culture.

Agriculture and pot making are traditional occupations of Thiruvananthapuram people. Now, being the capital city and IT hub of Kerala, people are involved in various jobs and those depending on traditional jobs are less in numbers.

Trivandrum is hailed as the "Evergreen City Of India" because of its extravagantly green and delightful landscape. It forms the administrative and cultural hub of the State. This prominent place of Kerala offers an intermix of stunning beaches, magnificent temples, beautiful palaces, informative museums, astonishing planetarium, exotic wildlife sanctuary, etc that has every flavor to attract any type of travelers.

With the majestic Western Ghats and mighty Arabian sea on both the sides, the capital city of Kerala - Trivandrum is built upon seven hills, making it an extra-special place of God's Own Country.

Popular As

  • "The Town Of Lord ANANTHA".
  • "The Evergreen City Of India."

Prominent Places to Visit

Padmanabha Swamy Temple: It is the richest temple in the world, famous for having a mysterious secret vault that no human can ever open easily.

Agasthyakoodam: Believed to be the abode of the great Hindu Sage Agasthya, the Agasthyakoodam is a famous trekking spot in Trivandrum which has one of the toughest trails in India.

Kuthiramalika (Puthenmalika) Palace Museum: In the year 1800, Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma built this museum to promote the traditional art forms of India.

Veli Tourist Village: The floating bridge, play areas for children, boat rides in Veli Lake, horse riding, floating restaurant, etc are the prime attractions of Veli Tourist Village.

Ponmudi: It is a favourite spot of adventure enthusiasts which is filled with thick tropical forests, mist covered hill ranges and steep climb.

Napier Museum: Built in Indo-Saracenic styles of architecture, the Napier Museum is one of the most visited art and natural history museums in India.

Kanakakunnu Palace: The red facade, traditional roof patterns and lovely designs of Kanakakunnu Palace adds to its architectural beauty.

Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple: This ancient rock-cut cave temple is furnished in granite which houses an independent sculpture of Dakshinamurthy and unfinished sculptures of Siva and Parvathi.

Kovalam Beach: This falcate shaped beach lined with coconut trees is the topmost beach attraction in Trivandrum.

Varkala: Varkala is a place of spiritual significance.

Shanghumukham Beach: The huge Matsyakanyaka (mermaid) Sculpture is the prime attraction of this beach.

Neyyar Dam & Wildlife Sanctuary: Neyyar Dam and Wildlife Sanctuary are a famous picnicking spot in Trivandrum. Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary has a wonderful collection of colourful orchids.

Thiruvananthapuram Zoo and Museum: It is one of the prominent to visit in Trivandrum.

Poovar: This scenic beach destination is a haven for those seeking utter rest and relaxation.

Kowdiar Palace: An exemplar of hybrid architecture, the Kowdiar Palace is a fusion of Kerala and Dravidian architectural styles.

Priyadarshini Planetarium: Priyadarshini Planetarium is heaven for astrophiles.

Best Time To Visit:

  • Trivandrum can be visited throughout the year. But October to February is regarded as the best time to visit Trivandrum.
  • Trivandrum witnesses a high footfall of vacationers during the winter months of October to February when the temperature drops down to 15 degree Celsius. As the summer month from March to June is blistering with high humidity, it is not an advisable season to visit Trivandrum.
  • The minimum temperature during this season ranges around 22 degree Celsius, while the maximum temperature rises up to 35 degree Celsius. Even though the abundant regular downpours and extreme humidity restricts touristic possibilities, the monsoon season that falls between the months of July to September is the ideal time for trying Ayurvedic treatment in Trivandrum along with local sightseeing.

Things to Do

  • Swimming.
  • Surfing.
  • Skiing.
  • Parasailing.
  • Catamaran ride.
  • Scuba diving.
  • Shopping.
  • Sightseeing.

To Shop

  • Souvenirs, handicrafts and paintings can be purchased from S.M.S.M. Kerala Government Emporium.
  • The Chalai market contains several shops that sell various items like wooden artefacts, coir artefacts, brass items, handicrafts etc.
  • Balaramapuram Kaithari is one of the best places in Trivandrum to buy traditional Keralite clothes.
  • You can buy fresh spices and clothes at a cheap rate from the Connemara Market.
  • Coffee and tea leaves & variety of nuts can be purchased from Sankers Coffee and Tea.
  • The Attukal Shopping Complex is a one-stop shop for almost every item.

Travel Tip

  • Please ensure you carry some sort of identity proof with you.
  • While visiting the temples, make sure to follow the dress codes.
  • Sunscreen, cotton clothes, sunglasses and hats are a must.
  • Don't forget to carry an Umbrella, especially during the monsoon season.

Getting There

 By Air - Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest airport to Trivandrum which is situated at a distance of 6.7 Km.

 By Rail - Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Trivandrum which is located at a distance of 5.6 Km.

 By Road - Many State transport buses and private buses are easily available from major cities of the country like Alleppey, Kochi, Bangalore, Madurai, Chennai, etc to Trivandrum.