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Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple:

This three century-old temple is one of the richest shrines in the world. There is an estimated royal treasure of 90000 crores in its secret cellars. Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple is located in the heart of the city and spills over 2400 sq metres in an ancient enclosure. Its main entrance is a seven-tier gopuram (gateway tower) and the vast temple complex is full of awe inspiring structures depicting episodes from the life of Lord Vishnu. In the inner sanctum, there is a huge idol of Lord Padmanabha (Lord Vishnu) reclining on a sacred serpent ‘Anantha’ which is said to have made with over 10,000 salagramam (sacred stones) transported from Nepal on elephants. The musical pillars (pillars made of stone that produces an echo effect), golden mandap and the 500 pillared corridor embedded with numerous sculptures and mural paintings gives an unmistakable stamp of royal authority.

Visiting Time: 3:30am to 12:00pm and 5:00pm to 7:20pm

 

Kuthiramalika Palace Museum:

Kuthiramalika Palace (Horse Mansion) is a unique palace designed by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal (the famous singer-king of Travancore) and is located on the south-eastern side of Padmanabhaswamy Temple.  The name is derived from its horse shaped windows and exquisite series of sculptured prancing horses that line in the first floor gallery. The structure, decor and the priceless artefacts displayed here gives a glimpse of the royal splendour. The palace is the venue for the famous annual Swathi Thirunal music festival honoring this composer-king.

Visiting Time: 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM. (Monday holiday)

 

Napier Museum and Chitra Art Gallery:

Nestled within the city limits, the North Park Ground is an oasis of hilly woodland that houses The Napier Museum, Chitra Art Gallery, Botanical Garden, Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, Reptile House and Museum of Natural History within its compound.

 

The famous Napier Museum date back to 1880 and is a blend of Kerala, Mughal, Chinese and Italian architecture.  The gothic styled roof and minarets, tall slender towers and the stained glass windows together gives it an impression of huge gossamer light. The museum houses a rare collection of historic artefacts, bronze idols, wooden and ivory carvings dating back to 8th century. Many rare coins from the Chera, Chola and Pandya dynasties and life- size Kathakali figures are here.

 

Chitra Art Gallery showcases a vast collection of ancient and modern paintings from India and South-East Asia, especially from Mughal, Rajasthani, Tanjore, Roerich, China, Japan, Tibet, and Bali schools. The main attraction here is the famous oil paintings of Raja Ravi Varma.

 

Down the Royal Road, there is Kowdiar Palace which is the official residence of the royal family members. Public is allowed tohave a look at this architectural wonder from outside only.

Visiting Hours:10:00am – 4:45pm.  Closed on Mondays 

 

Trivandrum Golf Club:

Situated adjacent to Kowdiar Palace, the Thiruvananthapuram Golf Club is spread over a sprawling 25 acres with more than 3400 trees of over 1000 species. Guests and non-members can play here.

 

Kanaka Kunnu Palace (Golden Hill Palace):

Kanaka kunnu Palace is the focal point of the city’s cultural activities. The spacious building was once the banquet palace for royal guests and its sprawling gardens ablaze with flowers is a visual treat. The grand lit up lawns are now open air auditoriums where many cultural events houses.

 

Shanghumugham Beach:

Shanmugham Beach is just 8 kms from Thiruvananthapuram. It is a less crowded beach and noted for its clean and pristine atmosphere. Away from the bustles of the city, it is a perfect spot for some relaxation after the day’s sight-seeing excursions. The eateries lining up the beach offers authentic Kerala cuisine, especially sea food.

 

Veli Tourism Village:

Kochu Veli, located 8 kms from Thiruvananthapuram city is a small strip of land where the placid back waters merges with the boundless blue of Arabian Sea. It is a must visit picnic spot in Thiruvananthapuram and is developed as a tourist village.  The water front park here with wading pool, boating facilities, floating restaurant, promenades, floating bridge, aqua sports facilities and a beautiful garden entertains endless visitors.  Just sit back by the cool lake side or take a stroll through the floating bridge, you will have an incredible experience.

Visiting time: 06:00am to 06:00pm

 

Places around Thiruvananthapuram

Kovalam:

Located nearly 10 kms from Thiruvananthapuram, the sunny beaches and famous blue waters of Kovalam needs no introduction. It is one of the most sought beach destination in the country. Click here to read more about Kovalam

 

Vizhinjam:

Vizhinjam is an unspoilt beach at a distance of 3 kms from Kovalam. It is less crowded than Kovalam, it has got a slice of local life and an air of serenity. Click here to know more

 

Varkala:

Varkala, 51 kms North to Thiruvananthapuram city is popular due to it’s beach and waterways. The Jananrdana Swami Temple here is also a renowned Hindu pilgrim centre.  Papanasam beach  Varkala, surrounded by cliffs is pristine and known for its beauty. Boating through Ashtamudi Kayal to the nearest city-Kollam is a great experience, especially as the boat passes through two tunnels in the hills.

 

Neyyar Dam and Wildlife Sanctuary:

Neyyar Dam is located about 30 kms away from Thiruvananthapuram city. Tucked in the southern low hills of the Western Ghats, it is an eco tourism spot with a beautiful lake, a wild life sanctuary, crocodile-park and a 60 year old dam encompassed in a large park ideal for family picnic.  Click here to know more.

 

Agasthyagoodam:

Agasthyavanam is an eco tourism centre 12kms from Neyyar. From the Lion Safari Park, there are trekking possibilities to Agasthyagoodam. Click here to view more.

 

Poovar:

This coastal village in Thiruvananthapuram is yet another pristine beach destination.  Stay here at one of the beach facing resorts and enjoy the cool breeze that the swaying coconut palms bring. Enjoy boating and water sports in the blue ocean and stroll through the tranquil beaches. Indulge yourself in a rejuvenating Ayurvedic massage at a beach side resort. Click here to know more about Ayurvedic Packages.

 

Akkulam:
Akkulam is about 10 km from Thiruvananthapuram city and is well as a picnic and backwater destination. Akkulam Lake which is an extension of Veli offers boating and water sport facilities.
Visiting time: 10:00am to 07.00pm

 

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram:
 
Thiruvananthapuram is an ideal choice if you love a great holiday at beaches and backwaters. There are ample opportunities inside the city to get soaked in Kerala culture and history. Experience a perfect relaxation and rejuvenation with Ayurvedic treatments. The adventurous tourists can extend their holidays to Ponmudi and Agasthyagoodam.

 

The road that stretching M G Road- Chalai Bazaar- Paalayam offers everything of interest in terms of shopping-jewellery shops, handicrafts, kerala sarees, silks, spices, antique furniture. The main market is the frenzied Chalai Bazaar worth visiting for the buzz as much as the bargains.