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Tourist Attractions in Trivandrum

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Tourist Attractions in Trivandrum
The main tourist attractions in Trivandrum are its beaches, backwater areas, temples and museums. These tourist attractions are the Shanghumukham Beach, Veli Tourist Village, Akkulam Tourist Village, Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple, Kuthiramalika (Puthenmalika) Palace Museum and the Museum complex, Kanakakunnu palace, Thiruvallam, Kovalam beach, Neyyar Dam, Varkala, Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary.


Veli Tourist Village
The Veli tourist village is sandwiched between the Veli lagoon and the Arabian Sea. This picnic spot is about 8 kms from Trivandrum. The lagoon here is separated from the sea by a narrow sand bar. Various facilities are available at the village

Veli Tourist Village, Trivandrum

which includes water sports in the lagoon and an 18 acre waterfront park with a floating bridge that connects the village to the beach. Paddleboats and speedboats can be hired at this place to explore the charms of the lagoon in a leisurely way. The children can also enjoy climbing over the huge sculptures which dot the landscape.


Akkulam Tourist Village
Akkulam Tourist Village is a popular picnic spot with boating facilities on the lake and a well equipped children's park. A swimming pool is also here in this village.


Thiruvallam is a serene backwater destination, located about 10 km from Trivandrum. This backwater destination is located near Kovalam and famous for the canoe rides.


Kovalam Beach, Trivandrum

Kovalam Beach

Kovalam Beach
Kovalam Beach is the internationally renowned beach in Kerala. This beach is located about 16 kms from Trivandrum and has been a favourite tourist place since 1930. Kovalam consists of three adjacent crescent shaped and palm fringed beaches. The southernmost beach is known as the Lighthouse beach and is the most popular beach. The Lighthouse beach and Hawah beach are separated from less populated beaches north and south by rocky highlands. The town proper is at Kovalam Junction, about 1.5 kms. from the beaches. Accommodation of every type and to suit every type of budget is available here. The beaches are visited for sunbathing, watersports, shopping, catamaran cruising, yoga, meditation and rejuvenative Ayurvedic body toning massages.


Shanghumukham Beach
The Shanghumukham Beach is located about 16 kms from Trivandrum. This beach is a favourite place for the sunset viewers. The main attractions of this beach are an indoor recreation club, the Matsya Kanyaka (a gigantic, 35 m long sculpture of a mermaid) and a restaurant shaped like a starfish. The beach is situated nearby Thiruvananthapuram airport and Veli Tourist Village.


Kuthiramalika (Puthenmalika) Palace Museum
The Kuthiramalika palace was built by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Verma, the king of Travancore. This palace is a rare specimen of workmanship in the traditional Travancore style architecture and also has exquisite wood carvings. The palace which is today a museum, is located near the Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple. This palace museum displays paintings and various priceless collections of the royal family.

Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple

The most famous temple of Trivandrum is the beautiful Sree Padmanabha Swami temple, that is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple is located inside the East fort. This temple is perfect blend of Kerala and Dravidian styles of sculpture and architecture. It is known for its mural paintings and stone carvings. This temple  is one of the 108

Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple, Trivandrum

sacred Vishnu temples in India. In this temple, the Lord Vishnu reclines on Anantha, the serpent. Only Hindus in traditional attire can enter this temple.


Padmanabhapuram Palace
Padmanabhapuram Palace, the majestic old palace is situated on the way to Nagercoil, about 54 kms. from Trivandrum. This palace is famous for its 17th and 18th century murals, carved Mahogany ceiling, coloured mica windows, secret underground passages, inner courtyards, durbar hall, museum, four poster medicinal bed, Belgian mirrors, pictures of Lord Krishna, granite dance halls and special black shiny halls made of a unique combination of egg white, jaggery, lime, burnt coconut, charcoal and river sand. The palace is built in the traditional Travancore style of architecture.

Science & Technology Museum & Priyadarshini Planetarium:

Science & Technology Museum was established to provide a complete insight into the achievements of India in the fields of science and technology. A visit to this museum is indeed a great learning experience. Some of the exhibits include science, technology and electronic devices. The Priyadarshini Planetarium and Biotechnology Museum is also located inside the museum.


The observatory s located at the highest point in the city, near the Museum complex and about 60 metres above the sea level. From here one can have a bird's eye view of the city.

Museum Complex

The other main tourist attraction is the Museum complex. This museum complex consists of the Napier Museum, Sree Chithra Art Gallery and the Zoological park.

The Napier Museum was built in the 19th century in the Indo-Saracenic architecture. This museum has a natural air-conditioning system and houses a rare collection of archaeological and historical artifacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings.

Sree Chithra Art Gallery is located near the Napier Museum. This art gallery displays the selected paintings of Raja Ravi Verma, Svetlova and Nicholas Roerich and exquisite works from the Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools of art in India. The collection also includes paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali.

The Zoological Park is one of the first zoos in India, which is located in a well-planned botanical garden. The huge trees of frangipani and jacaranda dotted the sprawling lawns of the park and various wild fowl swim in the lake. This park is like a small jungle in the heart of the city and houses a reptile house with rare species of snakes and other reptiles.

Kanakakunnu Palace

The Kanakakunnu palace and its sprawling grounds are today the venue for many cultural meets and programmes.


Neyyar Dam
Neyyar Dam is a popular picnic spot, situated about 32 kms from Trivandrum. Neyyar Dam has a watchtower, crocodile farm, lion safari park and deer park. Boating facilities are also available on the reservoir.

Aruvikkara Dam
Aruvikkara Dam is a picturesque picnic spot on

Neyyar Dam, Trivandrum

the banks of the Karamana river. Near the Durga temple here is a stream full of fish that fearlessly come close to the shore to be fed by the visitors.


Vizhinjam Rock cut Cave Temple
In the Vizhinjam Rock cut Cave Temple, there are rock cut sculptures of the 18th century. The granite cave here encloses a one-celled shrine with a loose sculpture of Vinanadhara Dakshinamurthi. The outer wall of the cave temple depicts half complete relics of the Hindu God Shiva with goddess Parvathi.


Varkala is a seaside resort and spa. It is also an important Hindu centre of pilgrimage. The final refuge of the Sree Narayan Guru, the great social reformer is located near Varkala, on the top of hill, called Sivagiri. The high cliffs with mineral springs rise majestically from the coastline. According to the myths, the sage Narada was approached by a group of mendicants who confessed to have been sinned. The Narada threw his valkkalam (cloth made of the bark of a tree) into the air, and the place where it landed was known as Varkala. The mendicants were directed by the Narada to offer their prayers in the newly created place by the seashore. The place where they prayed for redemption was known as the Papanasham (redemption from sins) Beach. The Papanasham beach is a quiet, secluded beach of sand and known for its mineral springs and rocky cliffs. The main attractions here are the 2000 year old Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple, the Nature Care Centre and a century old tunnel.


Varkala Beach, Trivandrum

Varkala Beach

Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is located about 50 kms from Trivandrum. This sanctuary is spread over an area of 53 square kms. on the Western Ghats and is easily accessible from Vithurai, which is located on the way to Ponmudi. Peppara wildlife sanctuary has a rich variety of flora and fauna and dotted with hillocks, forests and eucalyptus plantations. The animals which can be seen here include elephant, sambar, leopard and lion-tailed macaque.


Ponmudi is situated about 61 kms. from Trivandrum. Ponmudi is an idyllic hill resort with narrow, winding pathways and cool, green, wooded environment. Ponmudi is located at a height of 915 metres above sea level. Ponmudi is well known for its beautiful mountain flowers, exotic butterflies, small rivulets and springs. This hill station also has excellent trekking trails.


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