Thiruvananthapuram


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The capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram also known as Trivandrum is known for its rolling low coastal hills and busy business alleys. The political nerve centre of Kerala it has several Central and State Government offices. It is also home to several prestigious educational, science, technology and research institutions such as Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Technopark and the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER).

The city built on seven hills is named after the fabled serpent God 'Anantha' on whom Sri Anantha Padmanabhan (Lord Vishnu) reclines. The Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple here is 2000 years old. Thiruvananthapuram also known as Trivandrum, had trading links with the rest of the world from as early as 1000 BC.

Thiruvananthapuram continues to be an important trading centre with several communication links to Maldives, Sri Lanka and countries to the West of the Arabian Sea. The city has numerous places of interest and offers all that a tourist seeks.


Fact File  
Area 2579 sq kms
Population 25,84,118
Best time to visit August to March end
Temperature 22.4 – 36 Degree Celsius
STD Code 0474

 


Attractions

Padmanabhapuram Palace

About 60 km from Thiruvananthapuram, the Padmanabhapuram Palace was once the home of the Royal family of Travancore. The palace, with intricate carvings on wood and other spectacular woodwork is one of the finest examples of the expertise of the artisans of Kerala. Though the palace is now in the State...

Neyyar

Neyyar is known for its dam, lion reserve and wildlife sanctuary. The dam situated on the foot of the Western Ghats is a popular picnic spot. It is at a distance of 30km from Thiruvananthapuram. The lion reserve has boating facilities in addition to a crocodile farm. A mini-sanctuary, the lake garden...

Ponmudi

The enchanting hill station of Ponmudi is at a distance of 61 kms from Thiruvanthapuram. Located 915 metres above sea level, its narrow, winding pathways and dark woods make it an exotic location. A multitude of beautiful wild flowers, colourful butterflies, rivulets and springs and the deer park nearby...

Kovalam Beach

Just 16 km away from Thiruvananthapuram, the Kovalam Beach is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in India. The crescent shaped beach is thronged by tourists throughout the year. The palm-fringed shores, the azure seas and the beachside restaurants serving delectable seafood dishes make...

Varkala

Famous for its Papanasam Beach, Varkala is a popular tourist hub. It is also a Hindu Pilgrimage centre as a dip in the waters of this beach is believed to wash away one’s sins. The small beach which is flanked by rocky cliffs on either side doesn’t take long to be explored. Sivagiri Mutt,...

Padmanabha Swamy Temple

A temple dedicated to Lord Padmanabha, it was renovated by Raja Marthanda Varma in the year 1733. The idol is Lord Padmanabha reclining on Anantha (the thousand headed serpent). The sculpture is about 5.5 m long and one of the largest Vishnu Idols in India. The deity reclines in a large dimly lit room...

Napier Museum

Built in the 19th century, the Napier Museum used to display metallic sculptures and some books. A new block was added to the museum in 1880 and now the museum displays bronze idols, ancient ornaments, plastic casts, archeological and historical artifacts, a temple chariot and ivory carvings. Each of...

Veli

Veli is a tourist village situated 8 km away from Trivandrum. Bordered by lagoons and the Arabian Sea, the village has a waterfront park which is quite popular among the tourists. The park has a few joy rides such as motor safaris, power boats, pedal boats or row boats. One can even enjoy kayaks and

Shanghumugham Beach

This place is famous for a 35 m long sculpture of a mermaid that is placed on the beach. The beach is located 8 kms from Thiruvananthapuram city and is adjacent to the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. An idyllic weekend getaway, this expansive sandy beach can accommodate tens of thousands of...

Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary

Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary declared a sanctuary in 1983, is composed of the dense forests and the Peppara dam built on the Karamana River to increase the drinking water supply to Thiruvananthapuram and the adjoining suburbs. The wildlife sanctuary covers an area of 53 sq.kms. with the reservoir spread...
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