Thiruvananthapuram District


Thiruvananthapuram:

Jewel in the crown of Kerala

Located in the southwestern tip of India, Thiruvananthapuram is bound by the Arabian Sea in the West and Tamil Nadu in the East. Named after Anantha Padmanabha or Lord Vishnu, the city and district is home to many ancient temples. But the greatest of these landmarks is the famous Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple, around which the city has been built, on seven low hills. The Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, a highly venerated temple for Keralites, in the heart of the city, is devoted to the deity Lord Anantha and is one of the richest temples in the world.

The wooded highlands of the Western Ghats on the eastern and northeastern borders endow Thiruvananthapuram with some of the most enchanting picnic spots. It is bordered by Tirunelveli in the East, Kanyakumari to its South and Kollam district in the North.  Thiruvananthapuram is a must on the itinerary of any visitor to South India.

A long shoreline with internationally renowned beaches, historic monuments, backwater stretches and a rich cultural heritage makes this city and district a  highly sought-after tourist destination. Clean and green, Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala, is one of the most beautiful cities in the country.

The city, being the state capital, is the hub of all political upheavals in the state as well as the political nerve-centre of the state by all parameters.  The political background notwithstanding, the city in itself is a marvelously beautiful place with its seven green hills, numerous beaches and a typical sunbathed tropical climate. It has many other facets, like low undulating hills, narrow by- lanes, Super-Specialty hospitals, Yoga & massage centres and traditional medicine practitioners, i.e. the Ayurveda doctors..  There are a number of ayurvedic massage parlours promising authentic massage with herbal oils, a craze with tourists, but here you must be choosy and take advice of authorized travel centres or your friends. The better hotels of the city may also recommend the authentic ones.

The people of the city are lovers of art and the traditional dance form, Kathakali, which literally means “the art of telling a story”, should just not be missed when you are in Thiruvananthapuram.  You will also find that the majority of people in the city can understand and converse in English. The population of the city is close to six million today, with Hindus, Muslims and Christians forming the major religious communities. The people are generally peace loving and hardly any tensions are reported on religious lines.

Thiruvananthapuram is well connected to all the major cities of India  by rail, road and air. T he road along the sea shore is a pleasure to drive along. The Thiruvananthapuram International Airport located just 6 kms. from the city, is linked with direct flights from the  Middle East and many important tourist and business destinations of the world. The best time to  visit Thiruvananthapuram is from August to April.. The temperatures during the month of December are just right for lazing around on the beautiful beaches of God’s Own Country.

There are direct trains from Thiruvananthapuram to all the main towns in Kerala as well as the major cities in India. Railway enquiry Telephone: : 132
Long distance buses operate from the Central Bus Station at Thampanoor, opposite the Central Railway Station.

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Nearby Tourist Destinations

Museum and Zoo

The Museum building itself is an architectural splendor. The Napier Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Reptile House and the Shri Chitra Art Gallery are all within the zoo complex, amidst a well laid –out garden and park

Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple

Located inside the East Fort in Thiruvananthapuram, the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple is a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture.
The history of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple dates back to the 8th century. It is one of the 108 sacred Vishnu temples or Divya Desams in India. Divya Desams are the holiest abodes of the Lord Vishnu that are mentioned in the works of the Tamil Azhvars (saints).

Palayam St. Joseph’s Church

St.Joseph’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Palayam, Trivandrum, (Palayam Palli) is the Cathedral Church of the Latin Archdiocese of Trivandrum. This 140-year old grand monumental Gothic structure has a moderate beginning. The initial Church was constructed in 1873 as a parish church to look after the spiritual needs of a few Catholic military men and a few Catholic families who mainly migrated from the coastal regions of erstwhile Travancore state

Beema Palli

An important place of Muslim worship, the Beemapalli Dargah Shareef is dedicated to Bee Umma, a pious Muslim woman who was believed to possess great spiritual powers. The Chandanakudam festival at Beemapalli, lasting for 10 days, is one of the most colourful events. It is located 12 km. southwest of

Kuthiramalika Palace Museum

Located adjacent to Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple at East Fort in Thiruvananthapuram,
the palace was built by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma - the King of Travancore, who was a great poet, musician, social reformer and statesman.

Zoological Park

One of the first zoos in India, it was established as early as 1859. A reptile house with different species of snakes and a vulture house are also located within the premises. Plastic is banned inside the park.

Sree Chithra Enclave

Opened in 1993, this museum depicts the history of the Travancore Royal Family and displays their personal belongings and artefacts. Old newspaper footage and deeds describing events are also exhibited.

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum, a modern building houses some excellent galleries like the skeletal, bird, animal and taxidermy gallery as well as a museum. MuseumTimings: Open 10.00 - 17.00 hrs, Wednesday 13.00 - 16.45 hrs. Closed on Mondays.

Sree Chitra  Art Gallery

Located near the Napier Museum, this art gallery opened in 1935 by then  Maharaja Sree Chithira Thirunal, displays original paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlova and Nicholas Roerich; exquisite works from the Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools of art in India

The Kanakakunnu Palace

The Kanakakunnu Palace and its sprawling grounds are today the venue for many cultural meets and programmes. Ph: 2314615

The Science and Technology Museum

The Science and Technology Museum Complex at Thiruvananthapuram houses galleries on electricity, electronics, power & motion, mechanics, popular science, mathematics, solar energy as well as automobile, computer and biomedical engineering.

Priyadarshini Planetarium

Opened in 1994, this is one of the most versatile planetariums in the country. The main GM-11 star field projector here can project almost all the constituents of the visible universe

Chacha Nehru Museum

The Chacha Nehru Children's Museum is situated at Thiruvananthapuram district in Kerala. Children of all age groups will enjoy the vast collection of nearly 2000 dolls, stamps and masks displayed here

Margi Arts Performance

Performances of Kathakali and other art forms of Kerala in an ethnic atmosphere is the major attraction. Here one can also watch Kathakali artistes in the process of making up their face.

Napier Museum

Napier Museum is situated in the Museum compound, right in the heart of the city, near the zoological park.  Napier Museum was built in the 19th century.

Keralam Museum

Kerala has a fascinating history that blends with the myths and legends of this land and possesses the alluring aroma of spices. The state has an assortment of exhibits that take you into the world of yesteryears.


Akkulam

 Akkulam is a one of the beautiful picnic spots, in the suburbs of Thiruvananthapuram city. A backwater destination and a beautiful picnic spot, this place is only 10 Km. away and is easily accessable by road.

Assembly

Located at Palayam, the building where the Legislative Assembly of Kerala is held, is a beautiful blend of classical and modern splendor.. Situated behind the stately legislative assembly complex, the Legislature Museum throws light into the political history of the State.

Government Secretariat

Built in Roman architectural style, this is the centre of government administration in Kerala and houses the offices of Ministers and the Bureaucracy.

Thiruvananthapuram City

Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala, is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. The city, being the state capital, is the hub of all political upheavals in the state as well as the political nerve-centre of the state by all parameters.  The political background notwithstanding, the city in… read more

Kovalam Beach

While speaking about the beaches of Kerala, no one will ever avoid Kovalam beach which is popularly renowned as  'paradise of the South'. It remains one of the most popular beaches in the state. The beach, located 16 kms away from Trivandrum city, is easily accessible by air as well… read more

Ponmudi

Located just a little over 60 Km. from Thiruvananthapuram city, at an altitude of 915m above sea level, Ponmudi is an enchanting hill resort with narrow winding pathways and cool, green environs.  Along with a beautiful array of mountain flowers, exotic butterflies and small rivulets, Ponmudi also offers excellent opportunities… read more

Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary

Peppara is 50kms. from Thiruvananthapuram on the way to Ponmudi. The sanctuary here, with its rich mammalian fauna and avis, is emerging as a big attraction to wildlife enthusiasts and ornithologists. It was established in 1938 over an area of 53 Sq.Km. on the Western Ghats. Elephants, sambar deer, leopard,… read more

Veli Tourist Village

Veli Lake Veli Lake, with its matchless beauty and charm, has been attracting thousands of tourists from far and near. Many famous tourist spots fall in and around Veli Lake, giving an additional charm to the lake which is counted as one among the major lakes in Kerala. They include… read more

museum and zoo

The Museum building itself is an architectural splendor. The Napier Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Reptile House and the Shri Chitra Art Gallery are all within the zoo complex, amidst a well laid –out garden and park. There is also a boat club jointly operated by the Department of… read more

Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple

Located inside the East Fort in Thiruvananthapuram, the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple is a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture. The history of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple dates back to the 8th century. It is one of the 108 sacred Vishnu temples or Divya… read more

Beemapally Mosque Thiruvananthapuram

Beemapally Mosque is situated in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala. The mosque is widely visited by people of all religions and castes. Tomb of Syedunnisa Beema Beevi is one of the major attractions of this mosque. She was a Muslim lady who had divine powers.  Her son Syedushuhadamaheen Abubacker also… read more

Kuthiramalika Palace Museum Trivandrum

Kuthiramalika Palace Museum is located at East Fort, in close proximity to the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. The two-storied palace itself is noted for its structural excellence and fills the minds of everyone who visits the museum. The palace museum is also called Puthenmalika Palace Museum or horse palace. Currently the… read more

Zoological Park

One of the first zoos in India, it was established as early as 1859. A reptile house with different species of snakes and a vulture house are also located within the premises. Plastic is banned inside the park. Entrance fee: Adults: Rs. 10, Children between 5 - 12 yrs: Rs.… read more

Sree Chithra Enclave

Opened in 1993, this museum depicts the history of the Travancore Royal Family and displays their personal belongings and artefacts. Old newspaper footage and deeds describing events are also exhibited. Sree Chithra Enclave is located inside the Museum Complex in Thiruvananthapuram.   read more

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum, a modern building houses some excellent galleries like the skeletal, bird, animal and taxidermy gallery as well as a museum. MuseumTimings: Open 10.00 - 17.00 hrs, Wednesday 13.00 - 16.45 hrs. Closed on Mondays.   read more

Sree Chitra Art Gallery

Located near the Napier Museum, this art gallery opened in 1935 by then  Maharaja Sree Chithira Thirunal, displays original paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlova and Nicholas Roerich; exquisite works from the Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools of art in India as well as paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and… read more

Kanakakunnu Palace

Kanakakunnu Palace was constructed during the reign of His Highness Sree Moolam Thirunal Maharaja, a famous Travancore king who ruled the Travancore Kingdom from 1885 to 1924. The palace was originally used as the guest house by the Travancore kings. Kanakakunnu Palace now belongs to the Kerala State Government. The… read more

The Science and Technology Museum

The Science and Technology Museum Complex at Thiruvananthapuram houses galleries on electricity, electronics, power & motion, mechanics, popular science, mathematics, solar energy as well as automobile, computer and biomedical engineering. Visiting Hours: Open 10.00 - 17.00 hrs. Closed on Mondays.   read more

Planetarium

Priyadarshini Planetarium, Thiruvananthapuram Planetariums always attract people of all sorts. And if the visitor has a curious mind to know the deep-nature of space, a visit would be more enjoyable. If the visitor has an aptitude towards science, then the amount of interest and reaches will know no bounds. All… read more

Chacha Nehru Children's Museum Trivandrum

Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum Thiruvananthapuram remains a major attraction for the children of all ages. It is also called Dolls house. Children’s Museum in Thiruvananthapuram, established in the year 1980, is named after Children’s loving friend Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru whom they called Chacha Nehru with love. Located at Thycaud which… read more

Margi Arts Performance

Performances of Kathakali and other art forms of Kerala in an ethnic atmosphere is the major attraction. Here one can also watch Kathakali artistes in the process of making up their face. Margi is one of the ideal destinations for art lovers. One can watch the performance of some of… read more

Napier Museum

Napier Museum is situated in the Museum compound, right in the heart of the city, near the zoological park.  Napier Museum was built in the 19th century. This Indo-Saracenic structure boasts a natural air-conditioning system and houses a rare collection of archaeological and historic artefacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a… read more

Akkulam Lake

Akkulam Lake, an extension of the Veli Lake, is one of the must-see tourist destinations in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kerala. The spot, being just a few minutes' drive (10 km) away from the city and having easier access to Thiruvananthapuram International airport, is widely visited by tourists from across the globe.… read more

Legislative Assembly Building

Kerala Government Secretariat (Niyama Sabha Mandiram in native Malayalam language) holds the most prominent and top position among all the places of historical importance because it is here that all the state ministries and bureaucratic offices are functioning. Further, it is impossible to learn about the history of Kerala without… read more

Secretariat (Niyama Sabha)

Kerala Government Secretariat building (Niyama Sabha Mandiram in native Malayalam language) is the most prominent historical place in Kerala. It is the headquarters of the state ministries and bureaucratic offices. Further, it is impossible to learn about the history of Kerala without starting from here. Located at Palayam, in the heart of Thiruvananthapuram… read more

Attukal Bhagavathi Temple

Attukal Bhagavathy Temple (Mudippura), located in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala state, is one of the major Hindu pilgrim centers in Kerala. Attukal Ponkala, mainly done by women folk, is one of the major festivals here. Every year, thousands of Hindu womenfolk flow to Attukal Bhagavathy Temple for conducting Attukal Ponkala… read more

Thiruvananthapuram International Airport

Trivandrum International Airport is the third among all international airports in Kerala. This is the first built airport in Kerala, and the first built airport in a non-metro city in India. There are many top tourist destinations in and around this airport and Kovalam beach is one among them. Thus,… read more

Neyyar Dam

Neyyar dam is situated at Kallikkad Panchayath of Neyyattinkara Taluk. The peak Agasthya kooodam is very near to Neyyar dam. The dam was built in the land given by an agriculturist known as Karuvachiyil Krishan Panicker, Maruthummoottil family,and his other family members for irrigation purposes. One canal of Neyyar flows… read more

Padmanabhapuram Palace

A magnificent wooden palace of the 16th century, Padmanabhapuram Palace lies at the land's end of mainland India - Kanyakumari. An enticing edifice to any lover of art and architecture, this old palace of the Rajas of the erstwhile Travancore (1550 to 1750 AD), is a fine specimen of Kerala's… read more

Veli Lake

Visiting Veli Lake, you will understand that this is not just a mere tourist spot but rather one of the must-see destinations in one's life. It is counted among the most charming lakes in Kerala. One of the most interesting features about Veli Lake is that it is close to… read more

Varkala Papanasam Beach

Varkala Papanasam beach is one of the top tourist destinations located in the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram district. It can be reached within an hour's drive from Thiruvananthapuram international airport that  lies around 51 km away or from Kollam Town railway station that is around 37 km away. Varkala is a… read more

Thiruvallam

Thiruvallam is one of the top and most famous backwater destinations in Kerala. It falls in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala state. Awesome beauty of backwaters of Thiruvallam is the gift of wide varieties of both flora and fauna that grow in the area. The banks are made absolutely stunning by… read more

Palayam St Josephs Church

St.Joseph’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Palayam, Trivandrum, (Palayam Palli) is the Cathedral Church of the Latin Archdiocese of Trivandrum. This 140-year old grand monumental Gothic structure has a moderate beginning. The initial Church was constructed in 1873 as a parish church to look after the spiritual needs of a few Catholic military… read more

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