was previously called Trivandrum is an ancient city with tradition dating
back to 1000 BC. South Kerala, particularly the Thiruvananthapuram district,
had in the early past a political and cultural history which was in some
respect independent of that of the rest of Kerala. Thiruvananthapuram, the
capital of the state of Kerala is a beautiful seaside city built on seven
hills. It is located on the west coast of India near the extreme south of
the mainland spreading over a total of 2,192sq.km.
In 1684, during the regency of Umayamma Rani, the English East India Company
obtained a piece of land at near Thiruvananthapuram city. It was from here
that the English gradually extended their domain to other parts of
Some of the Places of Trivandrum
Padmanabha Swamy temple
There are a number of tourist attractions in Trivandrum, India. The
Padmanabhaswami temple with its gopuram (tower) soaring majestically
upwards, is believed to be one of the 108 shrines sacred to the Vaishnavites
in India. The idol in the laying position is amazing. The rock curving works
behind the temple is stunning and matchless.
Several kings have also built their palaces in and around the Trivandrum,
India, each more impressive than the other. This observatory, established
over a hundred years ago in Trivandrum in India. Though the city has grown
to a modern metro pole, Trivandrum retains its discreet, old-world charm.
While visiting Trivandrum, one should include the Museum with its profusion
of gables and turrets. One can visualize the fine works of art, the chief
attraction here is the 250-year-old temple car made for Lord Vishnu,
artistically designed and ornamented. It is really worth to visit the museum
you can see objects carved out of wood, models of temple, antique jewellery,
Sri Chitra Art Gallery
Sri Chitra Art Gallery proves to be an ideal place for art lovers. The
large section devoted to the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, an Indian painter
of distinction in the history of the country's modern art. Besides him, the
Indian section also contains works of Rabindranath Tagore, Jamimi Roy, K. K.
Hebar, miniatures from the Rajput and Mughal schools of painting and the
famous Tanjore paintings encrusted with semi-precious stones. Located in the
Napier Museum grounds, Sree Chitra Art Gallery displays select Paintings of
Raja Ravi Varma, 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 gallery's
collection also includes paintings from Indonesia, China, and Japan.
Excursions from Trivandrum (India)
Veli & Shankhumuggam Beach
Two nearby places worth visiting while in Trivandrum are Veli and
Shankhumuggam. Veli has been converted into a superb tourist village and
Shankhumuggam boasts of lovely temples and a huge statue of a mermaid
presently being worked upon by a famous sculptor.
Kovalam lies barely 18 km away Trivandrum. The beach is considered one of
the finest in the world. Besides swimming, there are opportunities for
surfing and water skiing-even an exhilarating catamaran ride into the sea.
Aaranmula Boat Race
The Aaranmula Boat Race is performed every year in the scenic village of
Aaranmula in August / September. This river carnival is part of the
Aaranmula Parthasarthy temple, dedicated to Parthasarathi or Lord Krishna is
said to date back to the days of the Mahabharata. The Vaishnavite Alwar
Saints have sung its glory.
Varkala is a sea side resort, there are a number of hotels came up this
place. It is also an important Hindu centre of pilgrimage. High cliffs with
rich mineral springs rise majestically from the coastline. The 2,000 year
old Janardana Swamy Temple and the Nature Centre are the two main
Agastyarkoodam Peak is a spectacular peak in the Western Ghats that rises
to a majestic height of about 1868 m in the form of a sharp cone. It is
accessible only on foot, with 61 kms of trekking from Bonacaud, and 32 kms
from Neyyar Dam.
Aruvippuram is a pilgrim centre located in a picturesque location, 24 kms
from Trivandrum. It is also a small but lovely picnic spot. The place
derives its name from a stream.
The museum contains a fine collection of Kerala's bronzes, ornaments and
contumes, and a model of "Tharawad' the traditional Nair family home.
Neyyar dam, lying against the southern low hills of the western ghats, 32
kms away from the Trivandrum city is a popular picnic spot with a lake and a
picturesque dam site.
Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary
The Neyyar sanctuary is spread over the Southeast corner of the Western
Ghats, and covers a total area of 128 sq kms. The Neyyar reservoir is easily
navigable and extends 9.06 sq. km.
Every year, from February 21st to 27th renowned classical dancers perform
at the Nisangandhi, an open air theatre in Trivandrum city.
A place of elaborate woodwork, it was the ancient seat of the Travancore
rulers. It contains relics of historical and artistic value.
Paripally, 48 kms north of Trivandrum is noted for its Gajamela or Elephant
pageant. Over 50 elephants are taken out on a ritual procession on the tenth
day of the festival (February- March)
Priyadarshini Planetorium is one of the most sophisticated and versatile
planetaria in India
Located 8 kms from (Trivandrum) Thiruvananthapuram city, the Shankhumugham
Beach is a favourite haunt of sunset watchers. The beach is adjacent to the
Trivandrum Airport and Veli Tourist Village. The long stretch of clean sand
is located near the airport. The water here, however, is not suitable for
Science & Technology Museum
The Science and Technology Museum, situated in Trivandrum
(Thiruvananthapuram) was established with the prime objective of setting up
of galleries with working or animated and participatory type of exhibits, on
all disciplines of Science and Technology.
Vizhinjam Rock Cut Caves
Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave basically constitutes the rock cut sculptures of
the 18th century in the cave temple at Vizhinjam.
Peppara wildlife sanctuary is a 'gene pool' sanctuary, with a rich variety
of flora and fauna over a rugged terrain with running rivulets, rolling
hillocks and green meadows. A boat ride on the site is a fulfilling
Veli Tourist Village
A large recreational centre located near the airport along a sheltered
lagoon offers landscaped gardens and water-sports facilities. It is a
popular picnic spot. Accommodation facilities are available in the youth
Near Kovalam, it's a fishing port, which is also important for an ongoing
pioneer project to generate electricity from wave energy.
Padmanabhapuram Palace is a magnificent palace that speaks volumes about
the ancient architecture of Kerala. Padmanabhapuram palace is a place that
should not be missed at any cost. The palace walls are adorned with ancient
murals that date Padamanabhapuram is 45 Km from the town and is known for
its fort which encloses a beautiful palace and a temple. The Government
Museum has a good collection of old coins, tribal artefacts, bronze
sculptures and wooden carvings. Olakkay Aruvi and Thirparappu Water Falls
are a few outdoors attractions near Kanyakumari.
The distinction of being the southern-most tip of India draws thousands of
tourists to this town. Although Kanyakumari Beach isn't safe for swimming,
the spectacular stretches of sands and the amazing sunrise and sunset views
are the reasons enough to draw tourists. The famous Vivekananda Rock
Memorial, which protrudes into the ocean is one of the most visited
attractions. Regular ferry services to the famous rocks where Swami
Vivekananda meditated, are available.
Another famous monument is the Gandhi Memorial, built over the spot where
the urn containing the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi was kept for public viewing
before immersing them in the waters. The architecture of the memorial
resembles an Orissa temple.
The Kumari Amman or the Kanyakumari Temple, located on the shore is
dedicated to Goddess Parvati. Other famous temples in and around the town
are Alvar Tirunagari Temple dedicated to Lord Adinatha, where saint Namalvar
attained enlightenment under a tree; Temple of Goddess Bhagavati and the
Temple at Suchindram.
Padamanabhapuram is 45 Km from the town and is known for its fort which
encloses a beautiful palace and a temple. The Government Museum has a good
collection of old coins, tribal artefacts, bronze sculptures and wooden
carvings. Olakkay Aruvi and Thirparappu Water Falls are a few outdoors
attractions near Kanyakumari.
September to May Thiruvananthapuram, formerly known as Trivandrum is gateway
to one of the most beautiful Indian states, Kerala
Stretching along the southern coast of the country, with the Backwaters
reaching deep into the verdant countryside, Kerala affords a fascinating
experience. The city of the Thousand - headed Anatha, the holy serpent on
which Lord Vishnu reclines.
Trivandrum is one of the most beautiful cities of India. Perched on
undulating terrain of low coastal hills near the southern edge of the Indian
mainland, clean and green Trivandrum, which was previously called
Trivandrum, is an ancient city with trading tradition dateing back to 1000
The city once formed a part of the capital of Travancore, which had its
capital at Padmanabhapuram, now in Tamilnadu.The city is also a welcome
departure from other large cities of India in its spacious layout and
It is also an excellent base to explore the interiors of Kerala, the
southernmost region of India, and from Kochi, the Lakshadweep Islands. The
city offers all modern facilities needed by a visitor and is a centre for