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Also known as: Trivandrum
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Population: 7.44 Lac

Thiruvananthapuram which was previously called Trivandrum, is an ancient city with tradition dating back to 1000 BC. Thiruvananthapuram became the capital of Raja of Travancore in 1750. The name is derived from 'Tiru Ananta Puram', the abode of the Sacred serpent Ananta, upon whose coils Vishnu lies in the main temple.

It is a peaceful attractive city built across seven hills, the city's old quarter clusters around the temple, while along the busy Mahatma Gamdhi Road are colonial mansions, churches and modern high-rises. Thiruvananthapuram had managed to retain some of the ambience characteristics of Kerala such as red tiled roofs, narrow winding lanes and intimate corner cafes.

Extensive backwaters provide plenty of water resouce for all. The kings who ruled there have called themselves "Padmanabha-Dasa" or the "servants of LORD Anantha Padmanabha", and ruled the state as the representatives of Lord Anantha Padmanabha. Thiruvananthapuram has many enchanting picnic spots. Thiruvananthapuram and its famous beaches are one of the top tourist destination of Tourists in India.

Major Attractions

 

Napier Museum
Built in the 19th century, it is a wonderful instance of the rich history of Kerala. The architecture of this museum features a rare combination of traditional Kerala, Mughal, Chinese, and Italian styles. You will come across ancient archaeological artifacts and exquisite paintings here.

Agastyarkoodam
It is lofty peak located in the Western Ghats rising to an altitude of more than 1800 meters and takes the shape of a sharp cone. This peak can be reached on foot and is ideal for trekking.

Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple
This is a splendid temple and stands by a tank, the Padmatheertham. This temple has amazing architectural brilliance and houses the deity is of Lord Vishnu in a reclining posture. This temple is one of the most attractive things to watch in Trivandrum especially for the pilgrimage tourists and should not be missed out at any cost.

Akkulam Lake
It is undoubtedly one of the most important places of tourist interest in Trivandrum. Located near the lake is a childrenís park and you can also get boating facilities at this place. It is also an ideal venue for picnic as it forms a beautiful locale to unwind and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Neyyar Dam
It is a wonderful dam located near the ranges of Western Ghats, and is a well-liked tourist spot. This dam is also an ideal spot for the picnic and for spending some quality moments with friends and family.

 

Nearby Excursions

 

Munnar
It is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations near Trivandrum and attracts a large number of tourists from all over the world. It is nestled in the southern Western Ghats in the Idukki district and is acclaimed for its scenic beauty and tea plantations. The important attractions at this place are Mattupetty Dam, Eravikulam (Rajamalai) National Park, Anamudi Peak, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Echo Point, Kundala Lake, Atukkad Waterfalls and Blossom Garden.

Cochin
It is a bustling town of Kerala and a busy commercial port. This was also an important point of spice trade for the Arabs, the Dutch, Portuguese and Chinese. It is a clean and quiet town and one of the major tourist sites near Trivandrum. While on a tour to this town you can pay visit to Hill Palace Museum, Fort Kochi, Willingdon Island, Dutch Palace, St. Francis Church, Jew Street, Synagogue and Cherai Beach.

Alleppey
Also known as Alappuzha, it is a bewitching town recognized for its mesmerizing backwaters and scenic beauty. The things to watch at this place are Arthunkal, Chettikulangara Bhagawathy Temple and Alleppey Boat Races.

Thekkady
It is an exquisite place located in central Kerala and here you can see nature at its best. The lush greenery and breathtaking landscape is surely going to make for a great time for you among the various tourist places near Trivandrum. It has to offer lots of things to take pleasure in including Chellarkovil, Kurisumala, Mangala Devi Temple, Pullumedu and Vandiperiyar.

Kumarakom
While on your tour to Kerala, donít forget to pay a visit to this enchanting tourist destination which is located on the shore of the placid Vembanad Lake and is a nature loverís paradise. This place has numerous attractions to offer to the tourists that comprise Water Bird Sanctuary, Vembanad Lake and Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls. The backwater cruise at this place will be equally thrilling and delightful.

Fun Festives

 

Onam

Onam is the main festival of Trivandrum, which is celebrated in the month of August or September. This is the harvest festival of Trivandrum and signifies association of the people with agriculture. Christmas is the other festival of this part of the country and Trivandrum wears a colourful look during this time of the year. Classical Music Festival is celebrated from January 27 to February 3 every year and is a great time to enjoy for the lovers of pure classical music forms such as Carnatic and Hindustani music in Trivandrum, India.

 

Distance from major cities
Alleppey 152 Kms
Cochin 207 Kms
Kumarakom 179 Kms

 

How to reach there

by Air Trivandrum Airport is well connected with all major cities of India.
by Rail Trivandrum Railway Station is well connected all major states & cities of India.
by Road Trivandrum is well connected with all major cities of Kerala.

Recommended Restaurants

  • Chefmaster Family Restaurant, Trivandrum

  • Square One Homemade Treats, Trivandrum

  • Star fish Restaurant, Trivandrum

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