capital of the state of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram or the City of the Sacred
Snake, is built over seven hills.
Named after Anantha, the thousand - headed serpent of Hindu mythology,
the city once formed a part of the Travancore kingdom, its capital at
Padmanabhapuram, now a part of Tamil Nadu.
Thiruvananthapuram is, decidedly, one of the cleaner and well-planned
cities of the country. The city's scenic appeal, its enchanting beaches,
and overwhelming greenery only add to its uniqueness.
It embodies the magical feel of Kerala, as a whole, and lends terrific
insight into the culture of the state. The red-tiled roofs, the
never-ending stretches of palm trees, the maze of narrow, winding streets
and above all, the sea, make for a fascinating mixture.
There is an element of understated and effortless elegance about the
city, which leaves a lasting impression on the visitor.
Prime Attractions of
Trivandrum » Shree Padhmanabhaswamy Temple
Shree Padhmanabhaswamy temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is held high by the
Hindus from antiquity. The temple has a large complex with a huge gopuram.
It has a tank beside it for ritual bathing.
» The Kanakakunnu Palace
This palace in
the centre of Trivandrum city is one of the most beautiful buildings. The
palace and its sprawling grounds are today the platform for many cultural
» The Museum
The museum building is an
architectural beauty. The napier museum, the natural history museum, the
reptile house and the Shri Chitra Art Gallery are enclosed in the same
complex amidst a picturesquely laid out garden and park.
» Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
km from Kottayam town): Located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, the
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, an ornithologist's paradise, is a favourite
haunt of migratory birds like the Siberian stork, egret, darter, heron and
teal. Other common varieties like the woodpecker, skylark, crane, water
hen and parrots can also be spotted here. A cruise along the Vembanad Lake
is the best way to experience the sanctuary. Pathiramanal, an enchanting
island on the lake, can be accessed by boat from here.
About 12 km from Trivandrum is
Kovalam, one of the finest and spectacular beaches in India. It has been
developed into an integrated seaside resort. The beach complex has many
hotels, cottages, yoga centres etc.
About 2 kms south of Kovalam,
Vizhinjam is believed to be an ancient port. The Dutch and Portugese had
commercial establishments here. It is being developed as a modern fishing
» Veli lagoon
The boat club attracts
tourists by providing facilities for pedal boating , row boating ,
swimming on the placid waters of the veli lake.
The festival, that the entire city, anticipates with great enthusiasm is
Onam, which marks Kerala's new year and harvest season, and comes around
The other spectacular event that transfigures the
entire city is Thrissur Pooram, the annual temple festival.
How to get there » Location
In the South Indian state
There are three airports in the state -
at Trivandrum, Kochi, and Kozhikode. Trivandrum is also an international
airport, connecting the state to many places in the Middle East.
There are around 200 railway
stations in Kerala connecting most of the places in the state to places in
the other parts of the country and inside the state.
An extensive network of metalled
roads connects most of the places in the state. National highways 47, 17,
and 49 connect the state with other parts of the country.
Inland water navigation systems are
available in many districts. Boats are extensively used to connect many
places within the state.
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