Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of Kerala and is bordered by the Arabian Sea on one side and Western Ghats on the other. With such an ideal location of both plains and sea, Thiruvananthapuram makes for a perfect holiday destination offering abundant scenery as well as great adventure activities. While you are here, you can laze at the beautiful beaches and backwaters, acquaint with the city’s history at the many museums and monuments, seek divinity at the temples and embrace the architectural marvel of the monuments, buildings and religious sites. Thiruvananthapuram is home to one of the most iconic temples in India- Sree Anantha Padmanabha Temple which attracts a massive number of people from all across the world. The temple has a shrine of Lord Vishnu in one of the most admirable reclining positions.
There is more to this modest city which believes in living life at your own pace. Spa and Ayurvedic massage comes naturally to Kerala and hence Thiruvananthapuram is no exception in boasting of some rare therapeutic oils and rejuvenation therapies for mind, body and soul. For a cultural high, you must watch the Kathakali performance at any of the art centers in the city.
Home to Kerala’s international airport and two railway stations, Thiruvananthapuram enjoys excellent accessibility from different parts of the world. No wonder, the city is also looked upon as a gateway to nearby touristy places like Kovalam and Varkala.
In the heart of Thiruvananthapuram city lies the great Napier Museum and the Natural History Museum in the Museum compound, close to the Zoological park. Built in the 19th century, it has its own natural air-conditioning system. It contains a host of historical artefacts including bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings. People are especially impressed by the Japanese shadow-play leather that is used to depict the epics of the Mahabharata and Ramayana. More
As you step past the gates of the Zoological Park in Thiruvananthapuram, an immediate hush falls as all the visitors collectively draw in their breath in awe. There is a furry Macaque staring right back at you while a little ahead the exotic Nilgiri Langur playfully teases you. In a few more steps it dawns on you; you are in a literal jungle, right in the heart of the city. More
Across Southern Kerala, people sing praises of the architectural marvel that is the Kanakakkunnu Palace in Thiruvananthapuram. Located at the heart of the city, it plays a welcoming host to a multitude of cultural events, seminars and programmes. Its proximity to a number of important tourist sites, including the Napier Museum and Trivandrum Zoo, has made it an important part of the daily workings of the city. Once host to many an important gala, under the reign of the erstwhile ruler of Travancore Sree Moolam Thirunal, it is an integral part of city’s festivities and heritage to this day. More
SREE PADMANABHASWAMY TEMPLE
Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala takes its name from the presiding deity of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, who is also known as Anantha (one who reclines on the Serpent Anantha). The word ‘Thiruvananthapuram’ literally means – the Land of Sree Anantha Padmanabhaswamy. More
The Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, located in Aattukal, is one of the oldest shrines of South India and the presiding deity of the temple is Attukal Bhagavathy, who is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Parvathi. Located at just 2 km from Thiruvananthapuram, the temple is also popularly known as ‘Sabarimala of Women’. More