(Trivandrum) travel information, Kerala
(City of the Sacred Serpent) is small and relaxed compared with other
Indian state capitals. The city gets its name from the word, Thiruvananthapuram,
meaning the city of Anantha or the abode of the sacred Serpent Anantha
on which Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the Hindu trinity, reclines.
Trivandrum, the capital of the state of Kerala is a beautiful seaside
city built on seven hills. The famous Sri. Padmanabha Swami Temple is
dicated to Vishnu and is a landmark in the city. The sprawling city has
an international airport. Most visitors to Kerala use it only as an arrival
point, speeding on immediately to Kovalam.Trivandrum has good shopping
areas and a variety of comfortable and reasonably priced hotels.
most interesting temple i open to Hindus only, and even they must wear
wear a 'dhoti' or 'sari'. Still, it's worth visiting -even if you are
just passing through town-to see the temple's seven story carved gopuram
reflected in the nearby sacred tank.Constructed in the Dravidian style
by a maharaja of Travancore in 1733, the temple is dedicated to Vishnu,
who reclines on the sacred serpent, Anantha, which gives Thiruvanathapuram
Kovalam is just 16
kms away from Trivandrum. This unique internationally renowned wonderful
beach will get pride of place amongst the loveliest beaches in the world
has been a favorite haunt of tourists since the 1930s. Today Kovalam has
become one of the most popular beach hangouts in India. Kovalam means
a grove of coconut trees and truly the coconut trees along the beaches
gives it a ravishing look.
The palm-fringed bays
in secluded coconut groves, promise a relaxed stay. The boundless blue
waters of the Arabian Sea and miles of white sands washed away by the
surf at the feet of the stalwart palms and the rocky promontories, makes
this beach paradise. This marvelous beach is a tourist's dream come true.
A sheltered natural
bay with cool soothing palms and gentle waves. Where when you are tired
of aquatics, swimming or sunbathing, you can explore the handicrafts,
jewellery and cloth shops spread along the waterfront. Not to speak of
the delightful seafood fare including lobsters available at the beachside
The recently opened
Puthen Maliga Palace Museum, adjacent to the temple ,is housed in several
wings of the palace of the maharajahs of Travancore.
was once the seat of the rulers of Travancore, a princely state for more
than 400 years which included a large part of present day Kerala and the
Western coast of Tamil Nadu.
just inside Tamilnadu, 65km south-east of Thiruvananthapuram. To get there
, you can either catch a local bus from Thiruvananthapuram or Kovalam
beach or take one of the Kanyakumari tours organised by the KTDC. The
palace is closed on Monday.
It's a pleasant place
to walk or watch the fishermen securing their catch. A large sculpture
of a mermaid graces the roadside, an example of the work of the local
artist Canai Kunuram. At dusk, during temple festivals, the beach is the
site of the ritual bathing of the temple idols.
Neyyar dam, lying
against the southern low hills of the Western Ghats, 32kms away from the
Thiruvananthapuram city is a popular picnic spot with a lake and a picturesque
dam site. Neyyar dam affords a panoramic view of the the mountains and
the lake. The lion safari is a star attraction.
The reservoir also
offers boating facilities in addition to a crocodile farm. The project
offers facilities for boating and mountaineering. A miniature wild life
sanctuary, a lake garden and a swimming pool are the major attractions.
Ponmudi hill resort
is cool and quiet. As the hills come awake you can begin a pleasurable
exploration of the wooded paths. Trekking is a passion with visitors to
Ponmudi. Ponmudi has other surprises too for you.
Orchids, for instance,
grow in abundance here. A charming deer park is only 3kms. From Ponmudi.
Picnic hampers that the staff at the guest house would be happy to arrange,
which you could take down the hill to a picturesque ruined dam site or
golden valley which is another pretty scenic spot. Other attractions are
Bird watching, Deer park and long, enjoyable walks.
How to Reach:
international airport (6 kms from the city.)
are direct trains to all the main towns in Kerala as well as the major
cities in India.
Road: well connected to all
towns & cities.
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