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Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram 2192 sq.km,                                                                                                                                      Telephone assess code  0471 ,                                                                                                                                                       Air port : Thiruvananthapuram International 6 Kilometer for the City.  has  over 30 air link with convenient Connections to Colombo, Maladives and Middle East. Indian Airlines and Jet Airways operated domwstic flights to different parts of the country. Contact : 0471 270 2600 *                                                                                                                                                                     Rail:  There are direct from Thiruvananthapura to all the main towns in Kerala as well as the major cities in India. Railway enquiry ph : 139

Tourist Information Offices

Tourist Facilitation Center, Department of Tourism, Park view. Trivandrum
Tourist Informaitin Centre Ph : 0471 2321132 *
Railway Station Thampanoor Ph : 0471 2334470 *
Tourist Information Centre KSRTC bus station Thampanoor Ph : 0471 2327224 *
Tourist Information Centre Domestic airport Ph : 0471 2501085 *
Tourist Information Centre International airport Ph : 0471 2502298 *
Tourist Information Centre Kovalam Ph : 0471 2480085 *
Tourist Reception Centre KTDC, Thampanoor Ph : 0471 2330031 * 
Central Reservations KTDC, Hotel Mascot Ph : 0471 2316736 *
District Tourism Promotion Council DTPC, Vellayambalam Ph : 0471 2315397 * 

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Padmanabha Swamy Temple

 The Temple is Located inside the East Fort of Trivandrum city. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple is a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture. The eastern tower of the temple is made of black stone with seven windows on seven floors and seven golden domes on the top, about 100 feet hight, in the Thanjavur style. It is known for its mural paintings and stone carvings. One among the 108 sacred Vishnu temples in India. the presiding deity here is Lord Vishnu reclining on anantha the Serpent. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple, The
Open morning : 04:15 - 05:15 hrs , 06:45 - 07:15 hrs, 08:30 -11:15 hrs , 11:45 - 12:00 hrs.
Open evening  : 17:00 - 18:15 hrs, 18:45 - 19:30 hrs.
Dress code : Men - Dhoti , [ inside the temple, shirt and baniyan wearing not allowed, and Mobil phone , Camera, knife, sigret later , strictly not allowed inside the temple.
Dress code women : Saree and blouse compulsory.

Kuthiramalika [ Puthenmalika Palace Museum ]

 The Palace was built 1840 by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma - the King of Travancore, who was a great poet, musician, social reformer and statesman, This rare specimen of workmanship in the traditional Travancore style of architecture also has exquisite wood carvings. The palace museum displays paintings and various priceless collections of the royal family and is located near the Padamanabha Swamy Temple.
Open 08:30 - 12:30 hrs & 15:30 - 17:30 hrs Closed on Mondays.

The Napier Museum

The Napier Museum built in the 19th century, this indo - saracenic structure boasts a natural air conditioning system and houses a rare collection of archaeological and historic artefacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings. The use of plastic is banned in the museum
Open 10:00 - 16:45 hrs, Closed on Mandays, Wednesday forenoons, January 26th, August 15th, and Thiruvonam and Mahanavami.  Ph : 0471 3218294 

The Sree Chithra Art Gallery

Located near the Napier Museum, this art gallery dispalays select paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlova and Nicholas Roeich and exquiste works from the Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools of art in India. The collection also includes paintings from China , Japan , Tibet and Bali. 
Opern 10:00 - 16:65 hrs. Closed on Mondays & wednesday forenoons

The Zoological Park

One of the first zoom in India, it is Located in a well-planned botanical Garden. With Huge Trees like frangipani and jacaranda dotting the sprawling  lawns and wild fowl swimming in the lake, it is like a small jungle in the heart of the city. A reptile house with different species of snakes is also located in the premises.
 Open 09:00 - 18:15 hrs. Closed on Mondays

The Kanakakunnu Palace

 The Palace and its sprawling grounds are today the venue for many cultural meets and programmes, located at the heart of the city. 

Science and Technology Museum Complex

The exhibits here are related to science, technology and electroncs,
Open 10:00 - 17:00 hrs Closed on Mondays 

Priyadarshini Planetarium

Show time 10:30 - 12:00 hrs, 15:00 - 17:00 hrs , English Show time 12:00 hrs ,  Closed on Monday 

Chacha Nehru Childen’s Museum

Children of all age groups will enjoy the vast collection of nearly 2000 dolls, stamps and masks displayed here.
Open 10:30 - 17:00 hrs Closed on Mondays.

Kerala State Secretariat

 Built in the Roman architectural style, this is the centre of government administration in Kerala and house the offices of ministers and bureaucracy.

Kerala Legislature Complex

Located at Palayam, this is the new building where the Legislative Assembly of Kerala meets. With its towering dome, exquisitely carved gallaries, ornat teak panelling and ceiling, combined withthe most modern acoustic treatment and state-of-the-art sound systems, the hall is a beautiful blend of classical grandeur and modernity. 

Shankhumugham Beach

Just 8 kilometer form the city, this is a favourite haunt of sunset watchers. The beach is adjacentto the  Thiruvananthapuram airport and Veli Tourist Village. An indoor recreation club, the matsya kanyaka [ a gigantic, 35 m long sculpture of a mermaid ]  and a restaurant shaped like a starfish are some of the attiactions here. 

Accommodation : Uday Suites 4-star hotel Shankhumugham,

Veli Tourist Village

This is Picnic spot, where the Veli Lake meets the Arabian Sea, Offers boating facilities Pedalboats, and paddle boats can be hire to explore the charms of the logoon in a leisurely manner, for a quick ride over the waters, speedboats are availabe for hire Children enjoy over the huge sculptures which dot the landscape.

Open 8:00 - 18:00 hrs

Akkulam Tourist Village

 A picnic spot with boating facilites, Akkulam is a place Children Flock to . It has a well equipped childre's park and a paddle pool. There is a swimming pool for adults too..

Open 10:00 - 19:00 hrs

Kovalam Beach

Kovalam beach in Kerala This intenationaly renowned beach has been a favourite haunt of tourists since the 1930s. Kovalam consists of three adjacent crescent beaches. The southernmost, Known as the Lighthouse Beach, is the most popular. Kovalam offers accommodation options to suit all budgets.

Accommodation : Taj Green Cove Resort & Spa, Kovalam 5- stat resort , The Raviz Kovalam 5- star resort , Gokulam Grand Turtle on the Beach 5-star hotel, Hotel Samudra (KTDC)  3-star hotel , Uday Samudra beach resotr  ,Jasmine Palace Kovalam budget Resort , Sagara Beach Resort budget beach resort Kovalam lighthouse beach, Rock 'n' Beach 2-star hotel Kovalam,

Thiruvallam backwater

This serene backwater strech, enroute to Kovalam beach, is famouse for this canoe rides. sunset 
boat Cruises. 

Poovar Golden sand Beach

Poovar is one of the most beautiful Golden Beach in asia, its one of importent tourist destinations in Kerala. Backwater speed boat Cruises, Floating Restaurants , bird watching and you can enjoy the beautiful sunset in Glden sand beach. This is the only one beach in Kerala where the local crowd does not come. for making it very peaceful Sunset. you cannot bath there its not safe . Poovar golden colored sand beach is a Kerala tamilnadu border city. Nearest to the Kerala R T O check post. 

Accommodation :  Poovar Island Resort 3-star hotel , Estuary Sarovar Portico, Poovar Island 5-star hotel , Isola Di Cocco   resort Poovar 3- star hotel.

Parasurama Temple Thiruvallam

This 2000 year old temple on the bank of river karamana, is the only one in Kerala dedicated to Sree Parasurama, the mythological creator of Kerala. This temple is a venue for ancestor worship. as part of the bali ritual, devotees make offering to the souls of the dear departed after taking a dip in the holy water. 

Aruvikkara Dam

  This picturesque picnic spot is on the banks of the Karamana River. Near the Durga Temple Hre is a stream full of fish that fearlessly come close to the shore to be fed by the visitors.
16 Kilometer from the Trivandrum City

Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple

 Thre are rock cut sculptures of the 18th century in the cave temple at Vizhinjam. The granite cave here encloses a one celled shrine with a loose sculpture of Vinandhara Dakshinamurthi. The outer wall of the cave depicts half complete reliefs of the Hindu God Shiva with Goddess Parvathi 
17 Kilometer from the Trivandrum City Near to Kovalam Beach.

Koyikkal Palace Nedumangad

Located on the way to the Ponmudi Hill Station and the Caurtallam waterfalls, this ancient palace dates back to the 15th century. Here you can see a double storeyed traditional Nalukettu building with slanting gabled roofs, and inner cpurtyard and museums of folklore and numismatics set up by the department of Archaeolgy. 
18 kilometer from the Trivandrum City

The Folklore Museum

 Set up in 1992, it is a treasure house of quaint musical instruments, occupational implements, household utensils, models of folk arts etc.. Displayed in the Koyikkal Palace , they focus attention on the cultural background of the state. The numismatics museum houses rare and historically valuable coins denoting the trade relations of the state.

Sree Mahadeva Temple

Situated in Kazhakuttom, this ancient temple is believed to date back to the 14th century. an other old temple in the district is the Mitranandapuram Temple on the outskirts of the city. 

Neyyar Dam

It was established in 1958 . 32 Kilometer. one Hour Taxi Travel from the Trivandrum City, There is a KSRTC bus from Thampanoor bus stand , A popular Picnic spot, Neyyar Dam has a watch Tower, Crocodile farm, Lion safari park and deer park, Boating facilitties are available at the Reservoir.  Rs 250 per head Chargeble, Lokambika Temple [  Kalipara para temple > kali= a Hindu goddess, para= Rock .] its  situated 2000  feet high, 1 km long, ideal for mountaineering. The main attraction of the place is the largest freshwater aquarium in Asia, And the Horn Falls. and many more. There is no better place to enjoy the scenic beauty of the southern hills of the Western Ghats bordering the Neyyar Dam and the wildness of the forest.

Accommodation : Bio Veda Hill Resort , 

Varkala beach

Varkala is a seaside resort and spa. its is also an important Hindu centre of pilgrimage The final resting place of the great social reformer, Sree Naranayana Guru, is near Varkala, atop a hill called Sivagiri. High cliffs with mineral springs rise majestically form the coastline. 
40 kilometer from the Trivandrum City 

Accommodation : Gateway Varkala 4- star resort ,Hindustan Beach Retreat 4- star hotel, Sunview Beach Resort 2-star resort, Deshadan Cliff & Beach Resort 3 star resort, B'Canti Boutique Beach Resort Varkala 5-star resort.

Peppara Wildlife Santuary

This sanctuary spread over 53 sq.km on the wester ghats, is accessible form Vithurai, which is on the way to ponmudi. with its rich flora and fauna, peppara, dotted with hillocks, forests and eucalyptus plantations, is emerging as a great attraction for wildlife enthusiasta.
50 kilometer from the Trivandrum City 

Ponmudi Hill Station

An idyllic Hill resort with narrow, winding pathways and cool, green, wooded environs, ponmudi is located 915 metres above the sea level. Along with a variety of beautiful mountain flowers,exotic butterflies, small rivulets, springs and the deer park nearby, this hill station also has excellent trekking trails. 
61 kilometer from The Trivandrum City 

Accommodation :  KTDC Golden Peak Ponmudi 3-star hotel, Ponmudi River Eco Tourism Resort , Hill View resort,

Padamanabhapuram Palace

The seat of the erstwhile rules of Travancore, this splendid palace is situated at Thuckalai,[ Tamilanadu state ] on the way to Kanyakumari . this is a well preserved wooden palace, a glorious testimony to the traditional Kerala school of architecure. The extraordinary murals, exquisite floral carvings and the black glossy granite floor have withstood the teat of time.
52 kilometer from the Trivandrum city,  

Agasthyakoodam

Part of the sahyadri range of mountains, agasthyakoodam is the second highest peak in Kerala at a height of 1890 metres above sea level teeming with wildlife, the forests of agasthyakoodam abound in rare medicinal herbs and plants and brilliantly hued orchids. A bird watcher's paradise, this legendary mountain is accessible by foot from kotor, near Neyyar dam, as also from Bonacaud. The season from December to April is advocated for trekking, for which a forest pass has to be obtained from the wildlife warden, forest Department, PTP Nagar Trivandrum..

Festivals in Trivandrum

 As in other parts of Kerala, the Christians of Thiruvananthapuram celebrate Christmas and Easter just as Muslims celebrate Ramzan and bakrid. Many colourful festivals are celebrated in various temples around Thiruvananthapuram, along with performances of  filk and classical arts. to mark the Onam festivities in August / September, The Tourism week is celebrated in the state especially in Thiruvananthapuram during which the streets in the city are illuminated and a unique package of traditional and cultural programmes are staged at the Kanakakkunnu Palace and other landmark points. It culminates in a colourful carnival which the vast majority of the populace turn out to watch..

Arattu

The vetta and arattu processions are held twice a year from the Padmanabhaswamy Temple to Shankhumugham Beach, Led by the members of the royal family of erstwhilw Travancore. The idols from the Temple are subjected to a ritual purification in the sea. Cultural performances, including Kathakali, are staged during the occasion. 

Attukal Pongala

  The ten day Pongala Festival held at Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, 2 kilometer from Trivandrum city, attracts thousands of female devotees from many parts of the country. Men are not allowed in the vicinity of the temple during the Pongala. Pongala is a kind of sweet porridge, considered to the goddess' fovourite offering. It is cooked by each devotee in a clay pot on an open fire and the long line of women making the ritual offering extends up to East Fort and beyond.

Chandanakudam Mahotsavam

   This colourful islamic festival is celebrated to commemorate Bee Umma, a saintly lady, whose tombis in Beemapally near Trivandrum. Devotees bring money in pots decorated with flowers, incense sticks and sandalwood paste, as as offering during the Festival. 

Nishagandhi Dance and Music festival

  This festival of indian classical dances and music is held at the Nishagandhi open air theatre, Kanakakunnu Palace grounds, Thiruvananthapuram.  
Santhosh Raghavan
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