Places to Visit around Trivandrum
Trivandrum – the capital city
Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram), known to be the land of Sree Anantha Pandmanabhaswamy is the capital city of the southern Indian state Kerala.
Apart from being the administrative spearhead , it is also one among the major technical hubs of the country.
It is well noted for internationally acclaimed places like historic monuments, alluring beaches, backwaters and many other attractive tourist spots.
Being clean and green it is rated as one of the 10 greenest cities in India.
- Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple,
- one of the most venerated shrines of Kerala, located in the heart of the city is devoted to the Lord Anantha. The landmark of Trivandrum is the Temple around which the city has been built. The elegant architectural design of the temple is an amazing fusion of the aboriginal Kerala style and the Dravidian style of architecture associated with the temples located in the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu. Marthanda Varma, one of the Travancore kings renovated the temple to its present day style. The recently disclosed immense assets of the temple made it well known and thus it became a must visit place in Kerala. The Trivandrum International Airport is about only 6 km away.
- Kovalam Beach
The three beaches: Lighthouse beach, Hawah beach and Samudra beach together forms the aesthetic Kovalam Beach which has a vast coastline of 17 km. It has a nature blessed border of flora and fauna which makes the place mind blowing. There are provisions for many fun making and adventurous sports like swimming, water diving, windsurfing, Para-sailing and many more. There are a large number of tourist resorts nearby which makes the sightseers mesmerized. The famous kovalam lighthouse is also nearby. The place is a topic of discussion among tourists because of the clean water, economical stays, entertaining activities etc.
- Kanakakkunnu Palace
A century-old antiquated durbar, Kanakakkunnu palace is a sign of colonialism endured in Kerala. His highness Sree Moolam Thirunal, who governed Travancore (one of the ancient princely states of Kerala) during the period 1885-1924, is considered to have constructed the palace. The interior decorations of the mansion are gorgeous which gives a real picture of the prosperity of the ultimate kingdom of Travancore. It was open for several royal feasts during that era and it acted as a guest house for Travancore royal family. Now it is a possession of the state government and is a venue for various cultural events. The supreme among them is the All India Dance Festival, organized during October to March by the Department of Tourism every year at the Nishagandhi open-air auditorium inside the palace compound. During this time, the traditional dance forms of India are performed here. The Sooryakanthi auditorium also hosts several cultural programs, exhibitions etc. The eco-friendly atmosphere makes the visitors to fall in love with the place
- Napier Museum
Napier Museum, an archeological cum art museum is named after Lord Charles Napier, the former governor of Madras during 1866-1872. It is an honorable craftsmanship of Robert Chisholm, the consulting Architect of the Madras Government. It has a conspicuous and distinctive architectural design which is a marvelous amalgam of Kerala, Mughal, Chinese and traditional Indian architectures. It possesses precious collections of many historic and archeological relics, wooden, bronze, stone and ivory carvings etc. the Japanese shadow play leather figures are a major attraction. It also consists of the Sri Chitra Art Gallery, which includes astonishing works from Raja Ravi Varma and Nicholas Roerich. Associated with is the Natural History Museum which holds many stuffed birds and animals, skeletons etc. that are preserved since many years. It is an easy-to-reach destination which is only 6 km away from the city. It can be visited during 10.00-16.45 hrs every day except Mondays, Wednesday forenoons, January 26, August 15, Thiruvonam and Mahanavami. Usage of plastic is banned inside the campus which adds a feather to the crown of its eco-friendly nature. The exterior of the museum is also maintained spectacularly with green lawns and cool atmosphere which holds the visitors there.
A ruler named Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma who governed Travancore during the period 1830-1847 laid foundation for Trivandrum zoo, which is of global reputation now and officially established in 1857 as an extension of Napier museum. So anyone who visits the Napier museum can also pay a visit to this magnificent habitat for animals and birds which reminds the unabridged beauty of the God’s own country. It is a well arranged arboretum where most of the creatures have their living in a very spacious area and with enormous liberty. Around 82 species of critters including many imperiled species from within the country and foreign nations are sheltered in this nature-friendly atmosphere which stretches out in a 55 acres zone. Royal Bengal tiger, Indian rhinoceros, royal Bengal tiger, Cape buffaloes, Lion tailed Macaque, Giraffe, Hippo, Zebra, Nilgiri Tahr etc. and many birds like White Ibis, Greay Pelican, Adjutant Stork, Emu, Pariah Kite, King Vulture etc. can be watched in reality. Also there is a bed of poisonous and non-poisonous snakes. The panoramic mood offered by the lakes and lawns will be a wonderful experience for the refreshment of mind from the busy life and this makes one of the best place to visit.
Veli beach, Veli Lake and Veli tourist village are the major attractions in Veli. A calm charming golden sandy shore which fills the mind with cool breeze that can’t be seen anywhere else is the Veli beach. There is also an amazing scene of Veli Lake merging with Arabian Sea. The tourist village that lies between the inlet and the Arabian Sea is a charisma that brings tourists here. The recreation offered by peal boats, paddle boats and speed boats also adds to the prodigious gusto. This is a breathtaking spot which grabs the minds of not only adults but also kids. Kids can loiter in the children’s park. The alluring terrain and towering statuettes are quiet discernible. Also, Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) proffers a floating eatery where toothsome dishes are plated up. Through a floating bridge, one can pass to and fro between the tourist village and beach.