Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuram as it is called in Malayali is the capital city of Kerala
. Thiruvananthapuram, the name itself recalls to the mind Sri Padmanabhaswamy and his repose on the five headed serpent Sesha naga. The city is certainly his abode; his temple being the predominant landmark. It is this sentiment that has helped the city retain its olde worlde charm in the face of rapid political and technological progress. The city is steeped in history and culture. The palaces and the museums are a constant reminder of its golden and eventful history.
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Last Updated on : 7/4/2011
- Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple - The imposing 18 feet long idol of Lord Vishnu in his Sheshashayana (recline on the serpent, Shesha) is reminiscent of Sage Vilvamangalam's first spectacle. The sprawling temple holds the key to the city's very essence.
- East Fort - Preserved inside its walls, the East Fort holds the heritage of the royal family of Travancore and their golden history resounds in the premises. The Padmanabhaswamy Temple is situated inside the confines of this fort.
- Science & Technology Museum - In the year 1984, the government decided to build the Science and Technology Museum in the heart of the city with an aim at inculcating the younger generation's scientific temperament and spirit of enquiry.
- Government Museum - In 1857, the Government built this repository of art and architecture. Also called Napier Museum, it houses innumerable artifacts such as ivory carvings, paintings, bronze and stone carvings and idols.
- Sri Chitra Arts Gallery - This houses a collection of famous and ancient masterpieces including Raja Ravi Verma's original oil paintings and ancient Tanjore miniature paintings among others.
- Zoological Gardens - The zoo and marine aquarium of Trivandrum is a recreational and educative project. The natural habitat of the wild creatures has been simulated by planting tall trees, shrubs and foliage. A lake serves as the home for all the marine creatures housed there.
- Public Park and Observatory - The public park of Trivandrum is the symbol of human protest against pollution and contamination of natural habitat due to urbanization. Such clean air and greenery in such an advanced city, what a wonder!
- Shangumugham Beaches - This beautiful tourist attraction is about 8 km from the city and is a favorite spot of those who love serenity. The aggressive waves belie the tranquility of the beach and the russet rays of the sinking sun sparkle on the waters creating a calm in the spectator's heart.
- Veli Tourist Village - This place offers a glimpse into the backwaters of Kerala. Cultivated as a picnic spot, boating and other amuzenent facilities are available here.
- Akkulam Boat Club - Another picnic getaway, Akkulam is famed for its boating options. A swimming pool for children is also accommodated here.