Places to Visit in Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is a beautiful city located at the southern edge of Kerala. The idyllic beaches and the rich heritage of the city makes it a preferred place for a traveler. The city has a rich history to boast of as earlier it was a part of the princely state of Travancore. Although the capital city of the state of Kerala, Trivandrum is free from the usual clutter and clamor that one usually associates with the capital city of any state.

Tourist Places in Thiruvananthapuram

Kovalam Beach
Category : Nature
The biggest of all tourist attractions in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is the beach of Kovalam. The beach is situated only 16 km away from the city. Soft white sands, emerald sea and swaying palms of the beach make it a perfect destination for those who love sun, sand and surf. The Kovalam Beach has a long stretch of black sand. The light house beach, Hawah Beach and the Samudra beach are three parts of the famous Kovalam beach. It can be visited anytime in a year, but the best time to visit Kovalam beach is between September through March.

Padmanabha Swamy Temple
Category : Religious
Located in the East Fort, Padmanabha Swamy Temple is one of the most popular Vishnu temples in South India. The place holds the prestige of being counted among 108 holiest abodes of Lord Vishnu in the works of Tamil saints. The salagramams that are used to make the statue of Lord Vishnu were imported from Nepal amidst much pomp and show. The presiding deity of the temple Lord Vishnu is reclining on a large serpent that is 'Anantha'. Stone carvings and murals adorn the temple.

Kuthiramalika Palace Museum
Category : History & Culture
Built in Puthen Malika Palace, Kuthira Malika Palace is one of the fine examples of architecture of Kerala. The museum hosts a rare collection of mannequins, paintings, mirrors, chandeliers, furniture and other items. The royal thrones in ivory and Bohemian Crystal make for few of the most attractive pieces of art in the museum. One can also view the Gopuram of renowned Padmabhaswamy temple from here.

Palkulangara Devi Temple
Category: Religious
Palkulangara Devi Temple is widely known for being the best example of Kerala Vasthu Vidya. In fact, this is one of the most ancient temples in Kerala. The main deity in this temple is Durga, who appears as an avatar of AdiParasakthi, Durgabhagavathi. There are many other sub-deities in the premises of this temple.

Napier Museum
Category : History & Culture
Named after a governor (Lord Francis Napier) of British India, Napier Museum has a marveling natural system to air condition, bearing the testimony to the technological progress of that period. The museum grounds also hold a Zoological garden, which is one of the oldest in the country.

Priyadarshini Planetarium
Category : History & Culture
The Priyadarshini planetarium is amusing the visitors with its special shows on universe since 1994. The planetarium offers a view of night sky at any given time and of any desired place in past and in future within a time span of 12,500 years. With a seating capacity of 184 people, the museum is an equal favorite of children, adults and scholars of cosmology.

Tourist Destinations Near Thiruvananthapuram

Kanyakumari is located in the state of Tamil Nadu, but it makes for an excellent destination to visit from Trivandrum, especially because it is located only at a distance of 87 km from the city. Kanyakumari also happens to be the city where the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal meet. Kanyakumari temple, our lady of Ransom Church, memorials of Mahatma Gandhi and Vivekananda, Government museum and Vattakottai Fort make for some of the places that are worth visiting in the city of Kanyakumari.

Kochi is located at a distance of 220 km from the city of Trivandrum. Kochi is a modern and developed town that offers numerous shopping options to the visitor. The place is particularly popular for its spices. The places to visit in the city are Hill Palace Museum, Fort Kochi, Willingdon Island, Dutch Palace, St. Francis Church, Jew Street, Synagogue and Cherai Beach.

Located at a distance of 301 km from the city of Thiruvananthapuram, Munnar is one destination that you can't miss. The place is rich in tea plantations and has a picturesque beauty that makes it a preferred place to travel. Some of the places that attract tourists to this city include Mattupetty Dam, Eravikulam (Rajamalai) National Park, Anamudi Peak, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Echo Point, Kundala Lake, Atukkad Waterfalls and Blossom Garden. Some of the other cities within a comfortable reach of Trivandrum include Alleppey, Thekkady and Kumarakon.

Last Updated on : October 20, 2016