Places to Visit in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Thiruvananthapuram formerly known as Trivandrum is the capital and biggest city in the state of Kerala. The second largest city located on the west coast of India is referred as “Evergreen City of India.” It is also classified as Tier-2 city by the Government of India. Earlier, Thiruvananthapuram was a trading post for spices, sandalwood, and ivory. And, now with nearly 80% of the state’s software exports, Trivandrum has become a major IT hub with Technopark and Technocity.
Here are few of the places that one can visit in India’s largest city in the deep south.
Being in the list of the most famous beaches of Kerala, Kovalam is an assured prime attraction for the travellers. Perfect description of the place goes well with the swaying palm, a long coastline, a lighthouse on the shore, clear waters and far away from the horizon. One can involve in activities like sunbathing, catamaran rides, and cycling on the beach.
Napier museum named after a governor of British India, Lord Francis Napier. It has a marvelling natural system to air condition, bearing the assertion to the technological progress of that period. The museum grounds also hold one of the oldest Zoological gardens in the country.
Neyyer dam and wildlife sanctuary
Passing from Agasthyakoodam, located across the Neyyer River, the dam is at the foothills of the Western Ghats. It is a famous picnic spot because of the lake that it encompasses. Boating and mountaineering are some activities one can indulge while being here. Also, there is a wildlife sanctuary, which is a home to a variety of flora and fauna.
Unlike the Kovalam Beach, the Varkala Beach is quiet one yet popular amongst the travellers. The beach is famous for being under the cliff and offers a breathtaking view of the Arabian Sea. The beach consists of a quite location called the Black Beach famous for its black sand.
Padmanabhaswamy Temple, which is located inside the East Fort in the heart of Trivandrum, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is known for having the deity in the eternal sleep posture. Also known for being one of the 108 abodes of Lord Vishnu the sacred place is embellished with murals and stone carvings.
Away from the city crowd on the western side of Trivandrum lies the Shanghumukham Beach. The bright white sand, a never-ending coastline, and tranquil waters make it serene. The Jalakanyaka– Mermaid sculpture is an addition for the visitor’s eyes. The sculpture is about 35 m long. With eating kiosks on the beach, it is a perfect way to spend quiet evenings by the Sea.
The second highest peak in Kerala, Agasthyakoodam is also a part of Sahyadri range of mountains, at the height of 1890m above sea level. Teaming with wildlife, the forests of Agasthyakoodam abound in rare medicinal herbs and plants and brilliantly hued orchids. A paradise for bird watchers, this legendary mountain is accessible by foot from Kotoor, near Neyyar Dam. The season from December to April is suitable for trekking here.
Kuthiramalika Palace Museum
Kuthira Malika Palace built in Puthen Malika Palace is one of the excellent examples of Kerala architecture. 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 a famous Padmabhaswamy temple from here.
Ponmudi is another hill station lying in the vicinity of the central city is a beautiful place with breezy pathways and lush, velvety green slopes. The hill station is home to a variety of flowers, eye-catching butterflies and few rivulets with trekking skails. The site also has a deer park nearby and imparts an exuberant view.
Veli Tourist Village
For the weekend getaways, Veli Tourist village is popular amongst the people of Kerala due to its amazing sites of the Veli Lake meeting the Arabian Sea. The village is connected with the Veli beach by a floating wooden bridge to be crossed on foot. Boating facilities are available for tourists and natives to enjoy a panoramic view of the place.
Situated on the southern tip of Thiruvananthapuram, it is the beautiful village of Poovar. The area was established, as a trading centre in the early times is now a central tourist destination. An amalgam of backwaters and island together makes it a splendid in look. Quiet from the business of the city life this beach is a fantastic place to spend your entire day.