Trivandrum, now known as Thiruvanantpuram
is the capital of the southern state of India, Kerala. The city has been
named after Anantha, the thousand - headed serpent on which Lord Vishnu
rested. The city offers a tourist an exciting vacation, where in they can
explore the rich cultural traditions of Kerala while enjoying the comforts
of modern world simultaneously. Trivandrum with its divine beauty attracts
visitors from not only India, but from all over the world.
Places of Interests in Trivandrum
Sri Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Temple - This temple attracts
innumerable tourists throughout the year and presents a marvellous
combination of the Kerala and Dravidian architecture. One of the 108 sacred
Vishnu temples in India, the temple is widely famous for its mural paintings
nad stone carvings. The temple is a must visit for any tourist visiting
Veli Tourist Village - Veli tourist village is located
at the confluence of Veli Lake and Arabian sea. It is one of the most
exciting places for tourists especially children because it offers an
opportunity to explore the lagoons on a paddle boat. Speedboats are also
available to increase the excitement of the ride. The children also love to
climb on the huge sculptures located in the village. In brief it is a
popular picnic spot for tourists.
Napier Museum - Napier Museum was was originally
established by Maharaja of Travancore in 1855. However, in 1874, a new
building was built and named after the Governor of Madras presidency. The
museum built in an Indo- saracenic style boasts of an incredible collection
of archaeological and historic artefacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a
temple chariot and ivory carvings. The museum is a major attraction for
tourists who love history and culture.
Ponmudi - At an elevation of 912m above sea level,
Ponmudi is a pleasant resort. Just 61kms from Thiruvananthapuram, this
beautifyul hill resort is well accessible from Trivandrum. There are many
tree and rubber estates around the hills, which gives the place a
Kovalam - Kovalam is 12kms to the south of
Thiruvananthapuram and is one of the finest beaches in India. It has been
developed into an integrated seaside resort. The beach complex has many
hotels, cottages, yoga centres etc.
Vizhinjam - About 2kms south of Kovalam, is Vizhinjam,
believed to be an ancient port. The Dutch and Portugese had commercial
establishments here. It is being developed as a modern fishing harbour.
Shopping in Trivandrum
Trivandrum is famous for Arammula metal mirror. Apart from this tourists
can also pick up handicrafts and antiques like bronzes decorative items,
brass and "bell-metal" lamps and masks depicting various
characters of Indian mythology. Tourists on a visit to the beautiful city of
Trivandrum carries back these items as a souvenir
Air - Trivandrum is easily accessible for not only
domestic tourists but also for tourists who are coming from abroad. There
are nearly thirty flights operated by Indian Airlines, Air India and Jet
Airways that connect Trivandrum to West Asia, Sri Lanka and Maldives apart
from the other cities of India.
Rail - Trivandrum is connected to all major cities in
Kerala as well as the rest of the country by trains.
Road - Trivandrum is connected to the rest of the
country by national highway no 7, 17, 45 and 47. Within the state of Kerala,
the state highway network connects it to the rest of the cities. Bus
services are also available for interested tourists.