Take your family to the city of sandy beaches, parks and historic landmarks. Trivandrum, the capital of the state of Kerala is a mesmerizing city constructed on seven hills. The city gets its name from the word, Thiruvananthapuram, meaning the city of Anantha or the abode of the sacred Serpent Anantha on which Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the Hindu trinity, reclines.
The famous Sri. Padmanabha Swami Temple is dedicated to Vishnu and is a
landmark in the city. It is also an excellent base to explore the interiors
of Kerala, the southernmost region of India, and from Kochi, the Lakshadweep
Islands. The city offers all modern facilities needed by a visitor and is a
center for cultural activities.
Major Tourist Destination
Sree Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple
Dedicated to Lord Vishnu Sree Anantha, Padmanabha Swamy Temple possess
an excellent structure that has a 100 ft high 'gopuram', built in
Dravidian style. The temple has a magnificent array of gods, goddesses,
nymphs, sprites and demons which adorn the seven-storey 'gopuram' that
forms the temple tower. Only Hindus are allowed inside and dress
regulations are strictly followed.
Just 8 km from the city, this is a favourite place of sunset watchers.
The beach is adjacent to the Trivandrum Airport and Veli Tourist
Village. An indoor recreation club, the matsya kanyaka, a gigantic, 35 m
long sculpture of a mermaid and a restaurant shaped like a starfish are
some of the attractions here.
museum houses a rare collection of archaeological & historic
artifacts. The collections are as varied and electric as the building
and you will spend a pleasant few hours browsing through them. The
museum has a unique natural air-conditioning system.
Veli Tourist Village
This picnic spot, where the Veli Lake meets the Arabian Sea, offers
boating facilities. For a quick ride over the waters, speedboats are
available for hire. Children enjoy climbing over the huge sculptures
which dot the landscape.
Kovalam beach is at a distance of 16 km that is 1/2 hour from
Trivandrum. Kovalam consists of three adjacent crescent beaches. The
southernmost, known as the Lighthouse Beach, is the most popular.
Situated at a distance of 7 km from Thiruvananthapuram, the 'Madre De
Deus' Church popularly known as the Vettukad Church attracts thousands
of devotees from all religions. The annual celebration here is called
the 'Feast Of Christ, The King'.
Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
Situated 50 km from Thiruvananthapuram, Peppara is a great attraction
for wildlife lovers as it is rich in flora and fauna, also it is solid
with hillocks, forests and eucalyptus plantations.