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Thiruvananthapuram (Capital)

   

Kerala Capital - Thiruvananthapuram
 

About Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

The southernmost district of the State, Thiruvananthapuram is bounded by the wooded highlands of the Western Ghats on the east and northeast, and the Abrabian sea on the west. A long shoreline, with internationally reowned beaches, historic monuments, backwaters stretches and a rich cultural heritage make this district a much sought after tourist destination. Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of Kerala.

 

Thiruvananthapuram Facts and Figures
Area : 2192 sq. km.
Altitude : Sea Level.
Population : 2,938,583.
 

Thiruvananthapuram City
Kovalam
A former fishing village, Kovalam is just 16 kms away from Trivandrum, Kerala's capital city. This enchanting strip of golden sands is laced with the rich greenery of coconut palms. Kovalam is an evergreen and pleasant climatic beach resort. It is a dreamy place for tourists all over the world. Today Kovalam beach is known as the "Paradise of the South".
 
Varkala
Varkala is situated at about 30Km north of Thiruvananthapuram on the sea coast. It is a seaside resort and spa. The Papanasam Beach at Varkala is a quiet, undiscovered beach known for its white, silvery stretch of sand, mineral springs and rocky cliffs. The 2000 year old Janardana Swamy Temple and the Nature Centre are the two of the main attractions of Varkala Beach. High cliffs borders the excellent beach its like they are protecting the beach from being discovered.
Varkala is a beautiful beach that has a more than 2000 years old shrine of Lord Vishnu. This beach of Kerala is rich in mineral water springs that are known for their medicinal value.
 

How to Reach Thiruvananthapuram
Air : Thiruvananthapuram International Airport at Valiyathura: Flights to Cochin, Madras, Delhi, Bangalore, Goa and Bombay. International to Colombo, Mali, Dubai, Abudhabi and Kuwait.
Rail : Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station, Thambanoore. Rail services to all important cities in India.
Road : State owned Transport Corporation runs buses from its major depot.
 

In and Around Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum )

Padmanabha Swamy Temple
The temple is located inside the East Fort. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple is a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture. It is known for its mural paintings and stone carvings.
 
Kovalam
This internationally renowned beach resort has been a favourite haunt of tourists since the 1930s. Kovalam consists of three adjacent crescent beaches. The southernmost, known as the Lighthouse Beach, in the most popular Kovalam offers accomodation options to suit all budgets.
 
Vizhinjam rock cut Cave
There are rocks cut sculptures of the 18th century in the cave temple at Vizhinjam. The granite cave here encloses a one celled shrine with a loose sculpture of Vinandhara Dakshinamurthy. The outer wall of the cave depicts half complete reliefs of the Hindu God Shiva with Goddess Parvathi.
 
Ponmundi
An idyllic hill resort with narrow, winding pathways and cool, green, wooded environs, Ponmudi is located 915 metres above sea level. Along with a variety of beautiful mountain flowers, exotic butterflies, small rivulets, springs and the deer park nearby, this hill station also has excellent trekking trails.
 
Veli Tourist Village
This picnic spot where the Veli lake meets the Arabian Sea, offers Boating facilities. Pedalboats and paddle boats can be hired to explore the charms of the lagoon in a leisurely manner. For a quick ride over the waters, speedboats are available for hire.
 
The Kanakakunnu Palace
The palace and its sprawling grounds are today the venue for many cultural meets and programmes.
 
Varkala
Varkala is a seaside resort and spa. It is also an important Hindu centre of pilgrimage. The final resting place of the great social reformer, Sree Narayana Guru, is near Varkala, atop a hill called Sivagiri. The 2000 year old Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple and the Nature Care Centre are the two main attractions here.
 
Shree Chitbra art Gallery
It displays select paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlova and Nicholas Reorich and exquisite works from the Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools of art in India. The collection also includes paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali.
 
Shankhumugham Beach:
Just 8 kms from the city, this is a favourite haunt of sunset watchers. The beach is adjacent to the Thiruvananthapuram Airport and Veli Tourist Village. An indoor recreation club, the matsya Kanyaka ( a gigantic, 35 m long sculptures of a mermaid) and a restaurant shaped like a starfish are some of the attractions here.
 
 

Backwaters Tour packages
Tour 01 - 06 nights / 07 Days Tour 03 - 06 nights / 07 Days
Tour 02 - 08 nights / 09 Days Tour 04 - 05 nights / 06 Days
 

Wildlife in Thiruvananthapuram District
Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
 

Stay in Thiruvananthapuram Hotels
Hotel Muhtoot Plaza Hotel Saj Lucia
Hotel South Park Fortune  
Kovalam Hotels
Hotel Somatheeram Ayurveda Hotel Le Meridien
Hotel Best Western Palm Shore Beach Resort
Hotel Uday Samudra  
Varkala Hotels
Hotel Taj Garden Retreat  
 

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