Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple Thiruvananthapurams most interesting temple open to Hindus only, and even they must wear wear a dhoti or sari. Still , its worth visiting - even if you are just passing through town-to see the temples seven story carved gopuram reflected in the nearby sacred tank.Constructed in the Dravidian style by a maharaja of Travancore in 1733, the temple is dedicated to Vishnu, who reclines on the sacred serpent, Anantha, which gives Thiruvanathapuram its name.
Kovalam is just 16 kms away from Trivandrum. This unique internationally renowned wonderful beach will get pride of place amongst the loveliest beaches in the world has been a favourite haunt of tourists since the 1930s. Today Kovalam has become one of the most popular beach hangouts in India. Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees and truly the coconut trees along the beaches gives it a ravishing look.
The zoo and a collection of museums are in a park the north of the city . The museums are in a park in the north of the city. The museums are open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 4.45pm, but not until 1pm on Wednesday. A single Rs.5 entry ticket covers all the museums and is obtainable from the Natural History of Museum
Padmanabhapuram Palace was once the seat of the rulers of Travancore, a princely state for more than 400 years which included a large part of present day Kerala and the Western coast of Tamil Nadu
Boardered by Veli lagoon and the Arabian Sea, the village includes water sports , waterfront park, floating bridge, childrens park, restaurant, garden etc. it is 8km. away from the city. Visiting hours: 10am. to 8.30pm.
A popular picnic spot with boating facility. Akkulam is a perfect retreat for the city dwellers of Thiruvananthapuram. Those who live a life in multistoried flats and congested dwellings of the crowded city can breathe fresh air and have cool bath in the swimming pool for as low as 15 rupees per head.
Its a pleasant place to walk or watch the fishermen securing their catch. A large sculpture of a mermaid graces the roadside, an example of the work of the local artist Canai Kunjiram. At dusk, during temple festivals, the beach is the site of the ritual bathing of the temple idols
The CVN Kalari sangam in East Fort, near the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, is a small but remarkable bulding-part training centre, part temple and part hospital.
Neyyar dam, lying against the southern low hills of the western ghats, 32 kms away from the Thiruvananthapuram city is a popular picnic spot with a lake and a picturesque dam site. Neyyar dam affords a panoramic view of the the mountains and the lake. The lion safari is a star attraction.
The recently opened Puthen Maliga Palace Museum, adjacent to the temple, is housed in several wings of the palace of the maharajahs of Travancore. Its open from 8.30 am to 12.30pm and from 3 to 5.30 pm; entry is Rs.5.
Ponmudi hill resort is cool and quiet. As the hills come awake you can begin a pleasurable exploration of the wooded paths. Trekking is a passion with visitors to Ponmudi. Ponmudi has other surprises too for you. www.flycatcherstours.com