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Thiruvananthapuram Travel GuideThiruvananthapuram is a lovely place to visit and located in India's state of Tamil Nadu. It is decidedly one of the cleaner and well-planned cities of the country. The city projects the whole beauty of Kerala through its overwhelming greenery and enchanting beaches. It uniquely represents the culture of the state. One entering outskirts of the city will wonder at the colour of lavishing green.
The red-tiled roofs, the never-ending stretches of palm trees, the maze of narrow, winding streets and above all, the sea, make for a fascinating mixture. Its elegance and splendour leaves a lasting impression on the visitor. It is certain that this remarkable city would win the heart of every traveller.
Places to visit in Thiruvananthapuram
Shri Padmanabhaswamy Vishnu Temple
Near the famous Shri Padmanabhaswamy Vishnu Temple in the southern end of M.G.Road lies the Fort, the major historical interest in the city. This fort is the gateway to the temple which is built in the Dravidian style of architecture. The temple enshrines, and is dedicated, to the presiding deity of Thiruvananthapuram, Lord Vishnu. The temple was constructed in 1733 by a Maharaja of Travancore. The city derives its name from this temple, as the deity i.e. Lord Vishnu, is shown as reclining on his serpent, Anantha. The temple is open only to Hindus.
The Napier Museum
Another important attraction that we can find in the city is The Napier Museum which is located close to the Zoo and the park. With its remarkable old striking building the museum has a good collection of bronzes, ivory carvings, ancient musical instruments and life-size figures of Kathakali dancers.
Sri Chitra Art Gallery
The art collection at the Sri Chitra Art Gallery contains paintings of the Mughal, Tanjore and Rajput schools and a special section devoted exclusively to the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma. There are also works of art from China, Bali, Tibet and Japan.
The Zoological Garden of Thiruvananthapuram
The Zoological Gardens are said to be among the most well-planned zoos in Asia. The Botanical Garden within the zoo, houses specimens of almost every tropical tree existing. The observatory located on the highest point of the city, is one of the impressive architectural landmarks of Thiruvananthapuram.
Places to visit around Thiruvananthapuram
Taking a short trip from the city's airport we reach the Veli Lagoon, a serene tourist village by the side of a beautiful lagoon. Here travellers can enjoy the aqua sports facilities offered by the Veli.
It takes about 15 km from the city to reach the famous Kovalam beach. It ranks amongst one of the loveliest beaches in the world for its well maintained surrounding. This sheltered bay is ideal for surfing, swimming and sun-bathing. Other facilities include yoga, ayurvedic massage and water-sports. Overnight accommodation is available.
Neyyar Dam is situated 29 km ahead from the city. A small wildlife sanctuary and a crocodile farm are maintained nearby. And adding more to it is the boating and trekking facilities that makes the spot more interesting to visit.
About 61 km from Thiruvananthapuram, and 3000 feet above sea-level, is the idyllic hamlet of Ponmudi. A popular weekend getaway with the local people, it boasts of a complex of attractive cottages, and unlimited trekking routes across the sylvan hills that embrace it. Overnight accommodation is available.
Kollam is about 66 km from the city, was the ancient port of the state that received ships from all over the world. The region also houses the Astamudi Lake, ancient churches, the Thirumullavaram beach and some Hindu shrines. Backwater cruises to Allapuzha can be organized from here, and modest accommodation for an overnight stay is available.
Festivals of Thiruvananthapuram
The festival that the entire city, anticipates with great enthusiasm is Onam, which marks Kerala's New Year and harvest season, and comes around between August-September. The other spectacular event that transfigures the entire city of Thiruvananthapuram is Thrissur Pooram, the annual temple festival. During these festive days the whole of the city would be bursting with colours, fun and entertainment. And adding more to it is that we can see the famous traditional dance.
Map of Thiruvananthapuram
Route to Thiruvananthapuram
The city of Thiruvananthapuram is well connected with the other major Indian cities of the country such as Delhi, Mumbai by air, and railways. Travelling to this place is not a difficult thing. Transport facility is always available from all major cities. The city of Thiruvananthapuram is also connected b yroad via the National Highway 47 to Kanyakumari, Coimbatore, Madras, and Bangalore, so it makes it an easier route to travel by road.