Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) Travel
General Information - Trivandrum
Southern Coast of India (Kerala
Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple
September to May
formerly known as Trivandrum is gateway to one of the most beautiful
Indian states, Kerala.
Stretching along the southern coast of the country, with the Backwaters
reaching deep into the verdant countryside, Kerala affords a fascinating
experience. The city of the Thousand - headed Anatha, the holy serpent
on which Lord Vishnu reclines.
Trivandrum is one of the most beautiful cities of India.
Perched on undulating terrain of low coastal hills near the southern
edge of the Indian mainland, clean and green Trivandrum, which
was previously called Trivandrum, is an ancient city with trading
tradition dateing back to 1000 BC.
The city once formed a part of the capital of Travancore, which had its
capital at Padmanabhapuram, now in Tamilnadu.The city is also a welcome
departure from other large cities of India in its spacious layout and
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
centre for cultural activities
Prime Attractions of Trivandrum
The Aaranmula Boat Race is staged each year in the
scenic village of Aaranmula in August/ September. This river carnival is
part of the Aaranmula Temple festival. more..
Varkala is a sea side resort, as well as an important
Hindu centre of pilgrimage. High cliffs with rich mineral springs rise
majestically from the coastline. The 2,000 year old Janardana Swamy
Temple and the Nature Centre are the two main attractions here
temple, dedicated to Parthasarathi or Lord Krishna is said to date back
to the days of the Mahabharata. The Vaishnavite Alwar Saints have sung
its glory. more..
speciality of the Arattu at the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple in
Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) is that the head of the royal family of erstwhile
Travancore still provides escort to the procession of idols.
Peak is a spectacular peak in the Western Ghats that rises to a majestic
height of about 1868 m in the form of a sharp cone. It is accessible
only on foot, with 61 kms of trekking from Bonacaud, and 32 kms from
Neyyar Dam. more..
Akkulam Lake is situated 3 kms away from Ulloor
junction, in Trivandrum city. Boating facilities are provided in
the lake. The children's park here is one of the biggest in Kerala.
The ancient temple is the most dominating feature of
Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram). Overlooking the Padma Theertham Tank. The temple is
devoted to Lord Vishnu who is depicted reclining on Sri Anantha, the
hooded snake from which the city derives its name. more..
is a pilgrim centre located in a picturesque location, 24 kms from
Trivandrum. It is also a small but lovely picnic spot. The place
derives its name from a stream. more..
Beema Palli is a mosque situated on the
coast, nearly 5 kms south of Trivandrum city. The shrine is
dedicated to Beema Beevi, a pious muslim lady believed to have divine
Flavour, the exotic food festival provides a
rare opportunity to the gourmets to taste the traditional, authentic
Cuisine of Kerala and India. The national food festival is held in
Trivandrum from 5th to the 11th of April, every year.
This palace, home of the late Maharaja Sree Chitra
Thirunal Bala Rama Varma and his family is off limits to the public.
Koyikkal Palace, the ancient palace, located 18 km
from Trivandrum on the way to Ponmudi hillstation and the
Kuttalam waterfalls, dates back to the 15th century.
Renowned for the Sastha temple, Kulathupuzha is
situated on a forest range on the Thiruvananthapuram - Shenkottai road.
Kuthiramalika Palace Museum, a classic specimen
of Kerala Architecture is situated in 'Kuthiramalika'.
The museum contains a fine collection of Kerala's
bronzes, ornaments and contumes, and a model of "Tharawad' the
traditional Nair family home. more..
Neyyar dam, lying against the southern low hills of the
western ghats, 32 kms away from the Trivandrum city is a popular
picnic spot with a lake and a picturesque dam site.
The Neyyar sanctuary is spread over the
Southeast corner of the Western Ghats, and covers a total area of 128 sq
kms. The Neyyar reservoir is easily navigable and extends 9.06 sq. km.
Every year, from February 21st to 27th renowned
classical dancers perform at the Nisangandhi, an open air theatre in
Trivandrum city. more..
A place of elaborate woodwork, it was the ancient seat
of the Travancore rulers. It contains relics of historical and artistic
Paripally, 48 kms north of Trivandrum is
noted for its Gajamela or Elephant pageant. Over 50 elephants are taken
out on a ritual procession on the tenth day of the festival (February-
Priyadarshini Planetorium is one of the most
sophisticated and versatile planetaria in India more..
Located 8 kms from (Trivandrum) Thiruvananthapuram city, the
Shankhumugham Beach is a favourite haunt of sunset watchers. The beach
is adjacent to the Trivandrum Airport and Veli Tourist Village.
The long stretch of clean sand is located near the airport. The water
here, however, is not suitable for bathing. more..
The Science and Technology Museum,
situated in Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) was established with the prime objective
of setting up of galleries with working or animated and participatory
type of exhibits, on all disciplines of Science and Technology.
Located in the Napier Museum grounds, Sree
Chitra Art Gallery displays select Paintings of Raja Ravi Varma,
Svetlova and Nicholas Roerich 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. more..
Swathi festival is a gala event of music organised
by the Government of Kerala every year in the last week of January. The
venue is the famous Kuthiramalika Palace. more..
The Madre De Teus Church, popularly known as
Vettukadu church, is situated around 7 kms from Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram). The
annual festival of the church is celebrated over the ten days
culminating in the last Sunday of the laturgical year.
Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave basically constitutes
the rock cut sculptures of the 18th century in the cave temple at
The Aattukal Bhagavathi
Temple dedicated to the Goddess Bhagavathi is situated in
Trivandrum city. Pongala, an exclusive festival for women,
falling in February/ March, is the speciality of this temple.
Peppara wildlife sanctuary
sanctuary is a 'gene pool' sanctuary, with a rich variety of flora and
fauna over a rugged terrain with running rivulets, rolling hillocks and
green meadows. A boat ride on the site is a fulfilling experience.
Truly a representative of the
clean and verdant aspect of the city, the Public Park houses many
important institutions, like the Zoo and the Botanical Gardens. The
observatory on the Observatory hill is also located in the Public Park.
Veli Tourist Village
A large recreational
centre located near the airport along a sheltered lagoon offers
landscaped gardens and water-sports facilities. It is a popular picnic
spot. Accommodation facilities are available in the youth hostel.
Near Kovalam, it's a fishing
port, which is also important for an ongoing pioneer project to generate
electricity from wave energy.
Excursions from Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram)
The historic remains of the Anchunthengu Fort in Trivandrum
built by the English East India Company in the 17th century, and an
adjoining cemetery are noteworthy relics of this first major British
trading station on the Malabar coast. more..
It is both a pilgrim centre and a picnic spot, with a waterfall nearby.
On the banks of the Karamana River, the spot houses a temple, where a
rock cut shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagvathy, the divine embodiment
of female power. A stream with fishes, which come up to be fed by
visitors, is another attraction. more..
Kovalam is 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. more..
The salubrious hill station of Ponmudi is at a distance of 61 kms from
Trivandrum. The enchanting bounty of nature can be witnessed
here in the quiet surroundings. more..
If one staying in Benaulim, one is bound at some point to visit Varca:
the row of beached wooden fishing boats 2-km south of Benaulim
An important Muslim pilgrim centre, it is dedicated to Beema Beevi, a
pious Muslim lady believed to have possessed divine powers. Devotees of
all faiths visit the mosque.
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'.
Maps - Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram)