Sree Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple, the temple dedicated to Lord
Vishnu, is an awe-inspiring structure that has a 100 feet high
'gopuram', built in Dravidian style.
historical landmark, the structure of the main building is a blend of
the Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture.
The temple, known for the Mural paintings and stone carvings is one
among the 108 temples dedicated to Vishnu in India. A magnificent array
of gods, goddesses, nymphs, sprites and demons adorn the seven-storey
'gopuram' that forms the temple tower.
Lord Vishnu, the presiding deity, reclines in the posture of
'Ananthashayanam' on the coiled serpent 'Anantha'. The temple is a proud
specimen of South Indian and Dravidian architectural styles.
Renovated in 1733 AD by the then ruler of Travancore, Raja Marthanda
Varma, this holy shrine attracts thousands of Hindu devotees. There are
innumerable pillars, intricate carvings and Mural paintings.
Outside the temple courtyard, there is a medley of shops that sell
souvenirs, handicrafts, woodcarvings and handiwork of sandal. One can
witness the craftsmen do their work right from carving the wood to
In the October/November months of every year, there is held the
Navarathri Festival of musical concerts at the Navarathri Mandapam,
adjacent to the main building of the temple. Only Hindus are allowed
inside and dress regulations are strictly followed.
Raja Marthanda Varma
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