It is about 17kms from the city. It is a historic spot which was left unnoticed for long time. There are rock cut sculptures of the 18th century in the cave temple. The granite cave here encloses a one cell shrine with a loose sculpture of Vinandhara Dakshnimurthi.he outer wall of the cave depicts half complete reliefs of the Hindu God Shiva with Goddess Parvathi. Rock Cut Caves in Vizhinjam, Kerala Rock Cut Sculptors are basically found in the cave temple and serves as an evidence for ancient glory and wonder of Kerala.The areas in and around Vizhinjam are known for its world class Ayurvedic treatment centers and Internationally acclaimed Beach Resorts. There is a small sea port in Vizhinjam. Kovalam(a tourist destination) beach is only 3kms away from Vizhinjam. As soon as Cheenu saw this post, he remarked the close resemblance to the Tripurantaka Shiva of Vizinjam to the Mallai penance panel Shiva. The ear rings and the facial features are remarkably similar. Let see both of them side by side and try to spot the similarities.
|Address: Vizhinjam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.|
|District: Thiruvananthapuram district.
|Nearest City: Kanyakumari, Madurai, Kochi , Nedumangad, veli, valiyachala, Kollam, Trivendrum.|
|Best time to visit: December to May.
|The climate is of tropical humid type with an oppressive summer and The temperature normally ranges between 27º and 32º C.
Interesting things to do:
|You can see the granite cave of Shiva and Parvathi.|
Interesting things to Visit:
Napier Museum :
A great architectural creation, the Napier Museum best represents the combination of the traditional Kerala style with the Mughal and the Chinese Influence. An English architect by the name of Chisholm designed the mansion in 19 th century. In present times it houses a rare collection of archaeological and historical artifacts.
Sree Chitra Art Gallery :
Sree Chitra Art Gallery is Established in 1935,The art gallery has a 100 years old world famous paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, the pioneering Indian patron of art in oil painting, who was born and brought up at Kilimanoor Palace in Kerala. The Artistic grandeur of Bengal school of Arts is best exemplified here.
Padmanabhaswamy temple :
The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu who is seen reclining on the Anantha serpent. The temple consists of a tower built of seven stories with rising pillars and intricate carvings decorated with mural paintings. Only peoples from the Hindu religion are allowed inside the temple premises places to the eastern side of the old fort ruins.
Pozhikara Beach is a nearby haunt beloved by tourists. The Karamana and Parvathy Puthanaar Rivers empty into the Arabian Sea at this spot.
The Akulam Boat Club:
Its just 8 kms away from Thiruvananthapuram is another famed tourist attraction. The club provides boating cruises on the nearby Akulam Lake. A bat ride from here to the Karamana River will cost approximately . It also houses an amusement park and a swimming pool for children. Tourists often visit this Club to picnic with friends and family.
The Kanakakunnu Palace is sited adjacent to the Napier Museum in Trivandrum. The Kanakakunnu Palace was built during the rule of the Travancore King. Royal banquets viewed the palace as the main venue. Later Sree Chithira Tirunal altered the palace and built tennis courts inside the palace premises.
The Three beaches :
The Kovalam palm beach line is formed by three seperate beaches. The most popular beach is the southern-most Lighthouse Beach. The middle beach is called Hawah beach. Each morning this beach acts as a base for the local fisherman. The northern most beach, Samudra, is least affected of all by the changing times.
Vizhinjam was once a commercial centre for the Europeans, Portuguese and Dutch who had trade ties with the local kings. The attractions at Vizhinjam are the ruins of rock-cut temples. The beach offers everything that is associated with seaside destinations of Kerala. There are fishing boats jostling for space, fishermen repairing their fishing nets and women haggling over the price of the day's catch.
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How to reach?
Nearest Railway Station:
Neyyattinkara Central Railway Station.
Cochin International Airport
Vizhinjam town can be reached by direct and regular bus services from Thiruvananthapuram and other major cities of Kerala. Kerala Road Transport Corporation buses operates ordinary, fast, super fast and Volvo buses from Trivandrum to all cities in Kerala and many cities in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Private bus operators run deluxe tourist buses from Trivandrum to Bangalore, Chennai and Kozhikode daily.
Nearest Visiting places:
Pallippuram Fort :
Pallippuram fort was built by the Portuguese in 1503. It is one of the oldest existing European monuments in India. The Dutch captured the fort in 1661 and sold it to the State of Travancore in 1789. This fort is situated in the northern extremity of the Vyppin Island at Pallippuram. The catholic church at Pallippuram is an important pilgrim centre of the Christians.
An idyllic hill resort with narrow, winding pathways and cool, green, wooded environs, Ponmudi is located 913 met~s 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. Food: KTDC restaurant.
The Pareekshit Thampuran Museum :
Its archeological museum adjacent to the Shiva temple in Durbar Hall Road,Ernakulam. This museum features collections of the 19th century paintings , Pre-historic monuments , Old coins in a numismatic gallery, Scriptures in stone & Plaster of Paris, Copies of mural paintings etc & the collection from the Cochin royal family. In the earlier days the museum was the Durbar Hall of Cochin Rajas where guests were welcomed, and where official ceremonies and meetings were held. Now under the State Archaeological Department.
Lying at an altitude of 1,890 m, Agasthyakoodam is the highest peak in southern Kerala. It forms part of Western Ghats and the Agasthyavanam forest, The hill is revered by both Buddhists and Hindus. For Buddhists, it is the abode of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara; for Hindus it is the abode of sage Agastya, a disciple of Lord Shiva.The hills are rich in medicinal plants, herbs and many species of birds and wild animals. Trekking to the top takes two days and is only permitted between December and April.
Paripally, 48 km 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 in the month of February-March.
This is the land`s end of India and is only 87 km from Trivandrum. This is also known as Cape Comorin. This beautiful spot is located in the neighbouring Tamil Nadu state. This place has got international recognition because of Vivekananda who started his journey from this place.
Koyikkal Palace, Nedumangad:
Located on the way to the Ponmudi Hill Station and the Courtallam waterfalls, this ancient palace dates back to the 13th century. Here you can see a double storeyed traditional Nalukettu building with slanting gabled roofs, an inner courtyard and museums of folklore and numismatics set up by the Department of Archaeology.
Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple:
There are rock 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 ofVinandhara Dakshinamurthi. The outer wall of the cave depicts half complete reliefs of the Hindu God Shiva with Goddess Parvathi
Sree Chithra Art Gallery:
Located near the Napier Museum, this art gallery displays select paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlova and Nicholas Roerich and exquisite works from the Raiput, Mughal andTanjore schools of art in India. The collection also includes paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Ball.
Chacha Nehru Children`s Museum:
This picturesque picnic spot is on the banks of the Karamana River. Near the Durga Temple here is a stream full offish that fearlessly come close to the shore to be fed by the visitors.
Santa Cruz Basilica Church :
This Roman Catholic church is situated near the St. Francis church and is worth a visit. It is a specimen of Portuguese architecture built in 1503. ‘Frescoes’ and mural paintings decorate the ceiling and interior parts of the church. The gothic architecture and the lofty spires gives it a unique grandeur
Connected to the mainland by road-cum-railway Venduruthy Bridge, Willington Island is named after the former Viceroy of India, Lord Willington. It is a manmade Island created from the materials dredged while deepening Cochin Port. Willington Island sites some of the district’s best hotels, Trading and industrial offices. Besides the airport, ship building yard, wharf, the Southern Naval Command Head Quarters, the customs house and the Cochin Chamber of Commerce and Industries, the government of India
Chinese Fishing Nets :
A legacy of the trading connections between China and India many centuries ago. The long rows of Chinese Nets silhouetted against the sunset present a spectacular sight of Cochin's waterfront. These are large nets which hang from bamboo or teak posts, still to be in use by the local fisher folk of Fort Cochin.
Vyppin light house :
The biggest Island, situated between the sea and the backwaters of Cochin. It is 24 km long and 2 1/2 km wide. There is a light house at Ochanthuruthu which is open to tourists from 3 pm to 5 pm. The Island can be reached only by water transport provided by boat services and Junkar. There are bus services on the Island.
Nearest Petrol Pump:
Vellar Petrol Pump
Karamana Petrol Pump
Indian Oil Petrol Pump
IOC Petrol Pump
Hill & Sea View Beach Resort
Shirleysbeach Hotels and Tour operators
Holiday Accommodation Rentals India
Hotel Uday Samudra
Travancore Heritage Hotel
Holiday Home Resort
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Vizhinjam Police Station
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Vizhinjam Police Station
Nedumangad Police Station
Mangalapuram Police Station
Al Arif Hospital
Divya Prabha Eye Hospital
ROY MEDICAL CENTRE
Sree Ramakrishna Mission Hospital
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|The city Trivandrum enriched with the royal heritage, is built over the undulating terrain of seven coastal hills and encapsulates beautifully the charm of Kerala. Clean and well-planned it has an abundance of red-tiled roofs, never-ending stretches of palm trees, mazes of narrow, winding streets and above all an endless shoreline. It is an ancient city with a tradition dating back to 1000 BC when it was the capital of the Raja of Travancore in 1750. In recent years the city has grown as a tourist and commercial destination, with its international airport becoming the main gateway to Kerala.....more|
|One of the most popular beaches in Trivandrum, Kovalam beach is situated at a distance of 16 kilometers to the south of Trivandrum city. The natural beauty of this beautiful beach is what attracts people from far and wide to come here. It takes an hour from Trivandrum to reach this scenic beach, which is famous for its beach resorts. The Kovalam beach in Kerala offers the best of facilities to its visitors like sunbathing, swimming, Ayurvedic massages and plenty of other options. Check out the Thiruvananthapuram Kovalam beach and come here to recharge your energy levels and feel refreshed once again.Kovalam beach has many beach resorts lined up to cater to different tourists and their varied demands.....more|
|Poovar beach is one among the natural wonders where the Lake, River, Sea and Beach meet the land and it is located in poovar near kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala, India.Poovar Beach separates the Neyyar River from the sea. Essentially a fishing village, it is a beautiful and unexplored beach resort. This stunning location has been successful in attracting many tourists over the years. This charming beach is considered as one of the leading tourists spots in Kerala. Poovar Beach is a place where life goes on as it did hundred years ago, nonchalant of the worldly transformations.Poovar Beach can be seen for the sake of its solitude and calm ambience far away from the madding crowds.....more|
|The Shanghumugham Beach lies about 8 km away, on the Western part of Thiruvananthapuram city, Kerala. Shanghumugham beach is one of the most pictorial beaches located in Kerala. Kerala, God’s own country, in south India has some of the best beaches in the world. Shanghumugham beach is one of them. A travel tour to Shanghumugham beach would help you to gather knowledge about the nearby places. The pristine beauty of the Shanghumugham beach has been successful in attracting the tourists since ages. Shanghumugham beach is a very soothing beach in Kerala which is home to idyllic sunset and sunrise in Kerala.The huge sculpture of a 'Nymph' (Jalakanyaka) made by the famous sculptor Sri Kanai Kunjuraman is a great attraction.....more|
|Somatheeram Beach is situated in Somatheeram near Kovalam Beach, Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala, India.Somatheeram Beach Resort rich with tradition, culture and overwhelming natural splendor, traditionally styled bungalows, built in wood and sporting antique carved doors and pillars, each building is a unique piece of Kerala and architecture. It has 15 acres of green garden terraced heights sloping down to the sandy beach stretching to the tranquil, turquoise sea changing colour and mood momentarily as the white clouds sail past over it. This is the perfect beach with a ayurvedic resort for all kind of ayurvedic treatments.....more|
|Varkala Beach is about 52 km away from Thiruvanathapuram, is the best spot along Kerala coast for watching sunset. The sight of the sun melting into the sea would blossom your poetic sense.The mineral water gushing from the hill is believed to have medicinal properties. The Varkala sands has become an ideal spot for confluence of cultures exotic and alien.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.A dip in the holy waters of Varkala beach is believed to purge the body and the soul of all the sins hence the name 'Papanashini' for this shore. At the break of dawn following the new moon in the Malayalam month of 'Karkidakam', thousands offer 'Vavu Bali', a ritual believed to help the souls of ancestors rest in peace.....more|
|Akkulam Boat Club Backwater|
|Akkulam Lake, the paradise of peace loving travelers, is situated 3 km away from Ulloor junction, in Thiruvananthapuram. A beautiful picnic spot developed on the banks of this lake has boating facilities, a well equipped children's park and a paddle pool. Those who live a life in multistoried flats and congested dwellings of the crowded city can breath fresh air and have cool bath in the swimming pool for as low as 15 rupees per head.Akkulam is a backwater tourism center just ten kilometer from Thampanoor –the heart center of Thiruvananthapuram city. Akkulam backwater is an extension of the well known Veli Lake.All sorts of boats are available for the entertainment of the tourists at very affordable rates.....more|
|Thiruvallam Backwaters is Situated just 6 kms from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, Thiruvallam is a popular tourist Backwater destination. This serene backwater stretch is also very popular for its canoe rides. Killi and Karamana are the two rivers that come together at Thiruvallam to offers its spectators a breathtaking view. A temple dedicated to Parashurama, the legendary founder of Kerala, is also located here.Thiruvallam Backwaters are a soothing sight for sore eyes. This destination promises an unforgettable vacation. A time away from busy city life to just layback and float along on a Houseboat and visit the local fishing villages where life stands still in time almost 100 years ago.....more|
|Cvn Kalari Sangham|
|Cvn Kalari Sangham is loacted at East Fort, Thiruvananthapuram district, kerala, its a walkable distance from the central bus station.CVN Kalari, a center of martial arts training.The center focuses in the over all growth and welfare of the disciple through the spiritual and ritual practices of training process. The Kalari is a practice ring or training centre on the lines of a gymnasium and Payattu is a duel. Hence, Kalarippayattu means martial skills learnt in a ring or training centre. Since Kalarippayattu is considered a sublime martial art, certain deities are placed in the Kalari and devotional rituals performed before every session to obtain their blessings.....more|
Thiruvananthapuram which was previously called Trivandrum is an ancient city with trading tradition dating back to 1000 BC. Thiruvananthapuram became the capital of Raja of Travancore in 1750. The name is derived from 'Tiru Ananta Puram', the abode of the sacred serpent Ananta upon whose coils Vishnu lies in the main temple.Trivandrum, the capital of the state of Kerala, the God's Own Country, now known by the name Thiruvananthapuram, literally translates into the "abode of Lord Anantha" and the headquarters of the Thiruvananthapuram District. It is located on the west coast of India near the extreme south of the mainland.....more
|Aruvikkara dam is situated 16 km from the city of Thiruvananthapuram, kerala.Aruvikkara Dam in Trivandrum is a favorite destination for a tourist which is dotted with lavish scenic beauty. Indulge in an expedition to the nearby sightseeing destinations in Trivandrum.Travel to Aruvikkara Dam while taking an excursion around Trivandrum, which is a striking picnic spot situated along the banks of the Karamana River. The temple of the goddess Durga which is located quite close to the Aruvikkara dam surely merits a visit. Another highlight of Aruvikkara is the stream located very close to the dam.This stream is full of fish and people regularly feed the fish which come very close and feeding the fish is indeed a very enjoyable activity.....more|
|Neyyar Dams & Reservoirs|
|Neyyar Dam is situated at 30km east of Thiruvananthapuram, at the foot of western ghats.Neyyar is the heaven for tourists who search for some serenity and isolation. A Tour to Neyyar Dam will refresh your spirits in such a beautiful surrounding. The dam is a part of the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary which is the home of unique species of flora and fauna. From wild boars and elephants to the vast range of medicinal herbs Neyyar is truly a nature lover’s paradise. It was established in 1958. It is occupying the basin of the rivers Neyyar, Mullayar and Kallar. Boating facilities are available at the reservoir.It is popular picnic spot in India,Neyyar dam is included in the province of Kallikkad Panchayath of Neyyattinkara Taluk.....more|
|Peppara Dam is located at Peppara around 55 Kms from Trivandrum. The dam is erected across the Karamana River.Peppara dam constructed across Karamana river and commissioned during 1983 to augment drinking water supply to Thiruvananthapuram city and suburban areas. Considering the ecological significance of the area, it was declared as sanctuary during 1983. The dam water meets the requirements of Trivandrum and places around. The cachment area of peppara dam reservoir forms the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary.....more|
|Fort Anjengo is Situated 40 kms north of Thiruvananthapuram, along the sea coast, Anchuthengu is a place of historic importance. It was here that the firstanchuthengu light house settlement of the English East India Company was established in 1864 A.D. Historically, the limits of area where five coconut palms stood was given on lease to the Company by the King of Travancore for trade purposes......more|
|Trivandrum Golf Club|
|Trivandrum Golf Club is located at Kowdiar in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala, India.Trivandrum golf course is laid out in the 1850s during the days of the late Maharajah Sreemoolam Tirunal, is one of the oldest in the country and is more than 150 years old. The royal family of erstwhile Travancore had established this golf course even before the Americans and the Europeans took to the game.The Trivandrum Golf Club is one second oldest golf courses in India dating back 1850’s.The club building of the Trivandrum Golf Club, a heritage structure which is more than 100 years old and noted for its traditional architecture.The building, of about 7,000 sq. ft.....more|
|Ponmudi Hill Station|
|The beautiful and peaceful hill station at around a distance of 60 kms from the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram and at an altitude of 1000m above the sea level on the Western Ghats, Ponmudi is a small peaceful hill station in Kerala, South India. True to its name meaning Golden Crown in Malayalam, Ponmudi promises a treat of a lifetime to all those looking for a break from the monotony of hectic life.Ponmudi, lying very close to the sea, offers a plethora of tourist destinations and activities that the people visiting this place can indulge themselves in. an ideal place for nature lovers, this hill station attracts people from all over the country to come and explore this untouched virgin nature beauty.....more|
|The Koyikkal Palace is located in Nedumangadu about 18 km from Thiruvananthapuram district, kerala.This ancient palace is built in the traditional Kerala architectural style with slanting roofs and a courtyard inside. This palace was built for Umayamma Rani of the Venad royal family. The Numismatics Museum is the only one of its kind in the state of Kerala. Located on the ground floor of the Koyikkal Palace, the coins showcased here belong to different parts of the world as well as to different periods of history.....more|
|Padmanabhapuram Palace is located in small town in Padmanabhapuram, Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala.Padmanabhapuram Palace is a magnificent palace that speaks volumes about the ancient architecture of Kerala. Padmanabhapuram palace is a place that should not be missed at any cost. The palace walls are adorned with ancient murals that date back to the 17th century. The ancient relics include royal seats with Chinese engravings, musical bow in mahogany, colored windows, beautifully painted and carved rosewood ceilings etc.This magnificent structure is constructed of wood, brought from nearby forests.The palace is located at the foot of the Veli Hills, which form a part of the Western Ghats and has the river Valli flowing past nearby.....more|
|The Kanakakunnu Palace|
|Kanakakunnu Palace is loacted in Vellayambalam, Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala.The Kanakakunnu Palace, situated near the Napier Museum, It was constructed during the reign of King Sree Moolam Thirunal. Chithira Tirunal, one of the most popular rulers of Travancore, modified the palace and constructed tennis courts in the premises. Used once as a summer retreat, this piece of architectural excellence was used by the Travancore royal family to entertain their guests.A major renovation project which was taken up by the State Government gave Kanakakunnu Palace a fresh lease of life and much of its lost glory has been restored.....more|
|Vellayani Lake is located at Vellayani, Thiruvananthapuram District, kerala.Located 7-km from Kovalam via Poonkulam junction. Vellayani or Vellayani kayal as known in local language is one of the three rain-fed freshwater lakes in Kerala, the other two being Sasthamcotta lake in Kollam and Pookkode lake in Wayanad. This lake is abourt 50 hectare huge freshwater lake. The most unique feature is that a road passes through the lake. The locals call the banks of this crystal clear lake as Tiny Kovalam. On Onam, there is a huge boat race on the lake which is attended by thousands of people each year.The lake water is extensively used for drinking and irrigational purposes.....more|
|Beemapally mosque, a suburb of Thiruvananthapuram (also known as Trivandrum), is right under the flight path of planes landing at the Thiruvananthapuram airport.This colourful Islamic festival is celebrated to commemorate Syedunnisa Beema Beevi, a saintly lady, whose tomb is in Beemapally (Pally means Mosque/Church) near Thiruvananthapuram. Devotees bring money in pots decorated with flowers, incense sticks and sandalwood paste, as an offering during the festival.One of the most important Muslim places of worship, the mosque besides the tomb of Beema Beevi also houses the tomb of her son Syedushuhadamaheen Abubacker.....more|
|Kuthiramalika Palace Museum|
|Kuthiramalika Palace Museum is situated in Kuthiramalika, Thiruvananthapuram Ditrict, Kerala.he name The name Kuthiramalika means 'palaceof horses' and is derived from the frieze of 122 wooden horses on the exterior walls. The roof beams are designed in the shape of horse faces and its unique architectural design truly reflects the meaning of Kuthiramalika, the horse bungalow. Besides the paintings, the exhibits also include jewellery items, metal idols and weapons used by the members of the royal family.The Kuthiramalika Palace Museum displays King Swathi Thirunal’s paintings and collection of musical instruments and an assortment of war arms belonging to the royal family of Travancore.....more|
|Napier Museum is situated at Trivandrum district, kerala.Its named after the governor general of Madras, John Napier, the Trivandrum Napier museum is located in the heart of the city. The museum is equipped with natural air conditioning and provides a glance of the rich historical legacy of Kerala. Napier museum and art gallery of Kerala are located in the same compound and the museum has a good collection of ancient archaeological artifacts. This museum was built in the 19th century.The Museum is located 400 meters east of Indian Airlines. In this museum you shall find a rich collection of fine ornaments that the queen of the ancient times used to wear.....more|
|Natural History Museum|
|The Natural History Museum, housed in a modern spacious building, is situated in the Napier Museum and Zoo complex. The Natural History Museum in Trivandrum, Kerala is no exception and a visit to it will be a very rewarding experience for everyone. It is a must see not only for the people residing in the state but also for all the tourists visiting it. The spacious building of the Natural History Museum houses a diverse and rich collection of ethnographic pieces. This museum was established with the personnel collection of minerals and books presented by General Cullen in 1885. The varied and rich collections are now on display at this new building built in 1964.....more|
|Karamana river is a river flowing through the Thiruvananthapuram city, Kerala, India and its 10 km from the city. The river starts from the southern tip of the Western Ghats at "Agastyar Koodam". The river flows 68 km westward and merges into the Arabian Sea at Thiruvallom-Karumam area near Kovalam.The land of Karamana is made fertile by the river.The famous karamana jumamasjid is in karamana. You can see this river on the Kanyakumari-Thiruvananthapuram Highway ( National Highway 47), the place is dotted with numerous temples. Major point of attraction here is the Karamana Boat Club, Karamana Mandapam, Mata Amritanandamayi Math (1.5 km), Madan Thampuran Temple, Sastha Temple and Shiva Temple.....more|
|Neyyar River is situated at 30km east of Thiruvananthapuram, at the foot of western ghats.Neyyar River originates from Agastyakoodam Hills. The river passes through Neyyattinkara taluk into the Arabian Sea near Poovar. It has a length of 56 km Kallar, Mullayar, and Karavaliyar are the tributaries of this river. The small canals of Vandichirathode, Kulathoorvaliathode, Maruthurthode, Athiyanurthode, Thalayilthode, Kottukalthode and Venganurthode pass through this river. Neyyar Irrigation Project is situated in this river. Boating facilities are available for tourists. Neyyar dam is built across this river. Neyyar is one of the best visiting place, You can see Neyyar Dam and wildlife while visiting this river.....more|
|Janardhan Swamy Temple|
|The Janardhana Swamy Temple is located on a hill, on Beach Road, half way between Varkala town and Varkala beach The presiding deity is Vishnu, and the idol including the lotus shaped platform is six feet in height. As per epic the idol was found from the southern sea coast. The sanctum sanctorum is round in shape and is facing east.. It's reached via a long climb of stairs to the top. However, only Hindus are allowed to enter the temple's inner sanctum.The temple is has been an important Hindu pilgrimage site since the 12th Century. All around the temple, there are strikingly crafted and painted images of Lord Hanuman in various poses.....more|
|The Padmanabhaswamy temple is 3 or 4 miles away from the Thiruvananathapuram Central Railway Station. This is an architectural wonder and a magnificent temple that is sure to amaze you. Situated in the heart of the city, the massive structure has a staggering 100 feet high "Gopuram", the main temple tower. Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple of Kerala is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, one of the Gods of the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu. The massive idol of the deity measures 18 feet in length and is covered with gold and other precious stones.The idol is viewed through three different doors. The head and torso is visible through the first opening.....more|
|Siva temple at Peruvanam|
|The Peruvanam temple is at Peruvanam, Cherpu,Thrissur District. It is located about 10km south of Thrissur town on the Thrprayar route, near Thayamkulangara bus stop, at a distance of 100 meters south.The temple stands on a sprawling 7 acre ground surrounded by a tall and hefty compound wall. The mathilakam (the bounding enclosure) is very extensive and has two dvarasalas, at west and east, the latter in ruins. Some 10-15 Aswatha trees punctuate the temple grounds with their wide spreading canopies.Lord Shiva plays a significant role in Hindu Mythology and thus thousands of temples and shines had erected to show respect and esteem to him. Peruvanam Shiva Temple in Cherpu is prominent among them.....more|
|The 'Sivagiri Mutt' is a 'Ashram' founded by the great Hindu reformer and philosopher, Sree Naravana Guru.Even decades after the Guru breathed his last here in 1928 AD, his 'Samadhi' continues to be thronged by thousands every year. The Mutt is also the headquarter of the 'Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham', a religious organisation established by the Guru to propagate his concept of 'One Caste, One Religion, One God'. The Sarada Temple and Sivagiri Mutt set in picturesque hill of Sivagiri near Varkala have now become a place of pilgrimage with great fanfare.Colourful processions, debates and seminars, public meetings, cultural shows, community feasts, group wedding, rituals all mark the celebrations in Sivagiri hills.....more|
|Temples of Parasurama|
|The Thiruvallam Parasurama temple is situated 10 km from Trivandrum on the Kovalam route. The Parasurama temple located on the banks of the river Karamana, is the only one temple dedicated to Sri Parasurama.Many Pilgrims visit this temple for 'Balitharpanam'. People make offerings to their ancestors, after taking a dip in the holy river. There is wide belief that the great monk Adi Shakara made the Bali for his mother at this place.Very famous for Pithru Karyiam (Oblations for the departed souls) where three rivers joins and flowing to Sea. It is believe that, the great Monk Sri Adi Shankara done his mother’s Pithur Karyiam at this place.....more|
|Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple|
|It is about 17kms from the city. It is a historic spot which was left unnoticed for long time. There are rock cut sculptures of the 18th century in the cave temple. The granite cave here encloses a one cell shrine with a loose sculpture of Vinandhara Dakshnimurthi.he outer wall of the cave depicts half complete reliefs of the Hindu God Shiva with Goddess Parvathi. Rock Cut Caves in Vizhinjam, Kerala Rock Cut Sculptors are basically found in the cave temple and serves as an evidence for ancient glory and wonder of Kerala.The areas in and around Vizhinjam are known for its world class Ayurvedic treatment centers and Internationally acclaimed Beach Resorts.....more|
Aruvi waterfalls are located at a distance of 60 km from Trivandrum. The weather of Aruvi region is as pleasant as the place itself, and a part from the scenic beauty, Aruvi is an ideal destination for trekking enthusiasts as well. Sage Agasthiar’s temple located nearby acts as added attraction which especially during the months of April to May attracts large number of devotees.Aruvi waterfall is another pleasant addition to the long list of picturesque waterfalls that dots the majestic landscape of Kerala. The scenic view of crystal clear water cascading down and creating a sound that is music to the ears of nature lovers is what makes the visit fruitful.....more
|Kombaikani and Meenmutti Waterfall|
|Kombaikani Waterfalls is magnificent waterfalls Located near Kallar, on the way to Ponmudi from Thiruvananthapuram, on the upper reaches of the Neyyar Reservoir. A trek of 2 kms through dense forests, would take one to Kombaikani waterfalls. The waterfalls and forecasts around them are worth experiencing.nd further on, another couple of kms down the track through dense forests you will come face to face to Kombaikani waterfalls.The waterfalls and the dense and calm forests around them are worth a look. It is a popular site for picnickers and attracts many trekkers, hikers, bird lovers and wild life enthusiasts......more|
|Mankayam Waterfall is situated in Mankayam, near Palode in Nedumangad Taluk, Thiruvananthapuram district.Mankayam was recently launched as a zone for ecotourism, managed by the State Forest Department. The Mankayam River in its course further down, produces two spectacular waterfalls.From Mankayam, visitors can go to nearby picturesque spots and can also go for trekking. Rising from the hill ranges of Chemunchi, the River Chittar, flowing down through the forests of Brymore creates a tributary in the form of Mankayam River. The Mankayam River in its course further down, produces two spectacular waterfalls.At the Mankayam ecotourism zone, visitors can seek the assistance of guides with the entire activities coordinated by the Vanasamrakshna Samithi (Forest Protection Group), working under the forest department of the State.....more|
|Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary|
|Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary is established in 1958.It is located 30 kilometers away from Thiruvanathapuram, the capital city. The Neyyar sanctuary is the drainage basin of the Neyyar river and its tributaries-Mullayar and Kallar. The Neyyar river and its tributaries flow along the entire stretch of the preserve. The irrigation dam at Neyyar receives water from the Neyyar river which originates from Agasthyakoodam hill . Tourists can visit the Lion Safari Park, Crocodile Farm and take a ride in the lake.. The Kerala Tourism Development Corporation arranges conducted tours to the Neyyar sanctuary.....more|
|Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary|
|Peppara Wild Sanctuary is Located at about 50 km northeast of Thiruvananthapuram in Nedumangad taluk , the capital city of Kerala, the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most beautiful wildlife sanctuaries of Kerala. Covering an area of over 53 sq km, the sanctuary is known for its verdant tropical forests and a wide variety of wildlife including birds. Known for its unique eco-diversity, the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a sanctuary in 1983, in order to protect and preserve its rich and diverse flora and fauna. The catchment area of Peppara dam built across Karamana River to supply drinking water to Thiruvananthapuram city and suburban areas forms the forests of Peppara National Park.....more|