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. Referred to by Mahatma Gandhi as the "Evergreen city of India", the city is characterized by its undulating terrain of low coastal hills and busy commercial alleys. With almost 745,000 inhabitants per the 2001 census, it is the largest and most populous city in Kerala; the wider urban agglomeration has a population of more than one million.

The city is the state capital and houses many central and state government offices, organizations and companies. Apart from being the political nerve centre of Kerala, it is also a major academic hub and is home to several educational institutions including the University of Kerala, and to many science and technology institutions, the most prominent being the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Technopark, the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) and the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER).The political background not withstanding, the city in itself is a marvelously beautiful place with its seven green hills, numerous beaches and a typical sunbathed tropical climate. The city has many other facets, the low undulating hills, narrow by lanes in the city center, the Yoga & massage centers and traditional medicine practitioners, the Ayurveda doctors. You sure will find many a quacks promising rejuvenation and restoration of sexual prowess with just one course of their special herbal medicine. Be careful, you may just get some bitter pills with a bitter experience.

There are many Kerala massage parlors, a craze with the tourists, promising authentic massage with herbal oils but here you must take advice of authorized travel centers or your friends. The better hotels of the city may also recommend the authentic ones.The people of the city are lovers of art and the traditional dance form Kathakali, which literally means "the art of telling a story", is just not to be missed when you are in Thiruvananthapuram. The people generally speak Malyalam, the official language of Kerala. However Tamil is also spoken and understood widely.

Location info:

The city of Thiruvananthapuram is located in the South of the state and bordered by Tiruneveli in the East, Kanyakumari to the South and Kollam district located to its North.


The city has a tropical climate and therefore does not experience distinct seasons. The mean maximum temperature 34 °C and the mean minimum temperature is 21°C.Thiruvananthapuram is the first city along the path of the south-west monsoons and gets its first showers in early June.The city also gets rain from the receding north-east monsoons which hit the city by October. The dry season sets in by December.The winter temperature comes down to about 15 °C and Highest temperatures recorded 37 °C.

History of Thiruvananthapuram City:

The city of Thiruvananthapuram is considered the art capital of the state of Kerala. It is believed that the history of Thiruvananthapuram is largely disassociated from that of the state of Kerala. While most of the Kerala had the hold of the Brahmin Namboodaris, Trivandrum was under the Ays, a clan known for its rich traditional and religious heritage. The rule of Ays date back to the early tenth century and it extended from Nagercoil in the South to Tiruvala in the North.

The Ays rule fell to the Venad rulers in the 12th century. The Venad rulers were known for their efficient administrative systems and the kingdom saw its pinnacle under the Varma King, Udaya Marthanda. The Venad rule brought about development of Kerala into a capital of art and learning.

Though Portuguese were the first Europeans to land on the West coast in the early sixteenth century but the Dutch craftily expanded their domain by signing treaties and pacts with the British to ensure trading centers. The middle of 1600 saw the Dutch firmly entrenched in Travancore, the modern Thiruvananthapuram. The Mysore invasion and iron rule of Marthanda Varma drove the Dutch out from the region. The Varmas continued to rule the region for decades with Rama Varma. The rise of Tipu Sultan and Haider Ali brought misery for Rama Varma but it is believed that his defenses were impenetrable even to the might of Tipu's army.

The British started their great design to oust all the Europeans in the later part of 1600 and by 1680s they were ruling over most of the Kerala including the Travancore. The stiff resistance from the French yielded no results. The story goes that the East India Company grew in Travancore from a sandy strip, bought from Umayamma Rani, just 20 miles north of the modern day Thiruvananthapuram.

Educational Institutions Thiruvananthapuram City:

Colleges University in Kerala Cee Kerala Entarnce
Palayam, Trivandrum, Kerala

iiser tvm
Kulathur Rd, Kulathur Rd, Thiruvananthapuram, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

C.S.I.I.T.C Avanakuzhi
Avanakuzhi, Kodiyannoor konam, Thannimoodu P.o Thiruvananthapuram 695123, Avanakuzhi, Kodiyannoor konam, Thannimoodu P.o Thiruvananthapuram 695123

Govt. College Attingal, BSC Dept
BSC Dept, Govt. College Attingal, Attingal (PO)-695101 Kerala, India, BSC Dept, Govt. College Attingal, Attingal (PO)-695101 Kerala, India

Govt. College Attingal, BA Dept.
Attingal, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

DreamZ Technologies
62, College Road, Nagercoil, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu 629001 09944444369

TKM College of Engineering
TKM College P.O., Kollam, Kollam, Kerala

Jayamatha Engineering College
NH 47B, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu 629301 04652 263440

MG College
Thiruvananthapuram, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Barton Hill
Thiruvananthapuram, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Medical College Hospital
Trivandrum, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala- 0471 2444270?

Mar Ivanios College
Trivandrum, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala?

College of Engineering Men's Hostel
Trivandrum, Kerala

Fatima Matha National College
Kollam, Kollam, Kerala

Younis College Of Engineering
Kollam, Kollam, Kerala

Sree Narayana College
Kollam, Kollam, Kerala


The local language spoken here is Malayalam the mother tongue of the people of Kerala known as keralites or Malayalees


Sri Chitra Art Gallery, located within the museum compound, proves to be an ideal place for art lovers. The piece de resistance is the large section devoted to the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, an Indian painter of distinction in the history of the country's modern art. The art gallery also contains works of Rabindranath Tagore, Jamimi Roy, K. K. Hebar, miniatures from the Rajput and Mughal schools of painting and the famous Tanjore paintings encrusted with semi-precious stones. The gallery's collection also includes paintings from Indonesia, China, and Japan.

How to reach Thiruvananthapuram City?

Nearest Railway Station:The Thiruvananthapuram central Railway Station is an important railway terminus on the South-Western Coast with train services from all parts of the country. The dty is well-connected by express train services to all major centres in the country.
Nearest Airport:Thiruvananthapuram is an international airport connected to some of the important centers in the Gulf, Europe and the U.S.A. by direct flights of Air India and other airlines. On the national network, Indian Airlines and other private airlines connect the city with Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kochi. Thiruvananthapuram is also connected with Sri Lanka and Lakshadweep by air. The Thiruvananthapuram airport is located at about 6 km. down town.
Road Transport:Thiruvananthapuram has a good network of roads that link the city to all parts of the state and country. National Highway 47 passes through Thiruvananthapuram city. The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation KSRTC and other transport corporations provide regular bus services to all major centers of South India.

Tourist Attraction of Thiruvananthapuram City

Sri. Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Temple
The ancient temple is the most dominating feature of 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. Exquisite stone carvings and pavilions are worth admiring. The temple is open only to Hindus and dress regulations are strictly enforced.

Veli lagoon
Veli lagoon The boat club attracts tourists by providing facilities for pedal boating , row boating , swimming on the placid waters of the veli lake.

Aruvikkara 16 km. It is both a pilgrim centre and a picnic spot. On the banks of the Karamana river, this spot houses a Bhagavathy temple with a water fall nearby. A Stream with fishes which come up to be fed by visitors is another attraction.

61 km. A beautiful hill station away from the city. The natural scenery, salubrious climate and the scope of hiking in high trails make the visit an exhilarating experience.

Kovalam beach is only 16 km away from the city. This unique wonderful beach will get pride of place amongst the loveliest beaches in the world. It is a sheltered bay and is endowed with unusual natural beauty.

Sankumukham Beach
The long stretch of clean sand is located near the airport. The water here, however, is not suitable for bathing.

Veli Tourist Village
A large recreational centre located near the airport along a sheltered lagoon offers landscaped gardens and watersports facilities. It is a popular picnic spot. Accommodation facilities are available in the youth hostel.

Public Park
Truly a representative of the clean and verdant aspect of the city, the Public Park houses many important institutions, like Zoo and the Botanical Gardens. The Zoo is open from 09.00 hrs. to 17.00 hrs. The observatory on the Observatory Hill is also located in the Public Park.

Kanyakumari, the land's end of India is only 87kms from Trivandrum. Also known as Cape Comorin, this beautiful spot is in the neighbouring Tamilnadu state.

Varkala is a pilgrim centre for the devotees of Sree Narayana Guru, one of the patron saints of Kerala, whose motto was "One God, One Religion, One Caste". It is only 51kms from Trivandrum by road and also boasts of one of the best beaches in the State.

Vizhinjam About 2kms south of Kovalam, it is believed to be an ancient port. The Dutch and Portugese had commercial establishments here. It is being developed as a modern fishing harbour.

Hotels/Lodge/Accommodation in Thiruvananthapuram City:

Keys Hotels Trivandrum
Opposite Fire Brigade, Housing Board Junction, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695001 - 09820451618

Comfort Inn Grand Trivandrum
MG Road Trivandrum, 695001 - 0471 2573649

Karikkathi Beach House
Cliff Beach Garden, South of Kovalam, North of chowara,, Via Nagar Bhagavathi Temple, Mulloor Thottam, Pulinkudi, Trivandrum, Kerala 696521 - 0471 2400956

Fortune Hotel The South Park, Trivandrum
M. G. Road, Trivandrum, Kerala 695034 - 0471 2333333

Shirleysbeach Hotels and Tour
Behind Coconut Groove restaurant, kovalam Beach, trivandrum, Kerala 695527 - 0471 2317303

Tutors Ln, Palayam, Trivandrum, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695001 - 0471 2573011

Classic Avenue Hotel
Manjalikulam Rd, Trivandrum, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695001 - 0471 2333555

Mascot Hotel
Mascot Square, Pmg Junction, Palayam, Trivandrum, Kerala 695 033 - 0471 2318990

Pankaj Hotel
Opposite Old Secretariat, M.G.Road, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala - 0471 2464645

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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
Kovalam Beach
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
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
Shanghumugham Beach
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
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
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 Backwater
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
Rock cut cave at Vizhinjam
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
Aruvikkara reservoir
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 Reservoir
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
Anjengo Fort
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
Koyikkal Palace
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
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
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
Beemapalli Mosque
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
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
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
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
Padmabhaswamy Temple
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
Sivagiri Temple
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

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
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