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Trivandrum

Trivandrum

Thiruvananthapuram also known as Trivandrum, the capital of the state of Kerala is a beautiful seaside city built on seven hills. It is one of the oldest cities in India, with periodic references in many Greek and Roman literatures.The city is characterized by its undulating terrain of low coastal hills with narrow winding lanes and busy commercial alleys. Along with its natural and historical significance, the city is also popular for its ancient temples that are renowned for its architecture and which makes Thiruvananthapuram as one of the most visited pilgrim centers of India. Thiruvananthapuram became the capital of Travancore in 1750. The city gets its name from the word, Thiru-anantha-puram, meaning the city of Anantha or “the town of Lord ANANTHA”, the abode of the sacred Serpent Anantha on which Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the Hindu trinity, reclines. The city has a tropical climate and therefore does not experience distinct seasons. The mean maximum temperature is 34°C and the mean minimum temperature is 21°C. Humidity is high, and rises to about 90% during the monsoon season. Thiruvananthapuram is ranked first in the number of foreign tourists visiting Kerala and is a fascinating destination for holidaymakers.

Kovalam Beach

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Hordes of tourists travel to Trivandrum every year in the enticement of the Kovalam beach. Tourists laze around in the sun or play around the shores of this picturesque beach, which is among the best beaches in India. Sunrise and sunset on the beach gives an overwhelming experience to tourists who visit the beach.

Padmanabha Swamy Temple

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Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple is a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture located inside the East Fort. One among rare Vishnu temples in, the presiding deity here is of Lord Vishnu reclining on Anantha the Serpent. The temple is a place for art lovers and is also known for its mural paintings and stone carvings.

Napier Museum

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The Napier Museum is one of the oldest in India. It was named after Lord Napier, the Governor of Madras. The architecture of the museum makes it one of the must-see places in Trivandrum.The Napier Museum showcases Kerala chariots and ivory carvings. It also houses an array of priceless aesthetic and ethnic antiques.Kathakali puppet models, stone sculptures, wood and ivory carvings,lamps, fabrics, handicrafts, Kuftgiri items, musical instruments and a collection of the Chera, Chola, Pandya coins, bronze idols of Hindu Gods are few of the items displayed here.

Sree Chithra Art Gallery

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The Sree Chithra Art Gallery near the Napier Museum was opened in 1935 by the then Maharaja of Travancore, Sree Chithira Thirunal, displays rare collection of paintings by Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlova and Nicholas Roerich; exquisite works from the Mughal, Rajput and Tanjore schools of art. An oriental collection consisting of paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali offers a visual treat and are a tribute to the art and culture of these countries. The collection also includes unique copies of Indian mural paintings from pre-historic times down to the 18th Century.

Agasthyakoodam

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Second highest peak of Kerala, Agasthyakoodam is a peak and a pilgrimage center for the devotees of Hindu sage Agasthya nestled at an elevation of 1,809 meters above the sea level in Thiruvananthapuram district of God’s own Country Kerala and Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu. Trekking is the major activity that one can enjoy to reach the top of the peak. Visitors can also indulge in picnicking and clicking some snaps with your partner or loved ones in this natural place to spend some time. Or you can nature walk in and around the mountainous site, climb the rocks and watch the various species of birds in this place for further fun and excitement.