Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandram is the capital of Kerala. It is so called as it considered to be the abode of Anantha, according to the Hindu mythology, who is the sacred serpent of Lord Vishnu. The mesmerizing sunsets, lagoons fringed by coconut groves bordering its beautiful lagoons, aromatic spice and coffee plantations and cool breeze provide the ultimate experience to all the senses of a human body. Exotic seafood cuisines of Kerala that tickles one's taste buds are not to be forgotten. The city is also nicknamed as the 'City of Seven Hills' and was once a very popular port where Romans, Jews, Arabs and Christians came frequently. Still it is one of the biggest centers of industries related to sea and marine trade.
The legend says that Lord Parashuram snatched this land away from the
sea by throwing his axe at it and thus, sea fearfully receded. Thus,
Kerala along with Trivandrum emerged from the sea. The abundant natural
beauty of the city is inconceivable. The mix of traditional and modern
culture makes Trivandrum a heavenly experience. The city has played an
important role in the maritime history and is today, more popular among
the tourists for its Ayurvedic centers. The space research here is at
par with rest of the world while the gorgeous backwaters and lagoon
cruises and scenic beaches and seashores make it the first choice for
the sea and water sport lovers. For lazier people, this Otiental
paradise has relaxing Ayurvedic massages to offer.
Trivandrum's Prime Attractions
One of the Asia's best zoos, it has dense forests and beautiful lakes.
Government Art Museum:
Napier Museum or Government Art Museum is a 19th century edifice that
is a delightful mix of Kerala, Mughal, Chinese and Italian architectural
styles. Its natural air-conditioning system makes viewing the bronze
statues, ancient ornaments and costumes, ivory carvings and musical
instruments, a pleasurable experience. There is a whole temple chariot
on display too.
Sree Chitra Art Gallery:
Exhibiting the best of Roerich and Raja Ravi Verma besides the Mughal,
Rajput, Bengal and Tanjore schools of paintings, this art gallery also
boasts of a rich collection of art from the Far East and Bali.
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple:
Accessible only by Hindus, this temple is 260 yr old and has a 100-ft
gopuram. Its edifice presents a mix of Kerala and Dravidian
architecture. The presiding deity known as Sri Padmanabhaswamy is an
incarnation of Lord Vishnu in the reclining position on the serpent
Puttan Malika Palace Museum:
Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balrama Verma of Travancore, an eminent poet
and musician conceived the palace (now turned into a museum) as a rare
example of the traditional Travancore style of architecture. It exhibits
beautiful woodcarvings and art pieces along with articles that are
related to trade relations of the region with China and Europe mainly
because of the spices that grew abundantly here.
The 5,000-year-old martial art of Kerala, Kalarippayattu, has been kept
alive and preserved carefully by the institutions and the training
centers of the region. It is believed to be origin of all martial art
forms and also has its very own branch of medicine known as
'kalarichikitsa'. The institutions offer viewing the martial art
performances or the treatments in their special healing centres.
One of the best beaches of the world, Kovalam offers the best of
tropical dream with swaying coconut groves, safe seashores where one can
swim or just tan the body in the sun and delicious dishes in the seafood
special restaurants and food stalls. One can also experience a visit to
one of the Ayurvedic spas here.
Trivandrum City Facts
This city guide presents all the information related to the travel and tourism of Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuram, the Capital of Kerala.
|Location:||Situated in Kerala, India.|
|Climate:||Moderate climate all the year round though monsoons bring heavy rainfalls to the city.|
How to Reach:
|By Air:||Trivandrum has daily domestic flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore and international flights to Male, Colombo and the Middle East.|
|By Train:||Thiruvananthapuram has direct trains to the major cities of Kerala and India.|
|By Road:||Four National Highways 7, 17, 45 and 47, meet at Thiruvananthapuram connecting it to all major cities in India. There are regular bus services to Bangalore, Chennai, Kanyakumari, Madurai and Pondicherry.|