Aaranmula Boat Race
Edava Nadayara Lake
Welcome to Trivandrum (Thiruvananthpuram),
Thiruvananthapuram, also known as Trivandrum(Anglicised name), is the capital of the Indian state of Kerala. Referred to by Mahatma Gandhi as the "Evergreen city of India". It ranks first in the number of international tourists in Kerala also.
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 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). It is also considered as one of the cleanest cities in India.
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), holds a number of tourist spots. The entire tourism package such as hill stations, back waters, beaches, lagoons, and wild life sanctuaries are present in this district. Foreign tourists flock to Trivandrum, a destination for chartered flights to India for Medical tourism, as there are more than hundred recognised Ayurveda centres in and around the city. This is primarily due to Ayurveda's popularity in foreign countries. Recuperation facilities are available at five star beach resorts and hill stations nearby.
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. Masses throng the shores of the River Pamba to watch an imposing cluster of snake boats called 'Palliyodams'.
Each boat, nearly 100 feet long, is a remarkable feat of craftsmanship, with the stem curved to resemble the hood of a snake and a tampering bow. Festooned with silk and gold spangled umbrellas, the boats are manned by a crew of more than 100 men.
The Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve (ABR) was Established in 2001 and includes 3,500.36 km2 (1,351.5 sq mi) out of which 1828 km? is in Kerala and 1672.36 km? is in Tamil Nadu. The reserve now covers parts of Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari Districts in Tamil Nadu and Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Pathanamthitta Districts in Kerala.
ABR includes the Indian Ecoregions of South Western Ghats moist deciduous forests, South Western Ghats montane rain forests and Shola. It is the habitat for 2,000 varieties of medicinal plants, of which at least 50 are rare and endangered species. Rare animals include the tiger, Asian Elephant, and Nilgiri Tahr. Agastyamalai is also home to the Kanikaran, one of the oldest surviving ancient tribes in the world. Ecotourism is popular in the area.
Agastya Mala(also known as Agastyarkoodam or Agasthyakoodam) is a 1,868 metres (6,129 ft) peak within Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala in the Western Ghats of South India. The mountain lies on the border between the Indian states of Kerala (in Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram District) and Tamil Nadu (in Tirunelveli). The perennial Thamirabarani River originates from the eastern side of this hill and flows into the Tirunelveli District of Tamil Nadu.
Agastya Mala is a pilgrimage centre for devotees of the Hindu sage Agastya, who is considered to be one of the seven rishis (Saptarishi) of Hindu Puranas. The Tamil language is considered to be a boon from Agasthya. There is a full-sized statue of Agastya at the top of the peak and the devotees can offer pujas themselves. Agastyarkoodam has the largest biodiveristy in Asia. The lower elevations of this peak are also known for their abundance of rare herbs and medicinal plants. Around 2,000 medicinal plants used in Ayurvedic treatments are found here. Europeans, particularly those from England, were the first to establish tea gardens around the base stations of the mountain at Brimore, Bonacaud, and Ponmudi. Other major rivers which originate from the mountain are the Karamana River, which flows through the Thiruvananthapuram District and is the major source of drinking water to the city.
Akkulam Lake is a tourist village in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala state, south India. It is about 10 km from Thiruvananthapuram town. It is a well known for the picnic and backwater destination Akkulam Lake, an extension of Veli Lake, where it joins with the sea. Akkulam is home to the southern air command of India.
The Boat Club, which started functioning in 1989, now operates speed, safari, pedal and row boats from Akkulam to Veli Tourist Village. A traditional style Kettuvallam(house boat) is available for overnight stay. The swimming pool at Akkulam is equipped with glider and other playing facilities. The Children's Park is a unique amusement spot and has several new rides that have ben included recently. The newly commissioned musical fountain is an added attraction. The international convention centre, which will be the largest in Kerala is under construction in Akkulam.
Anchuthengu, formerly known as Anjengo, is a coastal town in the Thiruvananthapuram District of Kerala. The place possesses great archaeological and historical importance. In 17th century, the English East India Company selected Anjengo to set up their first trade settlement in Kerala.
Many ancient churches, an old lighthouse, a 100 year old convent and school, tombs of Dutch and British and the Anjengo Fort are major points of interest here. The churches are built in accordance with the principles of the Portuguese architectural style. The fort played an important role in the Anglo-Mysore Wars in the 18th century. Anchuthengu has a beautiful and clean beach. Fishing boats parked on the hot sand and nets drying in the sun are worth seeing. Kaikara village, the birth place of the famous Malayalam poet Kumaran Asan, is located nearby. It s about 36 km north of Thiruvananthapuram.
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.
Anjengo Fort is a fort near varkala.It is a place of historic importance as well as beautiful natural setting, Anjengo is an ideal destination for those who don't mind walking around and explore what is in store.The historic significance tagged to Anjengo comes through foreign powers like the Portuguese, the Dutch and finally the English East India Company. In the year 1684, the English East India Company chose Anjengo to establish their first trade settlement in Kerala.At Anjengo, one can find the remnants of the old English Fort, which was targeted several times by other foreign powers, who were at that time fighting each other to get a firm footing in Kerala.
The Fort is now under the protection of National Heritage Monuments. There is also a cemetery inside the fort, which most probably would be having the remains of the occupants of the fort, and the oldest among the burial sites dates to 1704.
Aranmula Temple is located on the Thiruvananthapuram - Kottayam route. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. A major attraction here is the snake boat race held as part of the Uthrettathi festival in August/September. "Aranmula Kannadi" is a hand made mirror of polished for which Aranmula is famous.
Aruvikkara is a village in Thiruvananthapuram district in the state of Kerala, India. It is located on the banks of the Karamana River 15 km from Thiruvananthapuram. The reservoir and garden makes it a tourist spot. It is famous for the ancient Bhagavathi temple dedicated to Durga, the divine embodiment of Female power, which is built on a rock. The stream in front of the temple contains large fishes, which are fed by the devotees visiting the shrine. The small Aruvikara dam (mini dam) which provides water to the state capital Thiruvananthapuram is also located in Aruvikara.
Attingal is a town and a municipality in the Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala state, India, bounded by the Mamom and Vamanapuram rivers. Sarkara Devi Temple, Varkala beach (17 km) and Anjengo Fort are major tourist attractions near Attingal. There is also a monument to the great poet of Kerala, Sri Kumaran Asan, who was born and brought up at Kaikkara (Near Varkala). The monument is at Thonnakkal, just 5 km south of Attingal. The historical fort of Anchuthengu is about 10 km from Attingal town and the famous Siva temple Avanavanchery Sri Indilayappan Temple is within the Attingal municipal area.
The family goddess of the Travancore Maharaja is worshipped at Kollampuzha Thiruvarattu Kavu just 3 km away, with annual public celebrations held every year under the auspices of the Royal Family and the Travancore Devaswom Board. he famous SreeDurgambika Temple is one and unique temple in South India with the blessed presence of Mahalaxmi, Durga Devi and Bhadra Devi. Temple located approx 4 km from Kacheri Junction towards Mananamukku, and located in Keezhattingal.
Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, one of the ancient temples of south India, is dedicated to the Goddess Bhagavathi, one of the forms of Parvathi. It is situated on the banks of the Killi river, in Thiruvananthapuram. The temple is beautified with carvings of the various manifestations of the goddess, as Mahishasuramardini, Goddess Kali, Rajarajeswari, Sree Parvathi with Lord Paramashiva and various others.
Ponkala is an exclusive festival for women, is on the ninth day of the festival. On the day of Ponkala, lakhs of women devotees assemble from different parts of Kerala as well as other states and prepare ponkala, a sweet offering of rice, jaggery and coconut, in earthen pots. After Ponkala, the chief priest of the temple goes around and blesses the devotees by sprinkling holy water and flower petals on them. On the concluding day of the festival, the goddess is taken out in a procession to the Sastha or Ayyappa temple at suburban Manacaud, a few km away. Caparisoned elephants, young girls with Thalappoli, young boys undertaking Kuthiyottam, and Nadaswaram parties form an important part of this procession.
Avanavanchery Sri Indilayappan Temple is situated near Attingal.It is a very well known temple in Kerala about 3 km south of Attingal.
Balaramapuram is famous for its hand-spun cloth. Weaving is a cottage industry here with cooperative activity. It is 13 km south of the city towards Kanyakumari on National Highway 47.
Children of all age groups will enjoy the vast collection of nearly 2000 dolls, stamps and masks displayed here. Observatory: Located at the highest point in the city, near the Museum complex 60 metres above sea level, one can have a bird`s eye view of the city from here.
Chalai Bazaar (Chala Market) is an old shopping area in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. The market is spread through the narrow 2 km road connecting Killippalam and East Fort, which runs from East to West. The by-lanes too have an array of shops. There is virtually nothing that is not available in Chala, from fruits and vegetables, gold and silver to paint and hardware. Most shops are open from 9 am to 8 pm daily except Sundays. The place gets very crowded in the evenings. A number of good eateries also dot the area.
Chitranjali Studio is located in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India. This film studio was started in 1980s and is owned by Kerala State Film Development Corporation(KSFDC). The studio is located in the hilltop of Thiruvallam and is spread in 75 acres (300,000 m2). The studio has the second largest sound proof indoor floor in Asia with 12,000 sq ft (1,100 m2). The studio has four outdoor film units, film processing labs, dubbing studios, preview theatres etc.
The East Fort is located at the heart of Thiruvananthapuram city. East Fort got its name from the eastern entrance to the fort built by the Kings of Travancore. The old city was all inside the fort on four sides with the Sri Padmanabha Swamy temple at the center. It is said that there were huge metal gates on this entrance to the Fort which was decorated with the symbol of a conch, which was the isignia of the Royal Family of Travancore.
Famous tourist places near East Fort are Sri Padmanabha Swami Temple, Chalai Bazaar, Gandhi Park etc.
Edava is a coastal village in Thiruvananthapuram district in the state of Kerala, India. Edava is located near the tourist spot Varkala. Edava has beaches and backwaters. There is an estuary that links Edava lake to the Arabian sea here. During the monsoon season, water gushes out of the lake and reaches the sea, people from surrounding villages come to watch the event.
Located in a well planned compound is a complex of museums and the city's zoo. The government Arts and Crafts museum, earlier known as the Napier museum is in a red and black brick Indo-Saracenic structure, designed by Robert Fellows Chisholm in 19th century. The museum has a vast collection of bronzes, stone sculptures, exquisite gold ornaments, ivory carvings and a temple chariot. The Shri Chitra Art Gallery is located north of the museum. Housed in a beautiful building, the gallery incorporates the best elements of the local architecture. The pride of its vast collection is the huge works of Raja Ravi Varma, who was the finest Indian artist of his period.
The International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) is a film festival held annually in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum). This film festival was started in 1996 and is hosted by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy on behalf of Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala. The festival is held in November/December every year and is acknowledged as one of the leading such events in India. The festival also has a section devoted to Malayalam cinema. In lines of IFFK, the Chalachitra Academy also organises the International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala.
Irumkulangara Durga Bhagavathi Temple is a Hindu temple situated in Thottam, Manacaud, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. It is situated about two kilometres to the south east from Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram City. The Painkuni Mahothsavam, major festival of the temple is mostly held in the month of March, lasts for 10 days and ends with Pongala and Ezhunnallathu.
Beema Palli is a shrine on Beach Road, 5 km south west of the Railway station. The Shrine is dedicated to Beema Beevi, a Muslim women believed to have divine powers and the festival is held in her memory. The festival commemorates the death anniversary of Beema Devi.
Janardana Swami Temple is a 2000 year old temple situated in Varkala.It is also known as Varkala Temple.Janardana Swami is a form of Lord Vishnu.It is a very well known temple in Kerala. It is 25 km north of Thiruvananthapuram. It is situated near the Arabian sea shore. It is referred to as Dakshin Kashi (Benares of the south). The temple is located close to the Papanasam beach, which is considered to have medicinal properties since the waters wash the nearby medicinal plants. It is also an important Ayurveda treatment centre. The temple has an ancient bell removed from a shipwreck, donated by the captain of the Dutch vessel which sank near Varkala without causing any casualties.
This palace is situated in the heart of Trivandrum, presently Thiruvananthapuram city. It is one of the most beautiful buildings of the district. The palace and its extensive grounds have become the venue for many cultural meets in these days.
Kappil Bhagavathy Temple is a famous temple located at Kappil in trivandrum. There are two temples, one for Lord Siva and the other for Devi Bhadrakali. The festival in Bhadrakali temple is very famous and it happens on the day of "Meena Bharani" which is a famous day all over the Kerala. Kappil Lord Shiva temple is believed to be about 1,000 years old. The idol of Lord Shiva faces to the west.
Kappil Bhagavathy Temple is listed in many histories of Kerala. The old royal family from Thiruvithamkoor used to visit this place during their summer vacation. It is believed by residents of the area that the cosmic power of this temple is strong. The Kripa of Lord Shiva flows like the River Ganges. The temple is considered an apt spot for those who seek self-realization.
Kappil is the north-west border town of Thiruvananthapuram district. It is located in Edava Panchayat at the cost of Arabian Sea, near Varkala. Scenic backwaters, beach and facilities for watersport are available. Nellatil, Edava, Paravur, Nadayara, Varkala etc are locations in the vicinity which are worth visiting. Here is also a famous temple Kappil Bhagavathy Temple and a tourust spot during the festival season.
Kappil Lake is about 4 kilometers (3.75 miles) north of Varkala Town.This serene estuary meanders through dense coconut groves before merging into the Arabian Sea. The bridge over the lake is quite a vantage point to view the backwater stretching white and grey to the distant blue horizon. Boating is another great way to browse this tranquil waterway.
Karamana river is a river flowing through the Thiruvananthapuram city (also known as Trivandrum), Kerala, India. 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 river gets its name from Karamana, a suburb of Trivandrum city, through which it flows.
The Karamana river has the distinction of having two dams on it despite its relatively short length. These are the Peppara Dam meant for irrigation on the upper reach of the river, and the Aruvikkara Dam, meant for irrigation as well as drinking water supply to the city of Trivandrum. Karamana is home to the famous temple of Sri Satyavageeswara (Lord Siva). The Mahadeva Temple of Thaliyal is very near, a walkable distance. Every year, Thaipusam festival is conducted with grandeur.
Kathakali is a highly stylized classical Indian dance-drama noted for the attractive make-up of characters, elaborate costumes, detailed gestures and well-defined body movements presented in tune with the anchor playback music and complementary percussion. It originated in the country's present day state of Kerala during the 17th century and has developed over the years with improved looks, refined gestures and added themes besides more ornate singing and precise drumming.
The Kerala Legislative Assembly more popularly known as Niyamasabha (meaning- hall of laws in malayalam), is the law making body of Kerala. The State Assembly is known as Niyama Sabha and is housed in New Legislature Complex. This 10 storied complex is one of the largest complexes in India. The Central Hall is described as most elegant and majestic hall with ornamental Teakwood-Rosewood panelling.
Killi river,also called Killiyar, the main tributary of Karamana River, originates at Panavur in Nedumangad taluk of Thiruvananthapuram District. The river flows through the heart of Thiruvananthapuram city and merges with Karamana River at Pallathukadavu. Attukal Bhagavathy Temple is situated on the banks of this river.
Kinfra Film and Video Park is India's first industrial park catering exclusively to the infotainment industry has matured into a complete ecosystem for the digital animation and cinema sector. A year after the first special economic zone for animation and gaming, came up here, on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala state, some of the most cutting edge technologies for the global cinema and TV content industry are being deployed.
Kovalam is a beach town on the Arabian Sea in Kerala, a state in south India. It is located around 13 km from downtown Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum). Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees. Kovalam has three crescent shaped beaches separated by rocky outcroppings. Shallow waters stretching for hundreds of metres are ideal for swimming. The beaches have steep palm covered headlands and are lined with shops that offer all kinds of goods and services.
The larger of the beaches is called Light House Beach for its 35 metre high light house which towers over it atop Kurumkal hillock. The second largest one is Hawah Beach named thus for the topless European women who used to throng there. It was the first topless beach in India. However topless bathing is banned now except in private coves owned by resorts. Visitors frequent these two beaches. The northern part of the beach is known as Samudra Beach in tourism parlance. The normal tourist season is from September to May. Ashoka beach is also the part of Kovalam beach.
In the extreme south of Kovalam is the magnificent Lighthouse. The name comes from the towering Vizhinjam lighthouse which is built on a rocky headland. Tourists are not allowed to go inside the lighthouse. Around the light house are memorials of Ayyanappilla Asan and Ayyippilla Asan which are visited by tourists in abundance. The beach is a long sandy strip. Lifegaurds are available along the whole beach side. The back side if the lighthouse beach is concreted and illuminated and is a great eat out place. You can almost get all kinds of sea food and all tastes.
Kowdiar Palace in Trivandrum, Kerala, India was built in 1915 by Sree Moolam Thirunal and was gifted to Sethu Parvati Bayi.It is the official residence of the Travancore Royal Family. Kowdiar Palace's architectural work is famous and has over 150 rooms. The entry to this famous palace, which has great historical importance is restricted.
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.
The Folklore Museum set up in 1992 is a treasure house of quaint musical instruments, occupational implements, household utensils, models of folk arts etc. Displayed in th Koyikkal Palace, they focus attention on the cultural background of the State. The Numismatics Museum houses rare and historically valuable coins denoting the trade relations of the State.
Puthen Malika Palace and Museum, most popularly known as Kuthira Malika (Mansion of Horses), is a palace built by Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma, on the south-eastern side of Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram. The palace gets its name from the 122 horses that are carved into the wooden wall brackets that support the southern roof. The official name of the palace is Puthen Malika (New Mansion). The palace forms part of a vast complex of royal buildings in the vicinity of Padmanabhaswamy Temple. The building was left unoccupied for more than a century, following the demise of Swathi Thirunal in 1846. Built in the 1840s, Kuthira Malika is a fine example of traditional Kerala architecture, with its typical sloping roofs, overhanging eaves, pillared verandahs and enclosed courtyards. Intricate carvings adorn the wooden ceilings with each room having a distinctive pattern.
A portion of Kuthira Malika has been converted to a Palace Museum that houses some of the assets owned by the Travancore Royal Family. The collection includes Kathakali mannequins, Belgian mirrors, crystal chandeliers, paintings, armaments, musical instruments, traditional furniture and other artifacts. On the right side of the mannequins are the ivory cradles of various sizes. The palace has on display two royal thrones, one made of ivory and the other of Bohemian crystal with the Tranvancore emblem 'conch' adorning the top of the backrest. The palace has a large collection of idols and sculptures made from white marble. On the first floor are rooms that once served as the audience chamber, the library and an alcove that Swathi Thirunal used for meditating and for conceiving many of his famous musical compositions. This place offers a direct view of the Padmanabhaswamy temple gopuram.
Mar Ivanios College is a college situated in Trivandrum, the capital city of Kerala, India. The college is located on a small hilltop with a sprawling campus area of hundreds of acres in Bethany Hills, Nalanchira, Thiruvananthapuram. The College was founded in 1949 as an affiliated college of the then University of Travancore, later on under the Kerala University.The college is the dream child of the Late Archbishop Mar Ivanios of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church.
Meenmutty Falls is located 45 km from Trivandrum city in Thiruvananthapuram District in the state of Kerala, India. This waterfalls is located near the Neyyar reservoir area. No transportation is available to the falls. The visitor has to trek through the dense forests to reach the falls. The Kombaikani waterfalls is also near to Meenmutti. It is 2 km upstream the Meenmutti falls. This waterfalls is on the trek path to Agastyakoodam. There is a forest rest house near the falls. To visit the falls permission from the forest department is required. A guide is sent along with you to the falls.
The Nair Brigade was the army of the erstwhile kingdom of Travancore in India. Nairs were a warrior community in the region which was responsible for the security of Travancore and other local kingdoms. The building is now the Legislative Museum of Kerala.
The Napier Museum is an art and natural history museum situated in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), the capital city of Kerala, India. The museum was established in 1855. In 1874, the old Museum Building was demolished and foundation for the new building was laid. The new building was named after Lord Napier, the Governor of Madras from 1866-1872. The architectural masterpiece was designed by Robert Chisholm, the consulting Architect of the Madras Government and the construction was completed in 1880. Napier Museum is a landmark in the city with its unique ornamentation and architectural style with gothic roof and minarets. The Indo-Saracenic structure also boasts a natural air conditioning system.
The museum houses a rare collection of archaeological and historic artifacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings. It also contains the Sri Chitra Art Gallery, which contains works from Raja Ravi Varma and Nicholas Roerich, as well as examples of Mughal and Tanjore art. The Museum grounds also hold a Zoological garden, which is one of the oldest in India. This Zoo was established in 1857 and is spread over 55 acres (220,000 m2) of land.
The Natural History Museum to the east of the government museum has a vast collection of replica of a typical Kerala Nair wooden house, naluketu, detailing the principles of its construction. The Kanakakunnu Palace where the royal family of Travancore once entertained their guests is adjacent to this complex, on the top of a hill.
The Neyyar River is a river of south-western India in the Western Ghats. It flows from the Agastya Mala (also known as Agastyarkoodam) hills in of Thiruvananthapuram District of Kerala state. The river passes through Neyyattinkara taluk into the Arabian Sea near Poovar. It has a total length of 56 km. Tributaries include the Kallar River, Mullayar River, and the Karavaliyar River. It has several small canals along the river and the Neyyar Irrigation Project is situated in this river. A safari park is located near the river.
Neyyar dam is a dam in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala, South India, located on the foot of the Western Ghats about 30 km from Thiruvananthapuram. It was established in 1958 and is a popular picnic spot. Lying against the southern low hills of the Western Ghats, Neyyar Dam has a beautiful lake.
Neyyar Dam is home to the beautiful and peaceful Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwanthari Ashram where you can take courses in Yogga and practice meditation. The trees that are growing inside the Ashram are astonishing by their height and vigor, which is due to both care by the people and influx of good energy arising from the participants.Try drinking the juice from a local coconut and eating the white milky lining. On the journey from Trivandrum you will see rubber plantations and the local harvest of the white latex that comes from the trees. Boating facility is also available here.
The Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary in the southern state of Kerala in India is spread over the southeast corner of the Western Ghats, and covers a total area of 128 km2 (49.4 sq mi). This sanctuary has a substantial natural vegetation cover. The diversity of its flora makes the sanctuary an ideal gene pool preserve. There are 39 species of mammals, including Tiger, Leopard, Sloth bear, Elephant, Sambar, Barking deer, Bonnet macaque, Nilgiri Langur an Nilgiri tahr. 176 species of birds, 30 species of reptiles, 17 species of amphibians and 40 species of fishes are reported from the sanctuary.
The administrative complex of Neyyar complex Wildlife Sanctuary is about 1 kilometer West of Neyyar Dam outside the sanctuary complex and has an information center, staff quarters, rest house, and a youth hostel. The sanctuary offers facilities for the tourists to visit the lion park and also boat on the Neyyar lake.
Onam is the largest festival in the Indian state of Kerala. It falls during the first month of the Malayalam calendar which is Chingam (August?September) and marks the homecoming of the legendary King Mahabali. The festival lasts for ten days and is linked to many elements of Kerala's culture and tradition. Intricate flower carpets, elaborate banquet lunch, snake boat races, Puli Kali, and the kaikottikkali dance all play a part in the festival.
It has Ten Days of Celebration. The most important things about Onam are the onakkodi, the new clothes worn on this day and onam sadya, a feast which is quite elaborate. This is usually a feast served on banana leaves and serves rice along with at least an array of 4 dishes. Traditional pickles and papadam are also served. Dessert is usually 'payasam', a sweet dish made of milk, sugar and other traditional Indian savories.
The Padmanabhaswamy temple, also known as the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple, is a famous Hindu temple of Lord Vishnu, located inside the Fort in the city of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. The temple is one of the 108 divya desam, the holiest abodes of Lord Vishnu. The main deity, Padmanabhaswamy, is a form of Vishnu in Anananthasayanam posture (in eternal sleep of yognidra). This is an ancient temple and the city of Thiruvananthapuram derives its name from the name of the presiding deity enshrined in the temple.
The Masjid-i Jahan-Numa(The 'World-reflecting Mosque'), commonly known as the Palayam Pally of Trivandrum, is the principal mosque of Trivandrum in Kerala, India. It is a Juma Masjid (Friday Mosque). Moulavi Jamaludheen Mankada is the current Imam of the Mosque.
Kovalam Beach is well-known for its dynamic water sport activities. Besides the fascinating water sports, parasailing in Kovalam is also a major attraction for the adventure loving tourists. It is actually an experience to cherish forever.
Parasailing in Kovalam can be best enjoyed from the months of October to March. The sky during this time is clear and blue and the temperature is perfect to enjoy parasailing in Kovalam. The rocky shores and the azure waters provide the perfect framework to a spiced-up adventure holiday. First-time parasailors have a field day here with international grade gear like harness, helmet and other safety gear and instructors who do a thorough check of obstructions like live wires, trees and so on.
Parasailing in Kovalam allows a spectacular bird's eye view of the entire region which makes the excitement unique but one needs to be aware that the sea can be quite rough and is notorious for its strong currents.
Thiruvallam is about six km south of the city, on the Thiruvananthapuram-Kovalam road. There is an ancient temple here on the banks of the Karamana River, which is dedicated to the Trimurthis of the Hindu pantheon. A shrine of Parasurama, built entirely of granite is found in this temple.
This 2000 year old temple on the bank of river Karamana, is the only one in Kerala dedicated to Sree Parasurama, the mythological creator of Kerala. This temple is a venue for ancestor worship. As part of the Ball ritual, devotees make offerings to the souls of the dear departed, after taking a dip in the holy water.
The Pathiyanadu Sree Bhadrakali Temple is one of the most Famous highly revered shrine temple in Kerala, Temple. The shrine is in Mullassery. It is 1.5 kilometres (0.93 miles) from Karakulam under Nedumagad Thaluk. It is 12.5 kilometres (7.8 miles) from Thiruvananthapuram. The temple is managed by Pathiyanadu Sree Bhadrakali Kshetram Trust. The temple enshrines Goddess Bhadrakali as the presiding Diety. The idol stands for Goddess Bhadrakali, the daughter of Lord Shiva. Goddess Kali is situated toward the north (vadakke nada). The idol is known in the local Malayalam language as Thirumudi. The idol of the Goddess in the Pathiyanadu temple is one of the largest among the idols of Kerala Kali temples. The idol is four and a half feet in height as well as width.
Pazhaya Sreekanteswaram Temple or Old Sreekanteswaram Temple, located at Puthenchantha in Thiruvananthapuram, is one of the ancient Siva temples in Kerala. According to the renowned historian Elamkulam Kunjan Pillai, this temple existed even in the 9 th century AD. This temple is the original abode of the Lord of new Sreekanteswaram. The new temple is situated just outside the "North Fort" in Thiruvananthapuram.
Maha Shivaratri and Thiruvathira are the days which attract huge crowds to the temple.
The Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary constitutes the catchments of the Peppara Dam on the Karamana River near Thiruvananthapuram, India. The Peppara Dam was commissioned in 1983 to augment the drinking water supply to Thiruvananthapuram city and suburban areas. Considering the ecological significance of the area, it was declared a sanctuary in 1983. The area was formerly a part of the Paruthippally range of the Thiruvananthapuram Territorial Division. Forests consist of part of the Palode reserve (24 square kilometres (9.3 sq mi)) and part of Kottoor reserve (29 square kilometres (11 sq mi)). The total water spread of the reservoir is 5.82 square kilometres (2.25 sq mi).
The sanctuary has a rich population of mammalian fauna and is emerging as a big attraction to wildlife enthusiasts and ornithologists. 43 species of mammals, 233 species of birds, 46 species of reptiles, 13 species of amphibians and 27 species of fishes are reported from the sanctuary. The common mammals found are Tiger, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Elephant, Sambar (deer), Bonnet Macaque, Nilgiri Langur, Nilgiri Tahr etc.
Ponmudi(The Golden Peak) is a hillstation in the Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala in South India. Its located 61 km north-east of Trivandrum city at an altitude of 1100 m. It is a part of the Western Ghats mountain range that runs parallel to the Arabian Sea. The climate is pleasant year-round. Trivandrum serves as a base for trekking and hiking. There are also tea gardens in the area.
Other attractions near Ponmudi include Golden Valley and a number of rivulets and rapids, some even across the road. The lush forest area has tropical vegetation. A variety of wildlife inhabit the hills. The Golden Valley offers vistas of the hills and access to the Kallar river. Flowing though a wilderness area, it has rounded pebbles, cool water, fish, and lush green trees.
Poovar is a small coastal village in the Trivandrum district of Kerala state, south India. This village is almost at the southern tip of Trivandrum. This village has a beautiful beach which attracts tourists. There are also some good tourist resorts. Its natural beauty enables it to be a quiet tourist spot. Poovar was a trading center of timber, sandlewood, ivory and spices. It is believed that the trading ships of King Solomon landed in a port called 'Ophir', which is figured out as Poovar.
Raj Bhavan (Hindi for Government House) is the official residence of the Governor of Kerala. It is located in the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
Sarkaradevi Temple is one of the most important temples in South India. It is situated South of the Chirayinkeezhu Taluk (in the North-West of Thiruvananthapuram district). The nearest town is Varkala and Attingal. Tradition accords a remote antiquity to this temple. Its main deity is Bhadrakali. The Sarkaradevi Temple assumed a significant status for many reasons and rose to historical importance mainly with the introduction of the famous Kaliyoot festival by Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma, the Travancore sovereign, in 1748.
Kaliyoot and Meenabharani Festivals are celebrated here.
The Science and Technology Museum was established in 1984. This is setup by the Kerala government. This was designed to inculcate scientific awareness in the minds of the youngsters. This is a place including recreation with study and is also an essential tourist attraction.
The science and technology museum is very interesting as it explains all the features in detail and this develops the children in raising questions. This museum is well maintained and is the right place for children to spend some time to gather information that may be useful in the future. Science is a fact that cannot be denied, and perceiving things directly always has a better impact than merely studying.
Shankumugham Beach is a beach in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala, south India. The beach is on the western side of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) city and very near to Trivandrum International Airport. The vast stretch of white sand and the serene atmosphere, away from the crowd in the city, provide all the ingredients for relaxation and for spending an ideal evening. There is also a ?Star Fish Restaurant? with eating kiosks and open air theatre with car parking facilities. Good food can be enjoyed at the Indian Coffee House, just across the beach, which is also a vantage point for enjoying the sunset. The beach is noted for its cleanliness. The famous Pilgrim center, the Vettucadu Church (Christ the King church), is also near Shangumukham.
The sculpture of Jalakanyaka - Mermaid by Kanayi Kunhiraman is an added attraction. This giant statue is more than 35m long. The 'Jawaharlal Nehru Park of Traffic signs for children' is situated here, which is helpful for the children to understand the traffic rules while playing in the park. The park also provides cycling facilities for small children. The military airport of the Southern Air Command of the Indian Air Force is situated at Shangumukham.
Aruvippuram is a village in the southern district of Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. It is famous for the Siva temple established by Sri Narayana Guru. The Guru consecrated the Siva idol in the year 1888. Aruvippuram Sivarathri is a very popular event attended by a large numbers of devotees and followers of Guru.
Sivagiri is a pilgrimage centre in Varkala, India where one of its social reformer and sage Sree Narayana Guru's tomb is located and place where guru was enlightend and got the salvation. The Samadhi (the final resting place) of the Guru here attracts thousands of devotees every year during the Sivagiri Pilgrimage days 30 December to 1 January.
The Sivagiri Mutt, built in 1904, is situated at the top of the Sivagiri hill near Varkala. Even decades after the guru breathed his last here in 1928; his samadhi continues to be thronged by thousands of devotees, donned in yellow attire, from different parts of Kerala and outside every year during the Sivagiri Pilgrimage days.
The Sivagiri Mutt is also the headquarters of the Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham, an organization of his disciples and saints, established by the Guru to propagate his concept of 'One Caste, One Religion, One God'. The Guru Deva Jayanti, the birthday of the Guru, and the samadhi day are celebrated in August and September respectively every year. Colourful processions, debates and seminars, public meetings, cultural shows, community feasts, group wedding and rituals mark the celebrations.
Sri Chitra Art Gallery is an art gallery in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. It is placed towards the northern side of the Napier Museum. It was established in 1935. The Art Gallery features a unique collection of traditional and contemporary Indian art. It is one of the few art galleries in India, which boasts the finest exhibits of both ancient and modern schools of Indian art.
St. Andrews is a beautiful place located in the Trivandrum district of Kerala. It is famous for its sandy beach and the jovial nature of its residents. St. Andrews is just 15 km from Trivandrum International Airport. Lots of parties and festive activities can be seen in this place during the Christmas-New Year season.
The St. Andrews Parish church started taking shape in the year 1918. History tells that the Portuguese visited this place and the name St. Andrews was derived from the name "Sandandarae" (the correct Portuguese word was "Santo Andarae" which means Saint Andrew). The historical records from the Travancore regime shows a place Sandandare west of Kazhakoottam and Chempazhanthy.
St. Mary's Malankara Syrian Catholic Cathedral Basilica Pattom , Trivandrum is the central place of worship of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church. It is the See of the Major Archbishop Catholicos of Trivandrum. The tombs of the Servant of God Archbishop Mar Ivanios, Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios and of Major Archbishop Catholicos Moran Cyril Mar Baselios are there.
The foundation stone of this Cathedral was laid by the Servant of God Archbishop Mar Ivanios in 1950. And the Cathedral was consecrated by Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios on February 22, 1965. Pope John Paul II visited the Cathedral on February 8, 1986. The wall pictures depicted in the Cathedral are wonderful examples of the rich Oriental vision and tradition.
State Central Library of Kerala is also known as Trivandrum Public Library. It is situated at the heart of Thiruvananthapuram city, the capital of Kerala. It is the first public library in India. Library has a digital collection in searchable format of 709 books, in English and Malayalam, archived using Nitya digital library software.
The New Heritage Model building within the campus is devoted for Children's library. A multimedia Section is also functioning in this building. The library is also conducting a certificate course in Library and information science.
Technopark is a technology park in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kerala, India. The park is dedicated to IT ventures. It is the first and largest technology park in India. Launched in 1990, Technopark as of 2010 has 450,000 square metres of built-up space, and is home to over 185 companies, employing more than 30,000 professionals.
Thaikkottaram is a resplendent affair with painted ceilings, rose wood and teak carved ceilings with over 90 different floral designs. The Durbar Hall has a shiny black floor especially made with a combination of jaggery lime, egg white, burnt coconut, river and charcoal, secret underground passages, granite tubs to cool curd and buttermilk.
Hanging brass lanterns lit continuously since the 18th century, room for scribes and accountants, the King`s bedroom with a four poster medicinal bed, hanging cage through which eagles tore criminals to death, open air swimming bath, pooja (worship) rooms with jackfruit tree columns, fish carvings on the ceilings, enormous teak beams, Belgian mirrors and an outer cyclopean stone wall fitted together without mortar, granite dance hall, Goddess Saraswati (goddess of knowledge) temple, large earthen urns and room for scribes and accountants.
The Oriental Research Institute and Manuscripts Library (ORI and MSS), under University of Kerala, is one of the leading centres of Indological Studies in India. This world recognised institute, situated in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), do the research in the fields connected with Manuscriptology. The department is microfilming the manuscripts of certain technical subjects. The genesis of this library is to be traced to the orders of Ayilyam Tirunal Maharaja (King) of Travancore to collect all manuscripts in the state so as to be kept in the safe custody of the Palace Library.
Thirichittoor Rock (or Thirichitta Paara) is a large rock located three kilometres north of Nedumangad. It is written in the Ramayana that Hanuman returned the rock after Sethubandan. "Thirichitta" in the Malayalam language means return or turn.
The rock is a tourist spot, and those who climb it can enjoy views of the town of Nedumangad and the city of Trivandrum, and visit two temples which have been built on top of the rock. The temples are dedicated to Hanuman and a Siva and Vishnu and conduct daily rituals.
The Thiruvananthapuram Zoo (also known as Trivandrum Zoo) is located in the temple city of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala, India. It occupies 55 acres (22 ha) of woodland, lakes, and lawns. The Thiruvananthapuram Zoo was established by the Maharaja of Travancore in 1857 as an annex to the Napier Museum. The zoo was originally built with the typical iron-barred cages prevalent at the time, and was designed for recreational purposes, but with increased loss of forest and wildlife due to human development, the goal of the Zoo has changed from recreation to conservation.
The Thiruvananthapuram Zoo is home to 82 species from around the world. Indigenous species at the zoo include lion-tailed macaque, Nilgiri langur, Indian rhinoceros, Asiatic lion, royal Bengal tiger, and leopard, as well a nine Asian elephants (as of March 31 2009). Animals from Africa include giraffes, hippos, zebras, and Cape buffalos. The zoo also includes a snake farm which exhibits both poisonous and non-poisonous snakes.
Vamanapuram River is an 88-km long river in southern Kerala. The river originates in the Chemunjimotta hills (alt. 1860m) hills on the southern side of the Western Ghats, and flows through Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts of Kerala.It ends in AnjengoLake(Anchuthengu Lake) near Varkala. The two tributaries of this river are the Upper Chittar and Manjaprayar streams.
Varkala Beach, also known as Papanasam beach is a beach in Varkala, Kerala, India, along the Arabian Sea, part of the Indian Ocean. The word Papanasam means wash away sins. It is believed that a dip in the waters of Papanasam Beach washes away all the sins in ones life. Varkala beach is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea. These tertiary sedimentary formation cliffs are a unique geological feature on the otherwise flat Kerala coast, and is known among geologists as Varkala Formation and a geological monument as declared by the Geological Survey of India.
There are numerous water spouts and spas on the sides of these cliffs.The beach is a haven for sun-bathing and swimming. The evening views of the sunset are worth lingering over. There are several small restaurants and snack shops near and around Papasnanam beach, which attracts the maximum visitors both for leisure as well as for religious reasons.
Varkala Tunnel is a popular tourist highlight. It was a 924 ft long tunnel built in 1867 by T.Mahadeva Rao the dewan of Travancore, and took 14 years to complete. Varkala Lighthouse is another tourist highlight in the vicinity.
Veli Beach is just within 3 Km from Shanghumukham beach. It is an attractive tourist destination in Trivandrum. Veli tourist village lies in between Arabian sea and Veli lake. Boating is available in Veli lake for tourists.
Veli tourist village is designed by Kanayi Kunhiraman, a renowned sculptor from Kerala. Veli tourist village is connected with the Veli beach by a floating wooden bridge. There is also a floating restaurant in Veli.
On the outskirts of Kerala's capital city, by the side of the placid waters of Veli lake, the Tourist Village and Boat Club attracts the city people and tourists. Veli, developed as a major tourist spot by providing facilities for pedal-boating, row boating, swimming, get together, etc. is just the right place for an exciting outing. The Youth Hostel at Veli which is hardly three km, from the international airport, provides inexpensive dormitory type accommodation. Veli, with its palm fringed lake is easily accessible by road.
Sri Venkatachalapathy Temple is a Hindu temple situated in Trivandrum,Kerala, about a minute walk from the southern gate of Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple. It is also known as Srinivasar kovil, Perumal Kovil, Iyyengar Kovil or Desikar Sannidhi. The temple was built in 1898. The pooja's in kerala temples are based on the Namboodiri sambradayam, instead this is the only temple in Kerala dedicated to Vaishanavite Vadakalai Sambradayam.
Vettucaud is located on the north-west coast of Thiruvananthapuram. The Madre-de-Deus church is situated here. This church is popularly known as Vettucaud Palli. The annual feast of the church called 'Feast of Christ, the King', is attended by thousands of devotees. The ten-day feast falls during the third Sunday of November.
Victoria Jubilee Town Hall, popularly known as VJT Hall,is a town hall in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.It had been built to commemorate the golden jubilee of the coronation of Queen Victoria in 1896. Even today, this colonial structure has retained all its glory and is one of the most sought-after centres for exhibitions and cultural get-togethers.
The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) is a major space research centre of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), focusing on rocket and space vehicles for India's satellite programme. It is located near Trivandrum, in Kerala, India. The centre had its beginnings as the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS) in 1962. It was renamed in honor of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, the father of the Indian space program. VSSC is surrounded by the villages of Veli to the south, Kulathoor to east, and Pallithura to the north.
Vizhinjam is a small coastal Town in Thiruvananthapuram District. There is a large sea port in Vizhinjam. Kovalam beach is just 3 km from Vizhinjam. The areas in and around Vizhinjam are known for its Ayurvedic treatment centers and internationally acclaimed beach resorts.
The famous tourist destination here are Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, Cave Temple and the Mosque.
One of the first zoos in India, it is located in a well-planned botanical garden. With huge trees like frangipani and jacaranda dotting the sprawling lawns and wild fowl swimming in the lake, it is like a small jungle in the heart of the city. A reptile house with different species of snakes is also located in the premises.
- Manacaud, Neyyattinkara, Vellayambalam, Kallambalam etc.
- Nedumangad : Agasthyarkoodam, a mountain preserve famous for its abundant ayurvedic herbs and medicinal plants.