Enclosed by Arabian Sea in the West and Tamilnadu in the East, the Western Ghats abound in wooded highland that make Trivandrum a hot tourism destination. With its pristine sandy beaches, breezy backwaters and long shorelines, Trivandrum entices tourists from all over the world. Its scenic views make it a favourite destination for nature lovers. Besides historic delights, Trivandrum also attracts devotees for being the abode of many temples, known for the finest architecture. Beaches of Trivandrum are the added attractions of the place that invite tourists to get soaked in a tranquil ambience.
Thiruvananthapuram derived its name from the deity Lord Anantha of 7th AD on which Lord Vishnu is seen to be in a lying pose. As per historical legends, Thiruvananthapuram was a renowned port city during 1050 BC and it developed trade relations with the Middle East and Mediterranean countries. The earliest known rulers were the Tamil Kings known as Yadavas or Ays, who reigned from 3 AD to 10 AD. The region flourished in 1745 under King Marthanda Varma, who shaped Travancore and made Thiruvananthapuram its capital.
Major Tourist Attractions in Trivandrum
Padmanabha Swamy Temple
Lying in the East Fort, Padmanabha Swamy Temple is among the most revered Vishnu Temples in South India. It boasts of being one of the 108 most sacred spots of Lord Vishnu in the works of Tamil saints. The salagramams, used to craft the statue of Lord Vishnu were imported from Nepal. A reclining statue of Vishnu on a large serpent, Anantha is the highlight of the temple.
Aranmula Boat Race
Held every year in the spectacular village of Aranmula in August/September, Aranmula Boat Race is a popular event of the place. It is a part of the famous Aranmula Temple Festival. A traditional feat is held inside the temple premises at the concluding of the festival.
Sree Chitra Art Gallery
Also known as Sree Chithra Art Gallery, it lies near the Napier museum. The gallery boasts of an explicit collection of paintings belonging to Raja Ravi Varma. Mughal, Rajasthan and Rajput paintings are also on display. The place is best to see the finest of Tibetan, Japanese and Chinese works. There is a complete section on miniature paintings, leaving you mesmerised.
It lies around 16 km from Thiruvananthapuram. This famous beach is a perfect spot for travellers since 1930. Kovalam comprises of three beautiful beaches- Lighthouse beach, Samudra beach and Hawah beach. Tourists can enjoy here various interesting activities like swimming, beach volleyball, boat cruising, sun-bathing, sailing, football and fishing.
Serving as the prominent attraction of the city, the museum dates back to 19th century. Built in the Indo-Saracenic style, it invites tourists to witness an amazing collection of archaeological and historic artifacts, old ornaments, bronze idols, a temple chariot and ivory carvings.
Other Places to See
Kuthiramalika Palace Museum, The Zoological Park, Shankhumugham Beach, Priyadarshini Planetarium, Observatory and Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre are other popular tourist attractions of the place.
Best Time to Visit
From October to February
A variety of South Indian, North India, Continental and Chinese cuisines are there to satiate your taste-buds. Marine food is the speciality of the place.
Being the capital city, Trivandrum offers a variety of shopping items. Tourists can buy from handicrafts, traditional clothes and miniature Kathakali dance masks. Other options include coconut shell products, coir products, doormats and small rugs.
The capital city offers all types of accommodation options including luxury and budget hotels.
How to Reach
Thiruvananthapuram international airport lies 6 km from the city.
Direct trains to all the prime towns of Kerala and other major Indian cities make it easy to gain access to the place.
A wide network of roads connect the place to all the important cities of India.