Place to Visit

 

Thiruvananthapuram

 

Thiruvanathapuram, Located at the South Western tip of the India, the Capital City of Kerala still remains its regal ambience with a number of colonial and traditional buildings. The City built at seven Hills, lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea. It has the blend of ethic and modern forms of Architecture. The Palaces of the Maharajas that ruled this princely state is still preserved in this traditional form.

 

Padmanabha Swamy Temple

 


A famous Hindu temple of Lord Vishnu, located inside the Fort in 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.Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple. Dress code: Men - Dhoti; Woman - Sari and blouse.

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Kuthiramalika Palace Museum

 


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.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. Location: Adjacent to Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple at East Fort in Thiruvananthapuram.

Visiting hours: Open from 8.30a.m.to 12.30 p.m. and from 3.30p.m.to 5.30 p.m. Closed on Mondays.
Entrance fee: Adults: Rs. 10/-, Children: Rs. 3/-, Foreigners: Rs. 20/-,
Camera permit: Rs. 15/-


 

The Napier Museum

 


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 minaretsThe 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.

Open from 10 am to 5 pm from Tuesday to Sunday.
Entrance fee: Rs. 2/- for Adults and Re.1/- for Children


 

Sree Chitra Art Gallery

 


Located near the Napier Museum, the Sree Chitra Art Gallery was established in 1935. The gallery has a good collection of miniature paintings from the Mughal and Rajasthani schools, Roerich paintings, paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali, and copies of murals. The century-old world famous paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, who pioneered the art of oil painting, is a star attraction of the gallery. Four hundred year old Thanjavur paintings are also on display at the gallery

Timings: 0800-1800 hrs. Wednesdays 1300 hrs; Closed on Mondays and a few holidays.
Entry after 1300 hrs free.
Entrance fee to the Museum and Art Gallery: Rs. 5/- for Adults and Rs. 2/- for Children


 

The Zoological Park

 


The Zoological Park in Thiruvananthapuram was built in the year of 1859. The Zoological Park is considered as one of the most famous parks in the city. The park is also the largest Zoological Park in the whole of India.Various species of trees and flowers are planted here and various types of wild animals.

Open 10.00 am - 5.00 pm. Closed on Mondays.
Adults: Rs. 5, Children: Rs. 3,
Camera permit: Rs. 15


 

Beema Palli

 


It is a mosque situated on the coast, nearly 5 kms south of Thiruvananthapuram city. The shrine is dedicated to Beema Beevi, a pious muslim lady believed to have divine powers.It is visited by devotees of all religions. The ten-day Chandanakudam Festival, which starts on the first of jama dul Akbar (March- April) of the Hijra year, attracts thousands of pilgrims. The devotees bring earthen pots (kudams) filled with coins as offerings. These pots are coated with sandal wood paste (chandanam). Hence the name 'Chandanakudam'.


 

The Kanakakunnu Palace

 


The palace and its sprawling grounds are today the venue for many cultural meets and programs.

Open from 10 am to 5 pm from Tuesday to Sunday.
Entrance fee: Rs. 2/- for Adults and Re.1/- for Children


 

Science and Technology museum

 


The exhibits here are related to science, technology and electronics.

Open from 10am to 5pm, closed on Monday


 

Secretariat

 


Built in the Roman architectural style, this is the centre of government administration in Kerala and houses the offices of ministers and the bureaucracy.


 

Kerala Legislature Complex

 


Located at Palayam, this is the new building where the Legislative Assembly of Kerala meets. With its towering dome, exquisitely carved galleries, ornate teak paneling and ceiling, combined with the most modern acoustic treatment and state-of-the-art sound systems, the hall is a beautiful blend of classical grandeur and modernity.


 

Shankhumugham Beach

 


lies about 8 km away, on the western part of Thiruvananthapuram city. This is a favorite haunt of sunset watchers. The beach is adjacent to the Thiruvananthapuram Airport and Veli Tourist Village. The beach is more crowded during the weekends and local holidays. Sunset at this beach is sight worth seeing.


 

Veli Tourist Village

 


Located 8 kilometers away from Thiruvananthapuram city. Here, the Veli lake meets the Arabian Sea. The lagoon here is separated from the sea by a narrow sandbar.


Facilities at the village include water sports in the lagoon and an 18-acre waterfront park with a floating bridge that connects the village to the beach. The tourist village here offers boating facilities. Pedal boats and paddleboats can be hired to explore the charms of the lagoon in a leisurely manner. For a quick ride over the waters, speedboats are available for hire.
Veli has a finely landscaped garden also with beautiful sculptures and a hanging bridge. Besides the Veli lake coast is remarkable for its mangrove thickets, one of the rarest in the entire state.

Open from 8:00am - 6:00pm.
Boat rentals (1000 - 1730 hrs): Safari boat: Rs. 15 per head
Speedboat: Rs. 150, Pedal boat: 4 seats - Rs. 50 for half an hour; 2 seats - Rs. 40 for half an hour.


 

Akkulam Tourist Village

 


An ideal place for picnic renowned for its tranquil beauty, is located about 10 km from Thiruvananthapuram. This spot was developed on the banks of Akkulam Lake, as an extension of the Veli Lake. Apart from the boating facility, the tourist village also boasts a swimming pool, a paddle pool and a well equipped children’s park

Visiting Time:7:00 am to 8:00 pm


 

Ponmudi

 


Ponmudi an idyllic resort with narrow winding path ways and cool green wooded environment is located 915 meters of above sea level. It is famous for the beautiful mountain flowers, exotic butterflies, small rivulets and springs. The hill station has excellent trekking trails. Ponmudi which means golden crown was named so because of the golden glow cast over its crest by the evening sun.Ponmudi is worth visiting any time of the year except during monsoons.


 

Kovalam

 


Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees and truly the coconut trees along the beaches gives it a ravishing look. The palm-fringed bays in secluded coconut groves, promise a relaxed stay. The boundless blue waters of the Arabian Sea and miles of white sands washed away by the surf at the feet of the stalwart palms and the rocky promontories, makes this beach paradise. This marvellous beach is a tourist's dream come true.The best time to visit Kovalam beach is during pleasant days from October to March.


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