4 Must Visit Places in Thiruvananthapuram on your Kerala Holiday

Thiruvananthapuram, formerly known as Trivandrum is the capital city of Kerala. It is an exciting city with a mix of natural beauty, art, culture and commercial activity. In spite of being a capital city it does not have the maddening rush of a metropolis. It is also considered one among the ten greenest cities in India. Thiruvananthapuram is definitely an exciting holiday destination in Kerala.

In this article let’s check out 4 of the must visit places in and around Thiruvananthapuram.

Kovalam Beach

Kovalam Beach is situated about 13kms from Trivandrum. It is the most sought after beach by both the locals as well as Indian and International tourists. Along the stretch of the Kovalam shore are three beaches- Hawa Beach, Lighthouse Beach and Samudra Beach. All 3 beaches are unique and have something of interest for every type of traveller. One can lie on the beach and enjoy the majestic views of the water, the sunrise and sunset, and of the swaying trees. The adventurous can try out activities like speed boating, surfing, parasailing and swimming. There are also a lot of Ayurvedic massage parlours in the area which help the body to relax and rejuvenate.

Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Trivandrum Sightseeing

The Padmanabhaswamy Temple is located in the heart of Thiruvananthapuram. The main deity of this temple is lord Vishnu. The history of this temple dates back to the 8th century. The architecture of his temple is a blend of Kerala and Dravidian styles. It is made from stone, granite and bronze. Thiuvananhapuram city gets its name from The Padmanabhaswamy Temple. The word ‘Thiruvananthapuram’ literally means the land of Sree Anantha Padmanabha swamy.It is a prime attraction here and definitely one of the must-visit places in Thiruvananthapuram.

Napier Museum and Zoo

The lush sprawling complex houses the Napier Museum and zoo. Established in the year 1880, the Napier museum is named after John Napier -the former Governor General of Madras. It has a unique Indo-Saracenic architecture, which again depicts the rich cultural heritage of Kerala. Built during the colonial era, the museum has an extensive collection of rare artefacts, idols, ivory carvings, ornaments, temple chariot etc. This structure also has an in-built natural air conditioning system.

The zoo houses many animals and some of them are rare species. The zoo also has an interesting snake park known as The Anaconda House. They also have the Peacock- India’s national bird. This place will be enjoyed both by kids and adults and hence makes it to the list of must-visit places in Thiruvananthapuram.

Trivandrum Sightseeing

Ponmudi

Ponmudi is a hill station located in the Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala and is at about a distance of 52kms from Thiruvananthapuram city. This beautiful hill station is home to many flowers, butterflies, streams and rivulets. It also has tea and spice plantations, waterfalls and breath taking viewpoints. It is the base point to visit the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary. A lot of cottages are mushrooming in and around Ponmudi to accommodate the increasing number of tourists. This fast growing tourist destination is surely a must-visit place in Thiruvananthapuram.