Occupying a prized place on the map of Kerala, Trivandrum is a land of rich cultural heritage. It is the capital city of Kerala known for its various wonderful attractions. It is aptly called the gateway to Kerala which is one of the most enchanting tourist destinations of India. Ideally located on the south-west coast of the country, this city boasts of gorgeous green landscapes punctuated with backwaters. The natural beauty of this destination attracts tourists from across the globe.
Apart from the rich natural heritage, Trivandrum also boasts of rich cultural heritage which reflects in its traditions, cuisine, handicrafts, monuments, museums and fairs and festivals. The city is also known as Thiruvananthapuram. This city is also known as the city of thousand headed 'Anantha' (the holy serpent on which Lord Vishnu reclines).
Trivandrum tourist attractions encompass refreshing backwaters, stunning palace, beautiful temples, tea, coffee and spice plantation and rich wildlife. The architectural brilliance of the temples of this city will surely leave you spell bound. The glorious history of this city goes back to 1000 BC. During the ancient time this city was renowned as a centre of intellectual and artistic activities.
Some of the other famous attractions in and around Trivandrum are
It is a breathtaking beach located only at a distance of 16 km from Trivandrum. There are three wonderful beaches in Kovalam namely the Lighthouse beach, the Samudra beach and the Hawah beach. All these three beaches have their own unique charm. So do visit all the three.
Padmanabha Swamy Temple
Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, it is one of the most famous temples of Kerala. Located near Trivandrum, it attracts devotees from far and wide. It reflects beautiful Dravidian style of architecture. It is beautifully adorned with carvings and mural paintings which will surely leave you spellbound.
Kuthirmalika Palace Museum
It is a majestic architectural structure built by the erstwhile king of Travancore. There are several attractions inside this museum but the ones which deserve special mention are paintings, royal articles and wood carvings. It is a great place for history buffs.
The Napier Museum
It is a popular museum displaying a rare collection of ancient ornaments, archaeological artefacts, temple chariot, historic artefacts and bronze idols. It is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. It would be a great delight to visit this museum.
Sree Chitra Art Gallery
It is a fascinating gallery located near the Napier museum. It displays breathtaking paintings from the Rajput, Tanjore and Mughal schools of Art in India.
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