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  Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram, the city of the snake god , is the capital of Kerala State and is situated at south India. The city is a blend of modern and traditional architecture.
Thiruvananthapuram is an ancient city that had trading links with the other parts of the world. Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple, a landmark of Thiruvananthapuram, is 2000 years old.

 
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    Directly linked to the major cities.

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    Directly linked to the major cities.

  • Road
    Well connected by roads to all the major towns and cities in Thiruvananthapuram.


  • Local Transport
    Local buses, cycles.
 
  Major Places of Thiruvananthapuram

Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Built in the Dravidian style, the tall 7 storeys Gopuram of the temple is the most impressive landmark in the city. Located inside the fort, this ancient temple has been revered by Tamil hymns of the Alwar saint Namalwar of the 1st millennium AD. The presiding deity is Ananthapadmanabha (Lord Vishnu reclining on Anantha, the serpent god).

 

Veli Tourist Village

The tourist village located on the outskirts of the city is a waterfront park. It is an ideal picnic spot where the lake merges with sea. This well-designed park contains fine sculptures by artist Kanai Kunjuraman. The sculptures and the landscape are balanced in harmony. Rowboats and speedboats are available for those who want to have a ride in the lake.

 

Government Museum

Formerly known as Napier's Museum, named after a Governor General of Madras Presidency, the museum is located in a botanical garden. The garden also houses the zoo, the Art Gallery and the Natural History Museum. Built in 1880, the structure is a marvel in the traditional Kerala architecture with a blend from the Chinese and Mughal architecture. The museum has a good collection of bronzes, historical ornaments, ivory carvings, temple chariots and life-size Kathakali characters in full costume.

 

Sri Chitra Arts Gallery

The art gallery has a rich collection of Raja Ravi Varma's paintings. Ravi Varma provided a vital link between the traditional Indian Art and the contemporary. The collection also includes the works of Nicoloi Roerich and Svetsoslav, copies of paintings of Ajanta, Rajput, Mughal, and Tanjavur Schools and miniatures from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali.

 

Zoological gardens

The zoo in Thiruvananthapuram is one of the oldest and best in the country. It has a wide verity of fauna including overseas specimens. The zoo set among woodlands and lakes, beautifully landscaped, is a natural habitat for the animals.

 

Akkulam Boat Club

The boat club is a popular retreat for the residents of the city. It is peace and quiet away from the city away from the city. The lake has boating facility. The club has the largest children's park in Kerala.

   

Shangumugham Beach

t is a fine long stretch of beach adjacent to the Airport. The beach is a popular hangout for the residents of the city. A huge sculpture of a mermaid is beside the beach. There is a children's traffic park, an indoor stadium and a star-shaped restaurant near the beach.

 

Shopping in Trivandrum

The best buys from Trivandrum are Kerala's vast traditional handicrafts such as wood carvings, copperware, cane and bamboo furniture and crafts, lacquer ware etc.