Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram), the capital of the state of Kerala is a beautiful seaside
city built on seven hills. Located at the apex of southwest
India,Thiruvananthapuram district is surrounded by the Arabian Sea on the
west and Tamil Nadu on the east. The city gets its name Thiruvananthapuram,
meaning the city of Anantha or the abode of the sacred Serpent Anantha on
which Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the Hindu trinity, reclines.
Thiruvananthapuram has a long shoreline, with internationally renowned
beaches, historic monuments, backwater stretches and a rich cultural
heritage which make some of the most enchanting picnic spots and a much
sought after tourist destination.
Most visitors to Kerala use it only as an arrival point, speeding on
immediately to Kovalam.Trivandrum has good shopping areas and a variety of
comfortable and reasonably priced hotels. The famous Sri. Padmanabha Swami
Temple is dedicated to Vishnu and is a landmark in the city.
Some Of The Interesting Places To Visit:
Padmanabha Swamy Temple:
The temple is located
inside the east fort and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is a blend
of the Kerala and Dravidan styles of architecture. It is known for its mural
paintings and stone carvings. One among the 108 sacred Vishnu temples in
India, the presiding deity here is Lord Vishnu reclining on Anantha the
Serpent. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple. There is a dress code in
this temple where a man is supposed to wear dhoti and a women must wear sari
Kuthirarnalika (Puthenmalika) Palace Museum:
Palace was built by the King of Travancore, who was a great poet, musician,
social reformer and statesman. This rare specimen of workmanship in the
traditional Travancore style of architecture also has exquisite
woodcarvings. The palace museum displays paintings and various priceless
collections of the royal family and is located near the Sree Padmanabha
The IndoSaracenic structure dating
back to the 9th century, and boasting a natural air conditioning system,
houses a rare collection of archaeological and historic artifacts, bronze
idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings. The use of
plastic is banned in the museum premises.
Sree Chithra Art Gallery:
Located near the Napier
Museum, this art gallery displays select paintings of Raja Ravi Varma,
Svetlova and Nicholas Roerich and exquisite works from Rajput, Mughal and
Tanjore schools of art in India. The collection also includes paintings from
China, Japan, Tibet and Bali.