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Located in the southern part of state, Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of Kerala. With its population 1,687,406, the city is the largest city of Kerala and also it is political and cultural centre of the state Kerala. Lush with greenery, the city has beautiful landscapes. Once, our National Father Mahatma Gandhi said about the city - “Evergreen city of India.” Likewise, recently, as per a survey, the city is ranked in top ten greenest city of India.
Geographically, it has undulating terrain of low coastal hills and busy commercial alleys; besides, it has pleasant weather and other favourable condition that made the city, the largest agglomeration and IT hub of the stateKerala. Interestingly, the city is an academic centre of Kerala that homes various educational institutions along with several science and technology institutions such as Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Indian Institute of Science, the Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Kerala, Technopark, the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Education and Research, Regional Research Laboratory, Rajeev Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, the International Centre for Free and Open Source Software, the Centre for Earth Science Studies and many others.
The state capital Thiruvananthapuram is a complete tourism package for you; you can enjoy here range of tourists’ attractions such as hill stations, sea beaches, backwaters, lagoons, natural landscapes, religious places, historical places and wildlife. You can also enjoy here Medical Tourism. Because of having various Ayurveda treatment centres, Medical Tourism is flourishing like anything. Surprisingly, there are more than hundred recognized Ayurveda treatment centres in and around the city. With its modern facilities, Ayurveda treatment centres have been fascinating much to foreign tourists these days.
Major Tourists’ Attractions in Thiruvananthapuram
• Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple: Built in the year 1733 in Dravidian style by Maharaja of Travancore, it is the most famous temple of the Trivandrum City. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Here you can see the traditional dress i.e. ‘dhoti’ and ‘sari’.
• Akkulam: Located at the bank of Akulam Lake, Akkulam is one of the most preferred picnic spots. Here you can enjoy the peaceful surrounding among the scenic landscapes.
• Natural History Museum: Located in the city, it is store house of a rudimentary ethnographic collection.
• Sri Chitra Art Gallery: It is a beautiful gallery where you can see various paintings of Mughal, Rajput and many other Indian paintings.
• The Zoological Gardens: It is largely known for its mesmerizing design; you can enjoy here lawns, lakes and some animals.
• Science & Technology Museum and Planetarium: It is good place of children where they can learn the basics of science and technology with fun.
• Palace Museum: It is newly inaugurated Puthen Maliga Palace Museum where you can see various items belonging to Maharajahs of Travancore.
Major Tourists’ Attractions nearby Thiruvananthapuram
• Agastyakoodam: Measuring about 1870 m high, it is one of the highest peaks of Western Ghats located nearby the city Thiruvananthapuram. The peak is pretty notable for ayurvedic herbs. However, tourists enjoy here natural landscapes and pleasant weather.
• Anchuthengu: Located at the distance of about 40 kms from the city, it is situated at the coast; in addition, Anchuthengu has also historic importance, it is the place where English East India Company established in the year 1864 AD.
• Aruvikkara: It is reservoir located at the distance of about 16 kms from the city; the reservoir not only provides water to the city but also popular picnic spot.
• Aruvippuram: Located at the distance of about 7 kms from the city, it is popular for the Shiva Temple.
• Meenmutti and Kombaikani Waterfalls: These are the two mesmerizing waterfalls; interestingly, they are located in the dense forest hence, you also need to travel through the forest before reaching there.
• Neyyattinkara: Located at the distance of about 20 kms south-east from the city Thiruvananthapuram on the bank of Neyyar River, it is an ancient town. The place is popular for the temple and scenic landscape.
• Ponmudi: Located at the distance of about 61 kms from the city, it is popular hill resort. It is situated at an altitude of about 912 m and has beautiful surroundings. On the way of Ponmudi, you can have wonderful landscapes of tea and rubber estates all around the hills.
• Sarkara: Located at the distance of about 35 kms from the city, it is popular temple dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi. Sarkaradevi Temple is pretty important and popular temple of Kerala.
• Varkala: Located at the distance of about 41 kms from the city, it is important pilgrim centre. The most popular temple of the region is Janardana Swami Temple.
• Vizhinjam: Located nearby the Kovalam, it is ancient port; people now use it as fishing harbour where you can also see a light house.
• Kovalam Beach: Located about 12 kms from the city, it is one of the most popular beaches of India. With wonderful landscapes, it fascinates not only Indian tourists but also thousands of foreigner tourists. In addition, the beach is also adorned with various modern facilities such as luxurious resorts, Halcyon castle, swimming pools, yoga centre, Ayurveda treatment centre and shopping area.
• Azhimala Beach: Located at the distance of about 20 kms from the city, Azhimala beach is popular as Ayurvedic Resorts. Besides, there is also popular temple dedicated to lord Shiva.
• Veli Lagoon: Located nearby the city, it is a wonderful place with scenic landscape and modern facilities. You can enjoy pedal-boating, swimming, walking around etc.
How to Reach Thiruanthapuram ??
• By Road: By virtue of being the state capital, it has well developed road network and well connected with various cities of south Indian states. NH-47 and other State Highways are the major roads that connect the city.
• By Rail: Thiruvananthapuram is itself railway station, which is well connected with various other cities of India. It is interesting to share that the Thiruvananthapuram Railway Station is one of the most beautifully designed railway stations of India.
• By Air: City has Trivandrum International Airport that directly connects with various other cities of India as well foreign countries including Singapore, Sri Lanka and some Arabian countries.
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