Trivandrum - Experience the royal grandeur of the capital city
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), the capital of Kerala makes an ideal tourist place for both a weekend ramble and longer holiday. Well connected by air, rail and road, Trivandrum is famous for many tourist attractions. Set out in a Trivandrum city tour to explore some of the best landmarks and attractions of this city. Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple, one of the richest temples in the world, the Kanakakkunnu Palace and the Kowdiar Palace are some of the last remaining royal insignia of this city, which will remind you of the erstwhile kingdom of Travancore.
Some of the other stopovers in the city include the Observatory, the Science and Technology Museum, Trivandrum Zoo and museum, the Government Secretariat and the Tagore Centenary theatre, where live shops and entertainments take place regularly. Sree Chitra Art Gallery is famous for its impressive collection of exquisite paintings, with separate sections for Ravi Varma paintings, murals, water and oil painting.
There are three popular sports stadiums in the city including University Stadium, Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium and the Central Stadium, which have played hosts to many national and regional sports events. The velodrome at Kariavattom and the Jimmy George Indoor Stadium at Vellayambalam would surely catch the fancy of the sports buffs. No trip to the capital city can be complete without a trip to the Shanghumugham beach, where you can unwind and soak up the fun of the sunset against the silhouettes of the small country boats returning home after the catch.
Trivandrum tours will take you to some of the popular tourist attractions in and around the city. The most popular in the list is undeniably the iconic beach resort of Kovalam. Highly rated by foreign tourists, Kovalam is one of the finest beaches in India. The rocky promontory extending into the sea has created a beautiful bay of calm waters for bathing and swimming. Kovalam has a range of convenient accommodation options, cottages and resorts for every budget.
Check out the Trivandrum packages that comprise of the important tourist attractions in Trivandrum to ensure the best value for your money. Ponmudi, a pleasant resort located at an elevation of 912 m above sea level is another popular tourist attraction worth exploring. Famous for its plantations, tribal hamlets and adventure tourism options like hiking, Ponmudi is 61 Km from Trivandrum city and can be reached by road.
The Trivandrum city tours include a trip to Akkulam on the banks of Akulam Lake. There are boating facilities in the tourist village and a houseboat is available for overnight stay. The state of the art swimming pool in Akkulam has glider and other facilities for the swimmers. The musical fountain, children’s park and the international convention centre, which will be the biggest in the state when completed, are the other attractions.
Steeped in history and culture, the sea side tourist spot of Anchuthengu is another must see attraction in Trivandrum tours. Anchuthengu became the first settlement of the English East India Company in 1864 AD. You can still see the remnants of the old English Fort, which had withstood many a siege. There is a 15th century church built by St. Francis Xavier. A local boat club offers boating trip across the river to Veli, which is quite popular among tourists.
Thiruvananthapuram international air terminal is situated at a distance of 6 km from the city.
The state owned bus station is situated near to the railway station. Frequent buses connect Thiruvananthapuram with other towns in Kerala and other neighboring states.
The Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway station at Thampanoor is one of the major railroad stations of Kerala.