Thiruvananthapuram, also more commonly known as Trivandrum, is the capital of the state of Kerala. Its positioned at the extreme south west coast of India. Trivandrum is known for its terrain of coastal low lying hills and for housing lot of different government offices and related organizations.

If you're looking for an exotic adventure for your next vacation, you'll want to visit the city of Thiruvananthapuram. A primarily Hindu region, Thiruvananthapuram is a rich culture with unforgettable novel qualities. While you may find the trip “enlightening”, at the very least you'll get a rich education in Hindu tradition and lifestyle.

First time guests should lodge at the quiet, calm hill resort of Ponmudi. There's a deer park nearby the location. Guest house arrangements for picnic hampers are available for reservation. In getting acquainted with the culture, tourists might want to start their appreciation in the north end of the city by visiting the museums, galleries and zoos.

The Napier Museum sits pleasantly in a building of approximately 130 years. Some of the traditional pieces a visitor will find at the Napier Museum will be the ivory carvings and life-size figures of Kathakali dance costumes. However, the temple carts and historical ornaments will captivate the viewers as well. Guests can also visit the Natural History Museum.

See the humble paintings of the Tanjore, Raiput, and Mughal schools at the Sri Chitra Art Gallery. The gallery also houses brilliant artistic pieces from China, Bali and Tibet among other fabulous Indian paintings, including works from Svetoslav and Nicholas Roerich.

Keep it real on your first visit to Thiruvananthapuram with a class act visit to the Science & Technology Museum and Planetarium. And for an exceptionally welcoming experience, be sure to stop by the Veli Tourist Village for recreational water activities and fine dining between the hours of 10 am and 830 pm. Most of these places open later in the morning and close early in the evening.

Of course if that feels too serious, a tourist might feel more inclined to join the Aakkulam Boat Club or visit the Padmanabhapuram Palace. See where the rulers of Travancore were once seated. First time visitors ought to take one of the organized tours to enjoy the sights of the Padmanabhpuram Palace and get a full understanding of its history. As for the Aakkulam Boat Club inclination, don't let the name fool you. It's just a fancy term for a specific picnic area with a nearby boating facility. And guests can most definitely picnic on the boat if they'd prefer.

For less formal excitement, the beaches are the perfect guest hot spot for swimming and sunbathing in. Tourists will absolutely love the Shangumuham Beach with its large sculpture of a mermaid and fishermen clutching onto their catch.

The Neyyar Dam is another excellent picnic spot for tourists that provides boating options and a nearby crocodile farm. In addition to a miniature wild life sanctuary; a swimming pool and a lake garden for exploring is available for your first-sight pleasure.

There are some pleasant temples to view as well; such as that Ganapathy Temple in East fort, dedicated to Ganesh.

Many first time tourists prefer the comfort of an organized tour, which can be scheduled at the Railway Station's Tourist Reception Center with the local KTDC tour service.

Places of interest

Padmanabha Swamy Temple

Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is more

Puthen (Kuthira) Malika

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Napier Museum

The Napier museum (built in 19th century) is located at more

Sree Chithra Art Gallery

The Sri Chitra Art Gallery is situated near the Napier more

Veli Tourist Village, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

A famous get together spot, where the Veli Lake and more


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Ponmudi Hills

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Thiruvananthapuram Zoo

The oldest and largest Zoo in the state (and country) more