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Telephone access code: +91-471
Area: 2192 sq. km
Population: 3,234,707(2001 census)
Altitude: Sea level
Air: Thiruvanathapuram International Airport 6 km from City
Rail: Well connected to all Indian cities
Road: Long distance buses operate from the central Bus station (KSRTC)
 
The capital city derives its name from Thiru-Anantha-puram, which means the place of the sacred serpent Anantha or Adisesha on which Lord Padmanabha reclines. The Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple is the city’s landmark. The ramparts of the fort of those royal days are still there. The main entrance is through the East Fort leading to the temple. There are old places inside this sprawling Fort, which was constructed during the period of Maharaja Marthanda Varma (1729-58).Known as the maker of the erstwhile Travancore State.
 
Padmanabha Swamy Temple
(Open 0415-0515 hrs,0645-0715 hrs,0830-1115 hrs,1145-1200 hrs,1700-1815 hrs,1845-1930 hrs)
Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this ancient temple is belived to have been rebuilt by Marthanda Varma in 1733 A.D.One among the 108 sacred Vishnu temples in India, the presiding deity here is Lord Vishnu reclining on Anantha, the Serpant.Hindus are allowed inside the temple. This temple is a splendid example of South Indian architecture.
Dress code: Men-Dhoti with out any upper clothing: Women-Saree or full skirt and blouse: Hand bags, mobile phones, cameras etc not allowed.
 
Napier Museum
(Open 1000-1645 hrs, Closed on Mondays, Wednesday forenoons, January 26th, August 15th Thiruonam and Mahanavami) 
The Government Art Museum or Napier Museum as it is popularly called has been built in the year 1880 in the honor of Lord Napier. The museum houses great archaeological and historical artifacts. Built in the 19th century, this indo-Saracenic structure boasts of a natural air conditioning. 
 
Sree Chithra Art Gallery
(Open 1000-1645 hrs. Closed on Mondays, Wednesday forenoons)
Located near the Napier Museum, this art gallery displays select paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlova and Nicholas Roerich and exquisite works from the Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools of art in India. The collection also includes paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali. The collection also includes unique copies of Indian mural paintings from the pre –historic times down to the 18th century.
 
Kuthiramalika (PutheNmalika) Palace Museum
(Open 0830-1300 hrs, 1500-1730 hrs.Closed on Mondays)
The palace was built by Maharaja Swathi Tirunal Balarama Varma, the King of Travancore who was also a great poet, musician, social reformer and state man. This palace has wood carvings in the traditional Travancore style. The palace museum displays various painting collections of the royal family. It is situated on the South East side of Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple.
 
Shankhumugham Beach
08 km away from Thiruvanathapuram city. An indoor recreation club, the children's traffic training park, the matsya kanyaka, a gigantic 35mt long sculpture of a mermaid and a restaurant shaped like a star fish are some of the attractions here.
 
Neyyar Dam
A popular picnic spot, Neyyar Dam has a watch tower, crocodile farm, lion safari park. Boating facilities available here.32 km away from Thiruvanathapuram city (1 hour)
 
Agasthyakoodam
Agasthyakoodam is the second highest peak in Kerala, at a height of 1890mts above sea level and is a part of the Sahyadri range of mountains. The forests of Agasthyakoodam are rich in rare medicinal herbs and plant, and hued orchids. In 1992, an area covering around 23 sq kms was established as Agasthya Vanam Biological Park. The intension was to restore the degraded forests and to use it for educational purpose. The season from December to April is advocated for trekking. 34 km away from Thiruvanathapuram city.
 
Ponmudi
An idyllic hill station which is 62 km away from Thiruvanthapuram. It is located 915metres above sea level. It is an idyllic hill resort with narrow, winding path ways and cool, green wooded environs. It serves as a good base for trekking, bird watching and visiting the near by dear park. The natural scenery, salubrious climate and the scope of hiking in high trails make the visit an exhilarating experience. There is a charming deer park which is only 3kms from Ponmudi.
 
 
Kovalam Beach
Telephone access code: +91-471
Accessing Kovalam
Air: Nearest airport: Thiruvanathapuram International Airport (16 km)
Rail: Nearest station: Thiruvanathapuram Central (16 km)
Road: Kovalam off the NH47 by pass
Bus: Kovalam’s KSRTC bus stand is near Vizhinjam-Poovar road. It has services once in every 15 minutes to Thiruvanthapuram.
 
Kovalam is one of the most popular beach resorts in Kerala and forms an important tourist spot on Kerala visit. The beach is just a few minutes walk from the village. The beaches of Kovalam can be divided in three parts. The southern most beach and the most popular from the three, is the Lighthouse Beach. The middle beach is called Hawah and the northern most beach is Samudra. It is dotted with few rudimentary wooden fishing vessels. You can enjoy the palm-fringed bays of Kovalam in secluded coconut groves, which would make a perfect vacation in Kerala. This marvelous beach forms a must visit on your travel to Kerala.
 
 
Varkala Beach
Telephone access code: +91 -470
Air: Nearest Airport is Thiruvanathapuram International Airport (55 km)
 
Rail: Varkala has its own railway station. You can board a train from Thiruvanathapuram to Kollam or Kochi and get down here. But you need to check if the particular train has a stop at Varkala.
 
Road: Varkala is nearer to Kollam.It is 35 km away from Kollam,2 hrs from Thirunanathapuram and 4 hrs from Eranakulam.
 
Varkala beach is located 55 Km north of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala. The beach is a popular holiday destination among those looking for relaxed and quiet holidays.Varkala beach is also called ' Papanashini' since it is believed that a dip in the holy waters of Varkala beach will purify your body and soul.Varkala Beach is also renowned for its scenic land scape.The contrast between the cliffs, sand and sea makes Beach a bewitching sight. The sunset at Varkala beach is truly breathtaking.
 
Papanasam Beach
 
A remarkable feature here is the long stretch of red laterite cliffs fringing the beach. The cliff top is an ideal place to watch the sunset. Natural spring, said to have curative properties, originates from the cliff.
 
 
Janardhana Swamy Temple
(Open 0400-1200 hrs, 1700-2000 hrs)
Varkala is also famous for its 900 year old Janardhana Swami temple which is an important Vaishnavaite shrine in India and is referred to as Dakshin Kashi (Benares of the south). The temple is located close to the Papanasam beach. The temple has an ancient bell removed from a shipwreck, donated by the captain of the Dutch vessel which sank near Varkala without causing any casualties.
 
Sivagiri Mutt
(Open 0530 -1200 hrs, 1630 – 1800 hrs)
200 acres of sanctified land, this is the final resting place of the most eminent leader, saint and social reformer of Kerala Sree Narayana Guru. The Mahasamadhi of the humble belongings are kept on display.

 
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