Trivandrum is the capital city of the State of Kerala, South India. There are a number of tourist attractions in and around Trivandrum (or Thiruvananthapuram). Some of them have been classified here based on their major attraction, for the benefit of travelers coming to Ayushya Ayuvedic Panchakarma Centres for treatment or wellness and wanting to catch a real glimpse of the place.
This long stretch of pearly sand beach is located near the airport. The beach is ideal for a quick dip or sunbathing.
Kovalam beach is only 16 Kms away from the city. This unique and uncluttered beach of silvery sands fringed with rows of tall palms and a sheltered bay provides a wide choice of water sports.
Varkala is a seaside resort, as well as an important Hindu centre of pilgrimage. High cliffs with rich mineral springs rise majestically from the coastline. The 2000-year-old Janardana Swamy Temple and the Nature Centre are the two main attractions here.
Located 36 Kms from Trivandrum, the historic remains of the fort built by the British East India Company in the 17th century, and the adjoining cemetery are the noteworthy relics of this first major British trading station on the Malabar Coast.
Padmanabhapuram Palace (Tamil Nadu)
Located 54 Kms from Trivandrum, the Padmanabhapuram Palace, was the ancient seat of the Travancore rulers. Made of elaborate woodwork, it contains relics of historical and artistic value.
Koyikkal Palace, an ancient palace dating back to the 15th century, is located 18 Kms from Trivandrum on the way to Ponmudi hillstation and the Kuttalam waterfalls.
Home of the Late Maharaja Sree Chitra Thirunal Bala Rama Varma and his family, the Kaudiar Palace is presently off limits to the public.
The museum contains a fine collection of intricate bronze models, ornaments and costumes unique to Kerala, and a model of the ‘Tharawad' - the traditional Nair family home.
Kuthiramalika Palace Museum
Kuthiramalika Palace Museum, a classic specimen of Kerala Architecture is situated in 'Kuthiramalika'. The palace, with its excellent carvings and amazing architectural designs, is by itself a slice of heritage. The museum has a wide range of exhibits representing the erstwhile State of Travancore.
Science & Technology Museum
The Science and Technology Museum, situated in Trivandrum was established with the prime objective of setting up of galleries with working or animated and participatory type of exhibits, on all disciplines of Science and Technology.
Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple
The ancient temple is the most dominating feature of Trivandrum, overlooking the Padma Theertham Tank. The temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu who is depicted reclining on Sri Anantha, the hooded snake from which the city derives its name. The exquisite stone carvings and pavilions in the temple are worth admiring. The temple is open only to Hindus and dress regulations are strictly enforced.
Sucheendram (Tamil Nadu)
74 Kms from the city, the temple contains beautiful carvings and sculptures. There is an impressive statue of Hanuman and navagrahas carved on the ceiling, which imitates the universe. Aaranmula Parthasarathy Temple Parthasarthy Temple, dedicated to Parthasarathy or Lord Krishna, is said to date back to the days of the Mahabharatha.
Kulathupuzha Temple is situated on a forest range along the Trivandrum-Shenkotta road. Kulathupuzha is known for the Sastha temple.
The 'Sivagiri Mutt' is an ashram founded by the great Hindu reformer and philosopher, Sree Narayana Guru. Even decades after the Guru breathed his last here in 1928 AD, his 'Samadhi' (resting place) continues to be thronged by thousands every year.
7 Kms from Trivandrum, the 'Madre De Deus' Church popularly known as the Vettukad Church attracts thousands of devotees from all religions. The annual celebration here is called the 'Feast Of Christ, The King'.
Veli Tourist Village
A large recreational centre located near the airport along a sheltered lagoon, the Veli Tourist Village offers landscaped gardens and water sports facilities. It is a popular picnic spot. Accommodation facilities are available in the youth hostel.
16 Kms from Trivandrum, it is both a pilgrim centre and a picnic spot, with a waterfall nearby. On the banks of the Karamana River, the spot houses a temple, where a rock cut shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagvathy, the divine embodiment of female power. A stream with fishes, which come up to be fed by visitors, is another attraction.
5 Kms south of Trivandrum An important Muslim pilgrim centre, it is dedicated to Beema Beevi, a pious Muslim lady believed to have possessed divine powers. Devotees of all faiths visit the mosque.
Truly a representative of the clean and verdant aspect of the city, the Public Park houses many important institutions, like the Zoo and the Botanical Gardens. The observatory on the Observatory Hill is also located in the Public Park.
Vizhinjam, a fishing port near Kovalam, is becoming prominent for its ongoing pioneer project to generate electricity from wave energy.
61 Kms from Trivandrum, Ponmudi is a beautiful hill station away from the hustle and bustle of city. The natural scenery, salubrious climate and the scope of hiking in high trails make the visit an exhilarating experience.
Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu)
87 Kms from Trivandrum, Kanyakumari is at the southern most tip of India where the three water bodies - Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean meet. From here, one can see the sun rise from the Bay of Bengal and set in the Arabian Sea.It is a holy place for Hindus because of the Kanyakumari Temple. The Gandhi Smarak Mandir and Vivekananda Rock Memorial are additional tourist attractions.
Nearby Cities of Trivandrum
- Kollam (71 KM)
- Kanyakumari (88 KM)
- Alappuzha/ Alleppey (160 KM)
- Kochi (216 KM)