Padmanabha Swamy Temple – Video




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Thiruvananthapuram




Padmanabha Swamy Temple – Video


Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple is a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple
Open:

0415 - 0515 hrs, 0645 - 0730 hrs

0830 - 1030 hrs, 1130 - 1145 hrs, 1715 - 1930 hrs
Dress code:

Men - Dhoti.

Women - Saree and blouse.
Getting there:

Nearest Railway Station: Thiruvananthapuram Central, about 1 km away.

Nearest Airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 8km away.

The Kanakakunnu Palace – Photo


(Open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on all days except Mondays)

Its name alluding to the small hillock on which it stands, this beautiful old palace built by the Royal House of Travancore exemplifies the architectural brilliance of Kerala's past. At night, the illumined palace is a sight to behold. The interiors have large crystal chandeliers and some fine pieces of furniture belonging to the royalty.


Getting there:

Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram central, about 2 km.

Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 6 km from the city.

Shankhumugham Beach – Photo


Location: About 8 km from Thiruvananthapuram city

The Shankhumugham beach, adjacent to the Thiruvananthapuram Airport and the Veli Tourist Village, is a favourite haunt of sunset watchers.


An indoor recreation club, the Matsya Kanyaka (a 35 m long sculpture of a mermaid) and a restaurant shaped like a starfish and the Chacha Nehru Traffic Training Park for children are some of the attractions here.
Getting there:

Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Central, about 16 km away

Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 1 km away

Kuthiramalika Palace Museum – Photo

Location: Adjacent to Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple at East Fort

The Kuthiramalika Palace Museum has a wide range of royal exhibits of the erstwhile princely State of Travancore.
The Kuthiramalika Palace, built during the reign of singer-composer Swathi Thirunal (1813-1834 AD), is a classic specimen of Kerala architecture.Kuthiramalika, which means Horse Bungalow, takes its name from the roof beams carved in the shape of horses’ heads.
Visiting hours: 8.30 - 12.30 hrs; 15.30 - 17.30 hrs. Closed on Mondays
Getting there:

Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Central, about 1 km away

Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 6 km away
The Napier Museum – Photo

Location: Near the zoological park in the Napier Museum compound, right in the heart of the city

The Napier Museum or the Government Art Museum, with its eclectic collection of bronze pieces, historic ornaments, ivory carvings and chariots, is a veritable treasure house. The Sree Chitra Art Gallery houses fascinating paintings from different parts of the world, including a rare collection by Kerala’s own Raja Ravi Varma.
Visiting hours: Open from 10 am to 5 pm on all days except on Wednesday mornings and Mondays
Getting there:

Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Central, about 2 km away

Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 6 km from the city.
Veli Tourist Village - Video

Location: About 8 km from Thiruvananthapuram city

The Veli Tourist Village, built where the Veli lagoon meets the Arabian Sea, is replete with fishponds, wading pools and landscaped gardens.
There are facilities for boating and water sports and a children's park around the floating bridge that connects the village to the beach. Nearby is the Shankhumukham beach skirting the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport.
Visiting hours: 7 am to 8 pm
Getting there:

Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Central, about 8 km away

Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 3 km away

Akkulam Tourist Village – Photo

Location: About 10 km from Thiruvananthapuram city

The Akkulam Tourist Village is a beautiful picnic spot developed on the banks of the Akkulam Lake, an extension of the Veli Lake.

There are boating facilities, a well-equipped children’s park, a paddle pool and a swimming pool for adults here.


Getting there:

Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram, about 10 km away

Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 7 km away
Kovalam Beach - Video

Location: 16 km south of Thiruvananthapuram

Kovalam, one of the loveliest beaches of India, is an internationally renowned beach resort with three adjacent crescent beaches. A favourite haunt of tourists, especially Europeans, since the 1930s, Kovalam has miles of golden sand segmented into four sheltered, palm-fringed coves by rocky promontories.
Getting there:

Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, is just 16 km away from Kovalam and getting there is no hassle.

Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Central, about 16 km away

Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 10 km away


Koyikkal Palace- Photo

Location: Nedumangad, about 18 km from Thiruvananthapuram on the way to Ponmudi.

The Koyikkal Palace, originally built for Umayamma Rani of the Venad royal family who ruled the land between 1677 and 1684, houses a Folklore Museum and a Numismatics Museum, the only one of its kind in the State, set up by the Department of Archaeology.
Visiting hours: 9 am to 5 pm on all days, except Mondays
Getting there:

Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Central, about 18 km away

Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, nearly 57 km away

Varkala Beach – Video


Location: 51 km north of Thiruvananthapuram and 37 km south of Kollam.

A quiet hamlet on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram district with a beautiful beach, a 2000-year old Vishnu temple and the 'Sivagiri Mutt', the ashramam founded by the great Hindu reformer and philosopher Sree Narayana Guru.


Varkala, with its many Ayurvedic massage centers, is fast becoming a popular health resort also.

Getting there:

Nearest railway station: Varkala, about 2 km away

Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, nearly 57 km away


Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary - Photo

Location: 32 km from Thiruvananthapuram

The Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary is home to over a hundred rare species of fauna including elephants, wild boar, porcupines, tigers and a variety of snakes.
The Neyyar Dam, a popular picnic spot, which is part of the sanctuary, is a repository of some of the rarest medicinal herbs. A crocodile breeding centre and a lion safari park are located in the dam site. There are facilities for boating on the reservoir.
Getting there:

Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram, about 32 km away

Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 38 km away
Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary – Photo

Location: About 50 km from Thiruvananthapuram en route to Ponmudi

The Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, spread over 53 sq. km. on the Western Ghats, has a rich variety of flora and fauna, a dam site, eucalyptus plantations, crystal clear streams and rocky terrains.
The sanctuary, established in 1938, is populated with elephants, wild boars, tigers, leopards, sambar, lion-tailed macaques, gaur, barking deer, Nilgiri Langur, cormorants and so on.
Getting there:

Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram, about 50 km away

Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 56 km away
Ponmudi – Video

Location: About 61 km from Thiruvananthapuram city

Altitude: 915 m above sea level
Ponmudi, an enchanting hill resort nestling on the slopes of the Western Ghats, has misty blue hills, narrow winding pathways, aromatic tea gardens, an array of mountain flowers, exotic butterflies.
This hill resort is a veritable paradise for trekkers and hikers.
Getting there:

Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Central, about 61 km away

Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 67 km away
Agasthyakoodam – Photo

Location: 70 km from Thiruvananthapuram

The spectacular cone-shaped Agasthyarkoodam Peak in the Western Ghats, which rises to a majestic height of about 1868 m, is a haven of rare herbs and medicinal plants.
The aborigines here dislike the presence of strange women because they believe that the mythological sage Agasthya, who is supposed to have lived in the forest, was a confirmed bachelor.
Getting there:

It is accessible only on foot, with 61 km of trekking from Bonacaud, and 32 km from Neyyar Dam.

Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Central, about 61 km from Bonacaud

Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 69 km from Bonacaud.


Thiruvallam Photo (10 km):

This serene backwater stretch, enroute to Kovalam, is famous for its canoe rides.


For details contact: Tour India, Thiruvananthapuram Ph: 331507
Karuvayal Tours Ph: 460974 Soma Houseboats Ph: 481600
Priyadarshini Planetarium – Photo

(Show time: 1030, 1200, 1500 and 1700 hrs Entrance fee: Adults: Rs.10 Children (between 3 to 10 years): Rs.5


Aruvikkara Dam – Photo (16 km - 1/2 hour):

This picturesque picnic spot is on the banks of the Karamana river.


Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave – Photo (17 km - 1/2 hour):

There are rock cut sculptures of the 18th century in the cave temple at Vizhinjam. The granite cave here encloses a one-celled shrine with a loose sculpture of Vinandhara Dakshinamurthi.The outer wall of the cave depicts half complete reliefs of the Hindu God Shiva with Goddess Parvathi.



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