Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala enjoys a substantial position in the tourism map of Kerala, with the National Geographic Traveler rating it as one of the must see destinations in the world.
It can be called as a temple city with a number of popular temples in South India. The most important temple is the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram that is famous all over the world for the recently discovered treasure. The deity of the temple is Lord Mahavishnu reposing on the coils of Holy Anantha. The city got its name from Anantha Padmanabha or Lord Vishnu the deity of this temple.
Mahatma Gandhi called this city ‘The evergreen city of India’. It is bordered by the Arabian Sea on the west and Tamil Nadu on the east. The wooded highlands of the majestic Western Ghats is perched on the eastern and north eastern borders providing some of the best tourist spots to the city. A long coastline that is adorned with internationally renowned beaches, emerald backwaters, several historic monuments and landmarks, the rich cultural heritage all makes this city one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kerala. The city is famous for its cleanliness. It is one of the most beautiful cities of Kerala.
Trivandrum is much acclaimed for its shimmering beaches. The name that comes to our mind when we utter the very word beach is Kovalam. It is located at distance of 8 miles from the city. The European travelers has made it their favorite tourist destination. The shallow water and low tidal waves of the crescent shaped beaches had made it a hot favorite among the tourists.
Veli Tourist village is another mesmerizing attraction for the enthusiastic travelers. It is located on the spot where the lake merges with the Arabian Sea and it has been made into a family picnic destination with park, gardens and water sports. The Shankhumukham beach is well known for the Indian version of the mermaid, the statue of Matsya Kanyaka, a stone sculpture of length 35m.
The people of Trivandrum are literate with a warm and ardent attitude towards the tourists. The secular nature of peopleis clearly visible in Palayam where the devotional places of Hindu, Muslim and Christian are situated next to one another, harmoniously. The Attukal Bhagavathy temple, the 2000 year old Janardhana Swamy temple, The Sivagiri matt, the Varkala temple are some of the important places of worship in Trivandrum.
The Kanakakkunnu Palace which hosts many cultural events , the Napier Museum displaying rare bronze and ivory artifacts, The Sree Chithra Art Gallery, Museum of natural History and Trivandrum Zoo are some of the must visit historical, cultural spots in Trivandrum.
How To Get Thiruvananthapuram:
The nearest airport is Trivandrum International Airport that has flights to Middle East, Singapore, Europe and the major cities of India.
The nearest railway station is Trivandrum Central Railway Station, Thampanoor.
Government and private buses offer service in and around the city.