Thiruvananthapuram (or Trivandrum) is the capital of the southern Indian state of Kerala. It's distinguished by its British colonial architecture and many art galleries.
The temple is built in an intricate fusion of the indigenous Kerala style and the Dravidian style (kovil) of architecture associated with the temples located in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu, featuring high walls, and a 16th-century Gopuram.
While the Moolasthanam of the temple is the Ananthapuram Temple in Kasargod, architecturally to some extent, the temple is a replica of the Adikesava Perumal temple located in Kanyakumari District.
The principal deity Vishnu is enshrined in the "Anantha Shayanam" posture, the eternal yogic sleep on the serpent Adisheshan.
Sree Chithra Art Gallery
The Sree Chithra Art Gallery near the Napier Museum was opened in 1935 by the then Maharaja of Travancore, Sree Chithira Thirunal, displays rare collection of paintings by Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlova and Nicholas Roerich; exquisite works from the Mughal, Rajput and Tanjore schools of ar
An oriental collection consisting of paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali offers a visual treat and are a tribute to the art and culture of these countries.
The collection also includes unique copies of Indian mural paintings from pre-historic times down to the 18th Century.
Kuthiramalika Palace Museum at East Fort
Kuthiramalika Palace Museum or Puthenmalika Palace Museum is a beautiful two-storeyed palace situated near the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Also known as horse palace it houses numerous artefacts. The palace courtyard also becomes live during the yearly music festival conducts in the courtyard, Swathi Sangeethotsavam.
A music festival commemorating the legacy of Swathi Thirunal and is conducted from 4 to 13 January every year.
This palace was built by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma - the King of Travancore, who was a great poet, musician, social reformer and statesman. This rare specimen of workmanship, in the traditional Travancore style of architecture has exquisite wood carvings. The palace museum displays paintings and various priceless collections of the royal family.
One of the first zoos in India, the Zoological Park in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala, was established as early as 1859.
A reptile house with different species of snakes and a vulture house are also located within the premises. Plastic is banned inside the park. The park is open daily from 0900 to 1815 hrs. It is closed on Mondays
Napier Museum and Natural History Museum are situated in the Museum compound, right in the heart of the Thiruvananthapuram city, near the zoological park.
Napier Museum built in the 19th century, this Indo-Saracenic structure boasts a natural air-conditioning system and houses a rare collection of archaeological and historic artefacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings. The Japanese shadow play leather figures, used to depict the epics of Mahabharata and the Ramayana, are very interesting.
A visit to the Napier Museum complex reveals a glimpse of Kerala's rich cultural heritage. An exceptional piece of architecture, the Museum is named after the former Madras Governor General, John Napier. The Napier Museum is also called the Government Art Museum. The Museum building is a combination of the Kerala, Mughal, Chinese and Italian architectural styles.
Locally known as the Vellayani Kayal, Vellayani Lake is a prominent freshwater lake in Kerala. In and around the lake one can find abundant flora and fauna that can be best explored over a boat ride or a walk along the boulevard.
It also happens to be known for its unique ecosystem. The lake got an intriguing past too. The story goes like this - once there was a beggar who was feeling thirsty, and his search of water made him visit a saint, who was meditating at that time. He wanted to give water to the beggar but her vessel was almost empty with only a few drops of water. He then took the last few drops from the pot into his palm and threw them as far as he could, saying a small prayer.
Surprisingly, the place where the drops of water fell gradually turned into a big lake, which now known as Vellayani.
Lying to the north of the Ashok Beach, the Samudra Beach at Kovalam in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala, can be accessed only by taking a detour past Kovalam Junction. It is an awesome sight to watch the waves crash on the rocks below as you walk along the stretch of sea wall here.
Its hush retreat and the feel of tranquillity is certainly a change from the usual city life. The real attractive part of this beach is the feeling of isolation itself and Samudra beach has perfectly maintained in preserving its authentic appeal.
just stop and inhale the freshness of the southern air and get a sight of far away ships and bathe in the sun-kissed beach.
Lighthouse beach, Kovalam
The 35 m lighthouse at Kovalam is perched atop the palm-covered Kurumkal Hill jutting out on to the sea. Visitors can climb the spiraling staircase inside to the top of the red and white tower and enjoy a spectacular view of the surroundings.
Known for the fact that it features one of the largest lighthouses in Kerala on its rocky headland, Lighthouse beach is a heady mix of gleaming sand, effusive waves, swaying palms, and miles of crystal clear water.
A day visit to the lighthouse beach is all about taking a long walk on its stunning coastline, sunbathing, surfing, beach volleyball, and swimming. Moreover, there are many shacks around the beach that serve the delicious seafood.
Kovalam Eve Beach
Kovalam is a small coastal town in the southern Indian state of Kerala, south of Thiruvananthapuram
At the southern end of Lighthouse Beach is a striped lighthouse with a viewing platform. Palm-backed beaches also include Hawa Beach and Samudra Beach.
Heading south, Vizhinjam Juma Masjid mosque overlooks the busy fishing harbor. Inland, Sagarika Marine Research Aquarium displays technology used in pearl production.