MAIN TOURIST PLACES
Sree Padmanabha Swamy : Temple
14 Kilometers away from Kovalam at Trivandrum The imposing seven storied tower makes it the most impressive landmark in the city. The temple is an excellent example of the dravidian style of architecture. There are innumerable pillars, intricate carvings, and mural paintings.
Veli Lagoon (Tourist Village) :
Delightful waterfront park.An ideal picnic spot where the lake merges with sea. The wadingpool,gardens,exquisite sculptures, a floating bridge and a wide range of aqua sports facilities.
The Govt: Art Museum :
Formally known as "Napier Museum" name dafter a former Madras Governer General, John Napier. It is a gem of architectural exuberance, combining traditional Kerala styles and good doses of Chinese and Mughal Influences.
Sree Chithra Art Gallary :
Has a rich collection of paintings of Raja Ravi Varma and Roerich.It also has copies of paintings of the Ajanta, Rajput,Mughal and Tanjore Schools besides some works from China, Japa,Tibet and bali. The Zoo: Is one of the best maintained zoos in the whole of Asia and has a beautiful sprawling lawns Observatory: The Observatory situated 60m above sea level is located on a hill near the Museum.It is one of the oldest in India. There is a well laid out garden in front of the hill, with a beautiful rose collection.
Shanghumugham Beach :
It is popular city beach adjacent to the airport. An indoor recreation club, children's traffic training park and a star shaped restaurant are some of the facilities at the beach. Science and Technology Museum: Located near Mascot Hotel, the Museum is of high educative value for students of science and Technology.
Kowdiar Palace :
The home of the late maharaja Sree Chithira Thirunal Bala Rama varma and his family is off limits to visitors but you can have a glimpse from the main gate. If a friendly guard is on duty, he will let you walk a bit inside the grounds where you can get a view of the grand old building at the end of its long drive. Akkulam Boat Club : 9 km away from the town. It is a popular retreat for the city dwellers. The lake has boating facilities and has largest children's Park in Kerala.
16 km north of Thiruvananthapuram and gifted with lavish scenic beauty is Aruvikkara, with an ancient temple dedicated to Durga on the banks of the river. Neyyar Dam: 29km from Thiruvananthapuram is Neyyar Dam a picnic spot and dam site. There are facilities for boating at the reservoir. There is a lion safari park and crocodile farm.
An ideal hill resort situated just 54km from Thiruvananthapuram is an enchanting one for tourists. B est accommodation and restaurant facilities are available here. Peppara Wild Life Sanctuary: 50km from Thiruvananthapuram, Peppara is accessible from Vithurai on Thiruvananthapuram-Ponmudi Road. This sanctuary with its rich fauna and birds is emerging as a big attraction to wild life enthusiasts. It is spread over an area of 53 sq.km on the western ghats. This is doted with large hills and numerous hillocks with forests and eucalyptus plantations. Elephants, Sambar, Leopard and Lion tailed macaque are commonly seen.
This is a prominent peak in the Sahyadri ranges and can be approached on foot from Bonacadu which is 61km away from Thiruvananthapuram. Padmanabhapuram Palace : This palace was once the capital of the State of Travancore and is 51km from the city on the way to Nagarcoil in Tamil Nadu.The palace contains 17th and 18th century murals.
Kuthira Malika :
(Palace Museum): Puthen Malika is also known as Kuthira Malika.This palace was built during the time of H.H Maharaja Swathi Thirunal the king of Travncore who was also a great poet and musician. This palace has wood carvings in the traditional Travancore style. The museum presently displays various painting collections of the royal family.
Lord Parasuraman's temple is here by the river at Thiruvallam, Chithranjali, the State Film Development Corporation's studio is at Thiruvallam. This is on the Thiruvananthapuram-Kovalam route,10km from the city. Vizhinjam : Lying just 15kms from the state capital ,that is a historic spot, which was left unnoticed for a long time. The capital of Ay-Vel kings of the 8th-9th century, the only thing that was withstood time is a rock temple, as signed to the period of the Cheras because of a strong influence to the Pallava Pandya architecture. The rock temple is just a little off the main junction ,and is a protected monument under the Archeological Survey of India.
Koyikkal Palace :
This is at Nedumangadu,18km from Thiruvananthapuram.This ancient palace built during the 15th century is on the way to the Ponmudi Hill Station and the Courtallam Water falls. This is built on the traditional nalukettu style. Onam Celebration : Tourism week is celebrated during Onam (in August - -September).Streets are illuminated and main attractions during this period are unique package of traditional and cultural programmers which are staged in Kanakakunnu Palace and other landmark points in the city.
Aruvi Waterfalls/Vaiyanthol :
Just 60km from Thiruvananthapuram and 7kms from the Bonecaud estate in the Peppara forest range.This 4 ft cascade is one of the most verdant and unspoiled spots in Kerala. Road accessibility is only upto Bonecaud,thereon the Kanni tribesmen accompany trekkers along the mountain path. Prior permission from the Forest Department is required before approaching the area.
HOW TO REACH US EASILY
We are just 15 km's from Trivandrum International/ Domestic Airport. 15km From Trivandrum central Railway station. We have two approaches.
- Trivandrum- Kovalam -Vizhinjam harbour lighthouse road. (Take a turn From Appu Tea shop to MOTTAVILA)
- Trivandrum- Kovalam Eves Beach road (Light house beach). (Take a turn from Hotel Moonlight to the Devi Temple road)