THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

Thiruvananthapuram is the Evergreen city of India. It holds a number of tourist spotsSree Padmanabha Swami Temple, the Kanakakkunnu Palace, the Science and Technology Museum, the Government Secretariat, the Kowdiar Palace, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Thiruvananthapuram Zoo etc. are some of the tourist attractions in the city.

Places to visit in Thiruvananthapuram (15 Km): Padmanabha swamy temple, Sree Chithra art gallery (Monday holiday and Wednesday forenoons), Zoological park (Monday holiday), Planetarium & Science and technology museum (Monday holiday).

Thiruvananthapuram in brief

Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala and also the District head quarters came into existence as a result of linguistic reorganization of States. Large percent of population depend on agriculture. The major cash crops are rubber, coconut, pepper, paddy, tapioca and spices. The district is blessed with rivers and lakes. Karamanayar, Mamom, Vamanapuram and Neyyar rivers are flowing through this district. Veli, Kadinamkulam and Anchuthengu are the major back waters. The temple of lord Vishnu lying on the snake Anantha (Sri padmanabhaswamy temple) is the most recognizable landmark of the city.

In & Around Thiruvananthapuram

Padmanabhapuram Palace

Located at 54 kms from Thiruvananthapuram across the border in Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari district, the palace nestles at the foot of the Veli hills. Built during the 14th century it was called Darpakulangara, but later in the 18th century it was renovated and renamed as the Padmanabhapuram palace. A place of elaborate woodwork, it was the ancient seat of the Travancore rulers Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma till the capital was shifted to Thiruvananthapuram in 1780. It contains relics of historical and artistic value.

Kaudiar Palace

This palace is the home of the late Maharaja Sree Chitra Thirunal Bala Rama Varma and his family. The view of the grand old building from the gate is excellent, but unfortunately it is off limits to the public. If you are lucky, you could probably walk a few steps inside to get a better view provided the gate keeper is friendly enough.

Anchuthengu Fort

Anchuthengu Fort is Located at 36 kms from Thiruvananthapuram, the historic remains of the fort built by the British East India Company in the 17th century and an adjoining cemetery are the noteworthy relics of this first major British trading station on the Malabar Coast. This colossal monument was once the trading station of the mighty British. The monument built in the 1800s stands as an excellent example of sturdy and lasting forts constructed in the English style.

Koyikkal Palace

Classified as a double storeyed ‘nalukettu’, Koyikkal Palace was the official residence of the rulers of the erstwhile State of Travancore. This ancient palace, located 18 km from Thiruvananthapuram on the way to Ponmudi hillstation and the Kuttalam waterfalls, dates back to the 15th century. In 1979 this Palace was declared as a protected monument and further in 1990 after carrying out restoration work, it was converted into a Folklore Museum and Numismatic Museum.

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