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Places to see in Trivandrum

Updated on January 22, 2012


Trivandrum is the capital city of Kerala in the Southern part of India and has many historic and fun places to see with family and kids. Trivandrum is also called as Thiruvanthapuram. Some of the major attraction places to see in Trivandram include Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Padmanabhpuram Palace, Neyyar Dam, Museums, Gallery & Zoo, Shangumugham Beach, Beema Palli Mahotsavam and Akkulam Lake. Trivandrum is famous for historical places, food festivals, boating and wild life sanctuary.

Padmanabhapuram Palace - Places to see in Trivandrum
Padmanabhapuram Palace - Places to see in Trivandrum

List of places to see in Trivandrum:

Padmanabhapuram Palace:
Padmanabhapuram palace is one of the best places to see in Trivandrum. This palace is very famous place in Thiruvananthapuram as well as Tamilnadu. From Thuckalay it is about 64 KM distance from Trivandrum. Padmanabhapuram palace covers 86 acres and it has 127 rooms. All room consruction made by woods, jack fruit and 90 varieties of flowers. Some of the woods used in carvings, egg white, river sand, buttermilk and burnt coconut. You can see clock tower at the entrance gate. It is 300 years old! Inside the palace you can see the garden, temple and view of the King's Council chamber making it one of the best places to see in Trivandrum. Thai Kottaram is also near to this palace.

Koyikkal Palace:

Koyikkal Palace is located in Nedumangad in Thiruvananthapuram district. It is about 18km from Thiruvanthapuram city. Some of the major attractions in this museum include folklore museum, and numismatics museum. The palace is open from 9 am to 5 pm and monday is a holiday. The palace is famous for its architectural style like different coins from different countries. It belong to different period of world history. These coins belongs to Rasi, Karsha, Gwalior, Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan.

Kowdiar Palace
This palace is home to late Maharaja Sree Chitra Thirunal Balarama Varma and his family. Kawdiar Palace is very popular in Travancore. The palace covers an area of six hectares. It consists of large and small buildings and sacred grove. Public is not allowed to enter the palace, but they can view the amazing palace from the gate. Andrum golf club, Kanakakunnu palace is very nearby. In this palace, Vienna Art exhibition won awards for paintings.

Neyyar Dam And Wild Life Sanctuary :

Neyyar Dam and Wild Life Sanctuary is a beautiful and famous place in Kerala. In 1958 it was started and there are three main rivers namely Neyyar, Mullayar and Kallar dam was built in that period. Neyyar Dam is about 38 Km from Trivandrum. This place is beautiful for wooded forest, hills,and also seen in the Wild Boars, Jungle CatsSambhars, Tigers, Gaur, Indian Porcupines, Cobras, Flying Snakes, Barking Dogs, Malabar Squirrels, Sloth Bears, Pythons, etc. Boat riding facilities also available in that Lake.

Sri Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum
Sri Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum

Sri Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple:
Sri Anantha Padmanaba Swamy is another place to see in Trivandrum. It is famous for Lord Vishnu temples in Kerala. It is one of the 108 divya desams of Lord Vishnu and is mentioned by Tamil azhvars. Also one of the seven Parasurama kshetras in Kerala. Lord Vishnu is enshrined here in the Anananthasayanam posture in the sleeping position of Yognidra and lies on the hooded snake. Padmanabhaswamy temple attracts the devotees for innumerable pillars and mural paintings.

Beaches in Trivandrum:
Kovalam beach and Shanghumugham Beach is one of the famous beaches in Trivandrum. Shanghumugham beach is situated in Western side of Trivandrum. It is about 8 Km away from Trivandrum. Here they teach basic roles in traffic for kids. Kovalam beach is also popular place in Trivandrum. You can see less sand and more water waves, lots of coconut tress and sand colors like ash colors. It is a great place for swimming, picnic and kids activities.

Priyadarshini Planetarium:
Priyadarshini Planetarium is close to the science and technology center in Trivandrum. Tourist who come to the city, they go the planetarium to see the special shows. Some of the major attractions in this planetarium include astronomy and various celestial bodies. It has a seating capacity of 184 persons and centrally air conditioned for the visitors. The Planetarium timing period shows at 10.30 hours, 12 hours, 15 hours and 17 hours.

Napier museum is another place to see in Trivandrum
Napier museum is another place to see in Trivandrum

Napier Museum
One of the oldest museums in India, Napier Museum is another top place to visit when you are in Trivandrum. People look at its architecture with awe because of its magnificient beauty, lush gardens and the fusion of kerala's traditional form of building along with Chinese and Mogul influence. Many traditional Kerala's signature features such as charriots and ivory carvings can be found at this museum.

Akkulam Boat Club:
Just within 10 kilometers from the center of Trivandrum, Akkulam Boat Club offers all sorts of boating activities for visitors at affordable rates. Tourists can rent pedal boats, speed boats or row boats at this location for various water activities. Other sightseeing activities at this site include a fort and a palace which are worth paying a visit. It is also possible to rent a houseboat for a whole night and it is an ideal choice for families to enjoy the luscious scenery of the backwaters.

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    • mohitmitm profile image


      6 years ago

      Nice Hub! And claudiafox asked very good questions. Even i would like to know the answers of these questions. Architecture of south indian temples are one of the best and very beautiful!

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      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks for your report. I see the Padmanabhpuram Palace. I admire the tropical architecture of this Padmanabhpuram Palace section, shown. I would value a hub on "how to build" the techniques of this traditional architecture. It appears to apply thousands of years of knowledge, on how to build a secure and cool building. And uses a lot of wood! What kind of wood was used to build the Padmanabhpuram Palace? How was that beautiful floor made? How to keep the insects out of the wood? Other questions; do builders of this traditional method still exist? Where might I find people with the skills? Hope you have the time to research a hub on that topic. Many thanks


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