Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of Kerala. Referred by Mahatma Gandhi as” The ever Green City of India” it boasts to be the cleanest city in Kerala. Thiruvananthapuram is a historic relevant place in the state. The administration of the government of Kerala is managed from this city. Thiruvananthapuram is famous for its historical, natural, amusement faces in the state. Forts, monuments and museums to beaches, hill stations and wild life sanctuaries are a part of Thiruvananthapuram. Thiruvananthapuram is ranked first in the survey conducted by India today a leading news group for the best infrastructure and housing and transportation. It was also ranked the best city to live in India by Times of India a national newspaper. It is the tenth greenest city in India.
About A few tourist spots in and around Thiruvananthapuram:
Kovalam beach attracts people from all walks of life. There are people who come in private planes as well as people who travel by local means of transport. The crystal and shallow water is the most attracted master piece of Mother Nature. There are stalls to purchase handicrafts and inexpensive beach wear. Kovalam is said to be the most popular and charming beaches across the country. The four beaches-Samudra beach, Ashok beach, Eve's beach and Lighthouse beach- are all within short walking distance from each other, The beaches provide private space for sunbathing, safe swimming, and water sports.
The most famous temple is Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple were the deity of the temple is Lord Vishnu. This temple is a mixture Kerala and Dravidian Style of architecture. This temple is one among the 108 most sacred Vishnu temples in India. Here Lord Vishnu reclines on Anantha( Serpent). (Anananthasayanam), which symbolizes the eternal sleep of Yoga Nidra. The temple is well known for being the wealthiest shrine in the world.
Padmanabhapuram Palace, is situated 54 km way to Nagergovil, from Trivandrum. This palace is renowned 18th century murals, carved Mahogany ceiling, inner courtyards, durbar hall, museum, four poster medicinal bed, coloured mica windows, secret underground passages, Belgian mirrors, pictures of Lord Krishna, granite dance halls and special black shiny floors are made of a unique combination of egg white, jaggery, lime, burnt coconut, charcoal and river sand. The palace is built in the traditional Travancore style of architecture.
Ponmudi is a hill station situated 61 kms from Thiruvananthapuram. Lush green surrounding’s, narrow roads and the cool climate add beauty to the place. Situated on a height of 915 meters above sea level is well known for its beautiful mountains, fauna and flora. This hill station has excellent trekking trails.
Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is located about 50 kms from Trivandrum. Spread over an area of 53 SqKM on the Western Ghats and is easily accessible from Vithurai, which is located on the way to Ponmudi. Peppara wildlife sanctuary has a rich variety of flora and fauna and dotted with hillocks, forests and eucalyptus plantations. The animals which can be seen here include elephant, sambar deer, leopard and lion-tailed macaque.
Neyyar Dam is a popular picnic spot, situated about 32 kms from Trivandrum. Neyyar Dam has a watchtower, deer park crocodile farm, and lion safari park. Boating facilities are also available on the reservoir.
The Papanasham beach is a quiet, secluded beach of sand and known for its mineral springs and rocky cliffs. The main attractions here are the 2000 year old Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple, the Nature Care Centre and a century old tunnel. This is also a pilgrimage centre. People pray for the redemption of sins here. Papanasham means redemption of sins.
The Science and Technology museum was started in 1984 to promote knowledge in Science among the public. Children as well as adults will love the many interesting exhibits and demonstrations on various fields of Science such as Electronics, Mechanics and Electricity. One could also watch the star studded sky and the constituents of the universe in Priyadarsini planetarium, a part of the Museum.
About 30 kms from Somatheeram is the Neyyar Reservoir which is the drainage basin of Mullayar and Kallar rivers. There is thick vegetation all around and it was declared a sanctuary in 1958. A large number of species such as elephants, wild boars, jungle cat, Nilgiri Langur etc. can be seen here. Lion safari park, crocodile rearing centre, deer farm and boating pull crowds to the sanctuary. Agasthyakoodam hills lies nearby which is also a location worth visiting.
It is an art and natural history museum established in 1855 and at a distance of nearly 13 kms from Somatheeram. It exhibits a large collection of bronze idols, sculptures, antiques, temple chariot and other items of historic relevance. The art gallery in this museum exhibits many famous paintings including those by the renowned artist Raja Ravi Varma. This museum was named after Lord Napier, the Governor of Madras from 1866-72.