9 Top Rated Points of Interest in Trivandrum City
Trivandrum city, now known as Thiruvananthapuram, is the capital of Kerala and place filled with beautiful tourist spots, mesmerizing Dravidian temples, serene beaches and much more. This poses a slight problem for the visitors though as most of you just want to visit the best of the best points of interest in Trivandrum.
We solve this problem of yours in this article. We hope our travel India guide with 91 insightful tips will solve most of your other problems.
So keeping this in mind, we have put together this article to list Nine places in and around Trivandrum city you can’t miss if you go there.
Shree Padmanabhaswamy temple – Richer than the Richest
The temple is not only the richest temple in India but the richest Hindu temple in the world with over $22 billion worth of gold in its underground chambers.
The temple is an intricate fusion of Kerala style and Dravidian style of architecture which makes its appearance even more unique. The principal deity is Lord Vishnu, reclining on “Adi Sesha,” the five serpents as shown in various TV shows over the years. The temple has two more shrines dedicated to Ugna Narasimha and Lord Krishna.
The ancient temple, which is even mentioned in Matsya and a lot of other Puranas, is found in the east fort in the Trivandrum city.
In adherence to an age-old tradition, the temple management allows women devotees to enter the premises given they are wearing either a Saree or a Dhoti or a long skirt.
If you liked this temple, you would surely like the other famous temples in Trivandrum too!!
Magic Planet – This place will leave you Spellbound
The Magic Planet to India’s answer to Disney land. The whole place is themed around Magic. It is a must visit in Trivandrum.
With more than 24 shows and activities, you and your kid will not realize how your day passed by. Exciting activities like the mirror maze are the highlights of the amusement park.
Illusions, street magic, intimate magic and other forms of magic which are on display will play with your mind and leave you amazed for sure.
You buy the entry tickets online for just rs450 per adult ( on holidays ) and Rs 400 on weekdays ( Monday off )
Poovar Island – Escape from city’s Hustle and Bustle
Poovar Island marks the very end of Kerala. Just 30 km from Thiruvananthapuram, the fishing island is famous for its golden sand beaches. Nearby, the place proves to be a quiet tourist spot. Perfect for people who hate Crowded tourist places.
The place got its name “Poovar” from Marthanda Varma, the king of Travancore ( 1706 – 58) when he came to this location to hide from the Lords of the eight houses. On his way, he saw some flowers which had fallen into the sea. Impressed by this beautiful sight, he commented that this was “Poo-Var,” a conjunction of the Malayalam words for “flower” and “river.”
To reach the Golden sand beach, you have to take a cruise trip. The highlight of the Cruise is when you pass through a narrow canal which has lots and lots of mangrove trees on either side. A delight to watch !!
You will be given 20-25 minutes to spend on the beach and enjoy the scenery before the cruise heads back.
Do remember to bargain hard with the cruise owners as the price of the trip is highly inflated ( 200-300 %).
Padnabhapuram Palace – The Royal Wooden Palace
As soon as you enter the Padnabhapuram, you are transported to an entirely different time. The palace made of wood was built between 1592 and 1609. The Palace complex is found inside the Padnabhapuram fort which is 4 km length.
You will be surprised to know that this palace lies in the state of Tamil Nadu. However, it is managed and maintained by Govt. of Kerala.
Various interesting artifacts and structures await you inside the Palace. For example-
- a three-hundred-year-old clock that still keeps time.
- Weapons used in warfare
- A room filled with Chinese jars brought by Chinese merchants
- beautiful floral patterns on the ceilings
You can easily reach there by hiring a cab or taking a bus ride from Trivandrum. Mind you; the bus stand is about 3 km from the Palace.
Trivandrum Zoo – Come Face to Face with the Anaconda
This uncreatively named zoo is one of the best in the country. Spreading over an area of 55 acres with many woodland, lakes, and lawns, you can witness 82 enchantingly beautiful animals like Lion-tailed macaque, Nilgiri langur, and one snake you have only see in movies.
The Anaconda. Yes, you read that right, Anaconda. Not just 1 or 2 but 7 of them. These Anacondas earned the Zoo a place in our top Trivandrum city’s points of Interest list.
It takes around 4-5 hrs to cover the whole zoo and if you decide to hang around for that long, you will not be disappointed.
The Zoo has the facility of Battery operated vans for the elderly and people short on time. Like most other tourist spots and points of Interest in Trivandrum, the zoo is closed on Monday.
Aruvikkara Dam – A quiet and relaxing Getaway
Located on the outskirts of Trivandrum city, Aruvikkara Dam is a small dam made on Karamana river.
Earlier one could enter the dam and be face to face with an enormous amount of water falling, but due to some Mishaps, the entry to the dam is not allowed. However, this does not make this tourist place any less fascinating.
Feeding fishes which come to the banks of the river is very soothing and relaxing. When you are done with feeding the fishes, you can visit the nearby Durga temple.
Hawa Beach – Adventure Junkie’s Paradise
Hawa beach also known as eve’s beach got its name when topless foreigners used to frequent the beach to get some tan. The locals believed that the foreigners wanted to get some air ( Hawa ). However, Nude beaches are not allowed anymore in India.
Surrounded by beautiful Palm groves, the beach is clean and well maintained. The place is a favorite among adventure junkies as one can enjoy adventure sports like – Windsurfing, Boat sailing, etc.
Adjoining to Hawa beach is the lighthouse beach whose highlight is surprise surprise the red and white lighthouse. Plenty of restaurants and shacks offering a wide variety of lip-smacking food make this place a paradise for couples on a Honeymoon.
Priyadarshini Planetarium – Discover the Einstein in You
You can’t miss place if you have kids. Moreover, the point of interest is very near the Trivandrum zoo, so there is no reason not to go.
This state of art planetarium will kindle the interest in your kids for science and technology. There a wide array of activities to do like visiting the electronics gallery, biomedical gallery, astronomy museum, etc. However, the 3D theater also known as the sky theater is the most enjoyable for both kids and adults.The feeling Floating through space is surreal.
At night, You can witness illuminated fountains dancing to music. The fountain show is not very long, but you will enjoy each and every moment of it.
Sree Chitra Art Gallery – Beautiful Paintings from the Maestros
If you are an art lover, then, of course, you will love this place. But, if you are not, then this art gallery will turn you into one.
A remarkable collection of unique paintings by the renowned Raja Ravi Verma and other prominent artists will you leave asking for more. You will not be just Indian but pictures of Chinese, Japanese, and Balinese origin on display as well, showing you differences in the cultures, drawing style and social values all at once.
While the Priyadarshini Planetarium is near the zoo, the art gallery is located inside the zoo.
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