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Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of state Kerala lying on the southwest coast of India. Thiruvanthapuram gets its name from the reigning god of the Travancore family, Lord Vishnu who resides in the magnificent Sree Padmanabhaswami Temple. The place is well connected to most of the other major cities of India via rail, road, and air.
Thiruvananthapuram shot into prominence in the 18th century when the capital was shifted here form Padmanabhapuram, a little down south. The former kings of the then Travancore State, taking on the title of Padmanabha Daasa (servant of Lord Vishnu), had dedicated themselves completely to the service of the Lord Vishnu residing in the temple here. By the terms of this dedication, the deity owns the kingdom while the king is the mere executor of the trust. After independence, the city was designated as the capital of Kerala. Traders have been coming to this place since 190 AD for Spices, Sandalwood, and Ivory.
Places to visit
The tourist attractions in Thiruvananthapuram are few, but like any Indian capital, it has a fair smattering of temples, museums, art galleries, public parks and a zoo. But if anything, that only adds to the pleasure of being in Thiruvananthapuram, it's undemanding and it has a charm of its own.
Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple
The Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple encloses an approximately 6 meter statue of laying Vishnu. Doors have been strategically placed to allow the faithful views of His head, torso and feet.
Kuthiramalika Palace Museum
The palace was built by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma - the King of Travancore. He was a great poet, musician, social reformer and statesman. There is a rare specimen of workmanship in the traditional Travancore style of architecture in the beautiful wood carvings. The palace museum displays paintings and various priceless collections of the royal family.
The Govt. Art Museum
Widely known as "Napier Museum" named on the memory of former Madras Governer General, John Napier. It's built in the 19th century. It is a gem of architectural enthusiasm, combining traditional Kerala styles and good doses of Chinese and Mughal Influences.
Sree Chithra Art Gallery
Located near the Napier Museum. This are gallery displays rare and selected paintings of Raja Ravi Varma.
The zoological park
The Zoological Park in Thiruvananthapuram is one of the oldest zoos in the country of India. That is why the Zoological Park in Thiruvananthapuram is so popular among the tourists. Thousands of tourists from various corners of the world if come to visit the city of Thiruvananthapuram then they never miss the chance to see The Zoological Park at Thiruvananthapuram . The park is located in a beautiful botanical garden in the heart of the Thiruvananthapuram city.
The Priyadarshini Planetarium is a pride of people not in Thiruvananthapuram, but all Indians. The Priyadarshini Planetarium is situated within the Kerala State Science and Technology Museum in Thiruvananthapuram. It is one of the most sophisticated and versatile planetariums in India. The marvelous planetarium complex has a centrally air-conditioned sky theatre, conference hall, workshops and a sound-studio.
The Attukal Bhagavathy Temple is one of the ancient temples of South India, is popularly known as Sabarimala of the Women. The Pongala Mahotsavam is a ten-day programme which starts on the Karthika star of the Malayalam month of Makaram-Kumbham (February-March). The Pongala offering is on the ninth day. The entire area of about 5 km radius around temple with premises of houses of people of all caste, creed and religion, open fields, roads, commercial institutions, premises of Government offices etc. emerges as a consecrated ground for observing Pongala rituals for lakhs of women devotees assembling from different parts of Kerala and outside. The ceremony is exclusively confined to women.
Other attractions of Thiruvananthapuram are Shangumugam beach, Kavadiar palace, Kanakakunnu palace etc.
Nearest places to visit
Veli Tourist Village - 8 km
Kovalam - 14 km
Neyyar Dam - 32 km
Varkala - 55 km
Ponmudi -62 km
Kanyakumari - 88 km
How to get there:
Nearest Airport: The Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is enriched with an International Air Port.
Nearest Railhead: Thampanur railway station in Thiruvananthapuram is an important rail head of the Southern Railway and is well linked to major towns up country.
By road: Thiruvananthapuram the capital City of Kerala is easily accessible by road.
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