Thiruvananthapuram - The capital city of God's own country!
Area: 2192 sq km.
Altitude: Sea level
Located at the southwestern tip of India,Thiruvananthapuram district is bounded
by the Arabian Sea on the west and Tamil Nadu on the east. The wooded highlands
of the Western Ghats in the eastern and northeastern borders give
Thiruvananthapuram some of the most enchanting picnic spots. A long shoreline,
with internationally renowned beaches, historic monuments, backwater stretches
and a rich cultural heritage makes this district a much sought after tourist
destination. Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of Kerala.
PLACES TO VIST
Padmanabha Swamy Temple
(Open: 0415-0515 hrs,06.45-07.30 hrs,0830, 10:30 hrs,1130-1145 hrs, 1715-1930
The temple is located inside the East Fort. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the
temple is a blend of the Kerala and Dravidan styles of architecture. It is
known for its mural paintings and stone carvings. One among the 108 sacred
Vishnu temples in India, the presiding deity here is Lord Vishnu reclining on
Anantha the Serpent. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple.
Dress code: Men-Dhoti; Women-Saree and blouse
Kuthirarnalika (Puthenmalika) Palace Museum
(Open 0830-1230 hrs & 1530-1730 hrs. Closed on Mondays.)
The Palace was built by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma the King of
Travancore, who was a great poet, musician, social reformer and statesman. This
rare specimen of workmanship in the traditional Travancore style of
architecture also has exquisite woodcarvings. The palace museum displays
paintings and various priceless collections of the royal family and is located
near the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple.
Entrance fee Adults Rs.5 children:Rs.3. Foreigners: Rs.20 Camera permit: Rs.25.
The Napier Museum: (Open 10.00-17.00 hrs. Closed on Mondays & Wednesday
forenoons) The IndoSaracenic structure dating back to the 9th century, and
boasting a natural air conditioning system, houses a rare collection of
archeological and historic artifacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple
chariot and ivory carvings. The use of plastic is banned in the museum
Sree Chithra Art Gallery
(Open 1000- 1700 hrs. Closed on Mondays & Wednesday forenoons)
Located near the Napier Museum, this art gallery displays select paintings of
Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlova and Nicholas Roerich and exquisite works from Rajput,
Mughal and Tanjore schools of art in India. The collection also includes
paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali.
Entrance fee: (Museum & Art Gallery). Adults: Rs.5. Children:Rs.2.
The Zoological Park
(Open 10.00-17.00 hrs. Closed on Mondays)
One of the first zoological park in India, it is located in a well-planned
botanical garden. With huge trees like frangipani and iacaranda dotting the
sprawling lawns and wild fowl swimming in the lake, it is like a small jungle
in the heart of the city. A reptile house with different species of snakes is
also located in the premises.
Entrance fee: Adults: Rs.4. Children: Rs. 2.
The Kanakakkunnu Palace
The palace and its sprawling grounds are today the venue for many cultural
meets and programs.
Science and Technology Museum Complex
(Open 10.00-17.00 hrs. Closed on Mondays).
The exhibits here are related to science, technology and electronics.
Entrance fee:Adults: Rs.2.00 Children: Rs1.00
Show Time: 10.30, 12.00, 15.00 and 17.00 hrs.
Entrance fee: - Adults: Rs. 10.00. Children (between 3 to 10 years): Rs.5.00
Entrance Fee: Adults: Rs-5.00 Children: Rs.2.00
Chacha Nehru Children's Museum
(Open 10.00- 17.00 hrs. Closed on Mondays.)
Children of all age groups will enjoy the vast collection of nearly 2000 dolls,
stamps and masks displayed here.
Located at the highest point in the city, near the Museum complex 60 meters
above sea level, one can have a bird's eye view of the city from here.
Built in the Roman architectural style, this is the center of government
administration in Kerala and houses the offices of ministers and the
Kerala Legislature Complex
Located at Palayam, this is the new building where the Legislative Assembly of
Kerala meets. With its towering dome, exquisitely carved galleries, ornate teak
paneling and ceiling, combined with the most modem acoustic treatment and
state-of-the-art sound systems, the hall is a beautiful blend of classical
grandeur and modernity.
Just 8 km from the city, this is a Favorite haunt or sunset watchers. The beach
is adjacent to the Airport and Veli Tourist Village. An indoor recreation club,
the matsyakanyaka (a gigantic, 35 in long sculpture of a mermaid) and a
restaurant shaped like a starfish are some of the attractions here.
Veli Tourist Village
(Open 08.00-18.00 hrs) This picnic spot where the Veli Lake meets the Arabian
Sea offers boating facilities.
Pedal boats and paddleboats can be hired to explore the charms of the lagoon in
a leisurely manner. For a quick ride over the waters, speedboats are available.
Children enjoy climbing over the sculptures, which dot the landscape.
Boat rentals (1000-1730 hrs): Safari, boat: Rs. 10.00 per head. Speed boat:Rs.
SHORT TOURS FROM THIRUVANANTHAPURM CITY
Thiruvallam (10 km):
This serene backwater stretch, enroute to Kovalam is famous for its canoe
rides. For details contact: Tour India, Thiruvananthapuram Ph: 331507. Soma
Aruvikkara Dam (16 km-1/2 hour):
This Picturesque picnic spot is on the bass of the Karamana river. Near the
Durga Temple here is a stream full of fish that fearlessly come close to the
shore to be fed by the visitors.
Kovalam Beach (16 km-I/2 hour):
This internationally renowned beach resort has been a Favorite haunt of
tourists since the 1930s. Kovalam consists of three adjacent crescent beaches.
The southern most, known as the Lighthouse Beach, is the most popular. Kovalam
offers accommodation options to suit all budgets.
Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave (17 km1/2 hour):
There are rock cut sculptures of the 18th century in the cave temple at
Vizhinjam. The granite cave here encloses a one -called shrine with a loose
sculpture of Vinandhara Dakshinamurthi. The outer wall of the cave depicts half
complete reliefs of the Hindu God Shiva with Goddess Parvathi.
Koyikkal Palace, Nedumangad (18 km -1/2 hour):
Located on the way to the Ponmudi hill station and the ' Courtallam waterfalls,
this ancient palace dates back to the 15th century. Here you can see a double
storied traditional Nalukettu building with slanting gabled roofs, an inner
courtyard and museums of folklore and numismatics set up by the Department of
The Folklore Museum set up in 1992 is a treasure house of quaint musical
instruments, occupational implements, household utensils, models of folk arts
etc. Displayed in the Koykkal Palace, they focus attention on the cultural
background of the State.
The Numismatics Museum houses rare and historically valuable coins denoting the
trade relations of the State.
Sree Mahadeva Temple Kazhakuttom, this ancient temple is believed to
date to the 14th Century. Another old temple is the Mitramandapuram Temple on
the outskirts of the city.
Neyyar Dam (32 km- I hour) a popular picnic spot, Neyyar Dam has a
watchtower, crocodile farm, lion safari park and deer park. Boating facilities
are available, at the reservoir.
Varkala (40 km -21/2 hrs)
Varkala is a seaside resort. It is also an important Hindu center of
pilgrimage. The final resting place of the great social reformer Sree Narayana
Guru is near Varkala, atop a hill called Sivagiri. High cliffs with mineral
springs rise majestically from the coastline. In addition to the Papanasham
Beach, the 2000 years old SreeJanardhana Swamy Temple and the Nature Care
Center are the main attractions here.
Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary (50 km! 1/2xhrs):
This sanctuary spread over 53sq. km. on the Western Ghats, is accessible from
Vithurai, which is on the way to Ponmudi. With its rich flora and fauna,
Peppara, dotted with hillocks, forests and eucalyptus plantations, is emerging
as a great attraction for wildlife enthusiasts.
Pomnudi (61 km - 2 1/2 hrs):
An ideal hill resort with narrow, winding pathways and cool, green, wooded
environment, Ponmudi is located 915 meters above sea level. Along with a
variety of beautiful mountain flowers, exotic butterflies, small rivulets.
springs and the deer park nearby, this hill station also has excellent trekking
Food: KTDC restaurant and beer parlor the government guesthouse
Guest House: Cottages and rooms Rs.250.00 to Rs. 600.00 Dormitory Rs. 800.00.
For reservations contact:
The Secretary, General Administration Department (Political), Govt.
Padmanabhapuram Palace (63 km 2 1/2 hrs. Closed on Mondays).
The seat of the erstwhile rulers of Travancore, this splendid palace is
situated at Thuckalai, on the way to Kanyakumari. This is a well-preserved
wooden structure, a glorious testimony to the traditional Kerala School of
architecture. The extraordinary murals, exquisite floral carvings and the black
glossy granite floor have withstood the test of time.
Part of the Sahyadri range of mountains, Agasthyakoodam is the second highest
peak in Kerala, at a height of 1890 meters above sea level. Teeming with
wildlife, the forests of Agasthyakoodam abound in rare medicinal herbs and
plants, and brilliantly hued orchids .A bird Watcher's paradise; this legendary
mountain is accessible by foot from Kotoor, near Neyyar Dam, and also from
Bonacoud. The season from December to April is advocated for trekking, for
which a forest pass has to be obtained from the Wildlife Warden, Forest
Department, PTP Nagar, Thiruvananthapuram.
Telephone access code: ++91-471
Thiruvanthapuram International Airport (6 km from the city) has over 30 air
links with convenient connections to Colombo, Maldives, the Middle East and
Singapore. Indian Airlines and Jet Airways operate domestic flights to
different parts of the country.
Airport: Domestic Ph: 501537
International Ph: 501542.
Indian Airlines, Mascot Jn. Ph: 31 6870, 501 537.
Jet Airways, Sasthamangalam Ph: 321018.
Air India, Palayam Ph: 310310, 501426.
Air Lanka, -Vazhuthacaud Ph: 322309.
Gulf Air, Vellayarnbalam Ph: 328003, 501205.
British Airways, Vellayambalam Ph; 326604.
Oman Airways, Sasthmangalam. Kuwait Airways, Vellayambalam Ph: 321691.
KLM. M G Road Ph: 477531, 463531.
Air Maldives, M G Road Ph: 501344, 463531.
Aeroflot Ph: 320091.
Delta Airways Ph: 330546.
Saudi Arabian Airlines Ph: 321321.
Qatar Airways Ph: 327922.
Silk Air Ph: 314141
There are direct trains from Thiruvananthapuram to all the main towns in major
cities in India. Road:
Long distance buses operate from the Central Bus Station at Thampanoor,
opposite the railway station (KSRTC Ph: 323886;Thiruvalluvar Ph: 327756). Short
distance buses operate from the City Bus Station, East Fort (Ph: 463029).
Taxi charge:Rs.4 per running km(Non A/c) and Rs.7 per running km (A/c).
Auto rickshaw fare: Rs.3 per running km. The minimum charge for taxis is
Rs.70(Non A/c) and Rs.90 (A/c), and Rs.6 for auto rickshaws,
Tourist Information Office:
Tourist Facilitation Centre, Department of Tourism, Park View Ph: 321132.
Tourist information Center, Railway Station, Thampanoor Ph: 334470.
Tourist information Center, KSRTC Central Bus Station, Thampanoor Ph: 327224.
Tourist information Center, Domestic Airport Ph: 501085.
Tourist reformation Center, International Airport Ph: 502298.
Tourist Facilitation Centre, Kovalam Ph: 480085.
Tourist information Centre (Govt. of India), Airport Ph: 501498.
Tourist Reception Thampanoor Ph. 330031.
Central Reservations (KTDC), Hotel Mascot Ph: 318976.
District Tourism Promotion Council, Vellayambalam Ph: 315397.
IATA approved Travel agents/Tour operators:
Air Travel Enterprises, Palayam Ph:323900
Akbar Travels of India, Vellayambalam Ph: 322466
Altima Tours & Travels, M.G Road Aries Travels Press Road Ph: 330964 .
Balmer Lawfie&Co.,Goureeshapattom Butterfly Holidays, Thiruvallam Ph:460805
Chanakya Group, Vazhuthacaud Ph: 324498
Chalukya Grace Tours Pvt Ltd., Kunnukuzhi Ph: 444618
FORV Holiday Travel Centre, Near Old GPO Ph: 479884.
Great India Tour Company, Vanross In. Ph: 331516
Ind Travels, Vellayambalam Ph: 325863
Jaihind Tours & Travels,Vellayambalam Ph: 324454
Kerala Travels, Palayam Ph: 314712
Lawson Travels&Tours, East Fort Ph: 476476.
Marvel Tours Ph: 333501.
Oasis International, Statue Ph: 461771
Olympus Travels, Thampanoor Ph: 321106.
ODEPC Ltd., Jawahar Nagar Overseas Air Travel & Tours operators, Govt press
Jn. Ph: 330075
PL Worldways Ltd., Sasthamangalam Ph: 329364
Riya Travels & Tours, PMG Jn, Ph: 324927
Skymaster Tours &Travels, Vazhuthacaud Ph: 329309.
Skypalace Tours & Travels, M.G Road Ph: 472402
Sunil Associates Travels Consultants, Sasthamangalam.Swastik Tour &
Travels, M.G Road Ph: 331691.
Tour India, M.G. Road Ph: 330437.
Travel India, M.G. Raod Ph: 478208.
Travancore Travels, East Fort Ph: 474388.
Universal Tours & Travels LMS PH: 314328
United Tours & Travels,M.G.Road Ph: 331655
UVI Holidays, Pullimoodu Ph: 470967.
Vacation India, Plamoodu Ph: 314561 .
Wellmen Travel Links, Panavila Ph: 330781.
Companion Holidays, Sasthmangalam Ph: 329548
FORV Holidays & Travels, Old GPO jn. Ph: 463811
Great India Tour Company, Vancross Jn. Ph: 331516
Vacation India, Plamoodu Jn. Ph: 314561
Aries Travels, Press Road Ph: 330417
Swastik Travels,M.G. Road Ph: 331270
The Southern Travel Trading Company Sasthmangalam Ph: 326850.
Banks and currency exchange
Banking time Monday to Friday: 1000 to 1400 hrs;
Saturday: 1000 to 1200 hrs:
Canada Bank,M.G Road:Visa/Master cards Ph: 471161
Bank of Baroda, Palayam: Travellers Cheques/Currenct/ Visa card Ph:
Canara Bank, Spencer Bldg; Currency travellers Cheques/Visa card Ph: 331536.
Central Bank of India, Pulimoodu: Currency/Travellers Cheques/Visa/ Mastercard
Federal Bank, Palayam: Currency/Travellers ChequesPh:328273.
StateBankofTravancore Statue/Airport: Currency, TIC Visa/Master card Ph: 330429
Thomas Cook, Airport: Currency andTravellersCheques Ph:502470.
UCOBank:Currency/Travellers ChequesPh: 330610
HSBC, Vellayambalam - Visa and Master card/Thomas CookTravel Cheques Ph: 326920
Post and Telecom offices
General Post Office Pulimoodu Ph: 473071
Speed Post Counter Ph: 329696.
Railway Mail Service, Thampanoor Ph: 330216
Central Telegraph Office Statue Ph: 321494
APPROVED AYURVEDA CENTRES
Santhigiri Hospital Complex Ph: 419315
Devaki Ayurvedic Health Care Centre Ph: 326022
Somatheeram Ayurvedic Beach resort ph: 481600
Ideal Ayurvedic Centre Ph: 481632
Ayushya Ayurvedic Center Gopal's Ayurvedic Beach Resort Ph: 480833
Hotels offering Ayurvedic health packages
Hotel Samudra, Kovalam Ph: 480089 fax: 480242
Hotel Surya Samudra Beach Garden, Kovalam Ph: 480413 fax: 481124
Taj Garden Retreat, Varkala Ph: 603000 fax: 602296
Yoga centres: Sivanada Ashram, Thiruvananthapuram Ph: 450942.
Sivanada Ashram , Neyyar Dam Ph: 273093.
|Hotels in Thiruvananthapuram
||Tariff in Indian Rs
|The South Park
|Wild Palms Guest House
|Paramount Park Hotel
|Hotels in Kovalam
||Tariff in Indian Rs
|Ashok Beach Resort
|Lagoon Beach Resort
|Hotel Sea Face
|Hotel Palmshore Bethsaida
|Hotel Sea Rock
|Wilson Beach Resort
|Hotel Rockholm I
||100- 1 250
|Varma's Beach Resort
|Gopal Ayurvedic Beach Resort
||500 - 600
||350 - 750
||Villa 300 -
|Apsara Beach Cottage
|Royal Retreat Cottage 250
||- 1 000
|Hotels in Varkala
||Tariff in Indian Rs
|Taj Garden Retreat
|Varkala Marine Palace
The Trivandrum Golf Club, Kowdiar Ph: 435834, 9 holes golf course Guest fee:
200 Foreigners: 650
The Trivandrum Tennis Club Kowdiar Ph: 322737
Contact Secretary, TTC, for information on guest fee.
Intemational Centre of Cultural Development, Anayara Ph: 465368
Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Cotton Hill Ph: 326712.
Noopura Dance school, Poojappura Ph: 341466
Margi, Fort Ph: 434066.
Sopanam Alliance Francais, Sasthamangalam Ph: 327776
Drishyavedi.Kerala Chalachitra Academy Ph: 310322.
lntemational Centre For Kerala Studies, University of Kerala, Kariyavattom.
Handicrafts and antiques:
SMSMHandicrafts Emporium, Statue Ph:330625
Kirali, Opp. Secretariat Ph:475627
Natesan's Antiqarts ' .M G.Road Ph: 331594
Hastakala,Gandhariamman Kovil Road, Pulimoodu Khadi Gramodhyog Bhavan, M.G Road
Gramasree, Vazhuthacaud Ph: 326369
Gramam (The Kerala Village Fair), Kovalam (14-23 January):
An entire kerala village is recreated on the beach, during this ten day long
Festival highlights: Arts and crafts fair, Oppana, Kathakali, Thiruvathirakali,
Mohiniyattam, Kalaripayattu, Sarpapattu, Theyyam, Kummattikali, Kakkarisi
natakain, Panchavadya, Chakyarkoothu, Ottamthullal.
Nishagandhi dance and Music Festival (21-25 February):
This festival of Indian classical dances and music is held at the Nishagandhi
open air theatre, Kanakakkunnu Palace grounds, Thiruvananthapuram.
Bharathanatyam 'Kathak Kathakali Kuchipudi Avianipuri.Mohiniyattam.Odissi.
Specially choreographed ballet combining one or more of these classical dance
forms. Instrumental and vocal concerts. Jugalbandi(fusion concerts) etc. are
performed in the evening.
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