Best places to visit in Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram (or Trivandrum) is the capital of the southern Indian state of Kerala. It’s distinguished by its British colonial architecture and many art galleries. It’s also home to Kuthira Malika (or Puthen Malika) Palace, adorned with carved horses and displaying collections related to the Travancore royal family, whose regional capital was here from the 18th–20th centuries


Museum Complex

The Museum Complex, also known as Palayam, is located on the city’s northern outskirts. It is a large garden with a museum (the Napier Museum), an art gallery (the Chitra Art Gallery), a zoo, churches, a botanical garden, and a few small markets.

Many historic artefacts and paintings have been restored by the complex’s museum and art gallery. The zoo was built in the shape of a jungle, complete with a reptile park. If you come here with your family, don’t worry about the kids because there is plenty of space for them to run around in the parks.

Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, often used as a synonym for Trivandrum or as the city’s epicentre, is the city’s most iconic attraction. This temple cannot be missed because of its magnificent architecture and tall gopuram.

The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and houses the main shrine of Padmanabhaswamy in a sleeping posture over the five-headed serpent Anantha, which is popular with both locals and visitors. The main shrine is flanked by two shrines dedicated to Goddess Sridevi and Goddess Bhudevi.

You must follow the temple rules or you will be denied entry. It should be noted that only Hindus are permitted to enter the temple.

Agastya Mala

Agastya Mala is a tall peak with a height of 1868 metres located approximately 60 kilometres from Trivandrum city. It is located within the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary and is part of the sanctuary’s biosphere reserve. This peak is surrounded by numerous rivers and waterfalls.

The mountain is located between the Indian states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Aside from the diverse flora and fauna, this location is also a popular Hindu pilgrimage site. According to the Hindu Puranas epic, Agastya was one of the seven rishis (Saptrishi), and his idol is erected atop the peak.

This peak is suitable for trekking for those looking for adventure in Trivandrum. With a length of 25 kilometres,

Aruvikkara Dam

Aruvikkara Dam, located approximately 16 kilometres from Trivandrum, is a popular picnic destination for both tourists and locals. Its scenic beauty has been untouched and unspoilt by regular city chores because it is built on the banks of the River Karamana.

Bring some food and come here with your family and friends to unwind after a long day in the city. You can also visit the Aruvikkara Devi Temple, which has a shrine to Goddess Durga.

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