Interesting Sightseeing Places in Trivandrum
Post by : favouritehomes
Also known as Thiruvananthapuram, Trivandrum is the capital of Kerala. The city’s history goes back many centuries and was once the capital of the princely state of Travancore too. Backed by its rulers, Trivandrum emerged as a center for education and the arts. Even until today, the institutions set up by these rulers are in functional existence.
The city is also famous for its abundant natural beauty. Settled on seven low-lying coastal hills, Trivandrum was given the title of ‘Evergreen city of India’ by Mahatma Gandhi. And bound by the Arabian Sea on its western side, it offers a long shoreline of some of the most beautiful beaches and backwaters along with its offerings of cultural heritage. No wonder Trivandrum is an important tourist destination in Kerala. Here are a few of the attractive locations you shouldn’t miss out on:
Padmanabha Swamy Temple
Being the richest temple in the world, it draws tourists like no other. The temple is also famous for its beautiful mural paintings and ancient stone carvings. The architecture is a mix of the Dravidian and Kerala styles and offers a view of Lord Vishnu reclining on Anantha, the serpent.
This is the second highest peak in Kerala and its verdant forests abound with a variety of wildlife, making this a birder’s paradise. Standing at a height of 1890 meters above sea level, it’s also famous for its medicinal herbs and plants. This mountain offers trekking during the months of December through April.
Also known as the ‘Golden peak’ it’s an idyllic hill station with its carpets of beautiful mountain flowers, cool lush greenery, breath-taking views, and winding pathways. This serene area is ideal to while the day away amidst nature and its natural bounty of small rivulets, springs, large butterflies and misty trekking paths.
Veli Tourist Village
This iconic picnic spot located beside the Veli Lake and bounded by the Arabian Sea on the western side offers charming facilities like the sculpture gardens, parks, a floating bridge, and a floating restaurant. You also get to enjoy the beach, horse riding and the thrill of all kinds of boat-riding.
This museum has a prized collection of ancient coins and bronze, ivory and wooden artifacts. It’s located in a scenic complex comprising the zoological gardens, botanical gardens, the Sri Chitra Art Gallery and the museum of natural history.
Other close-by places of cultural significance include the Puthenmalika Palace, Kanakakunnu Palace, and the Vizhingham rock-cut cave. Varkala, Kovalam, Shanmugam, and Poovar are some of the divine beaches that shouldn’t be missed either!
So many leisure options make Trivandrum a great place to live in too!