Trivandrum Guide

Guide to Trivandrum district and city. Trivandrum (the anglicised name) is now called in a real tongue twister - Thiruvanathapuram !!



Trivandrum also known as Thiruvanathapuram is the capital of Kerala. It was the capital of the Travancore kingdom which was established in 1759. The name is derived from ‘Tiru Ananta Puram’ the abode of the scared serpent Ananta, on whose coil Lord Vishnu lies in the main temple. The Kings called themselves Padmanabha Dasa (servant of lord Vishnu).It is the capital city of modern day Kerala.

Palayam Square in the heart of the city with its mosque, temple and church speaks volumes about the religious tolerance adopted by the erstwhile rulers of this city.

Thiruvanathapuram houses historic monuments, traditional art, culture, temples and churches.The busy Mahatma Gandhi Road still retains colonial structures and churches which bear mute witness to the historical legacy of the city.

The city has grown into a commercial and tourist centre . The Trivandrum International Airport is situated 6 Km from the city. The Trivamdrum rail route connects it to all major towns in Kerala and other main cities in India. The road transport links Trivandrum to all the towns and cities.

Some of the landmarks in the city are the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple, East fort, Kerala University, Trivandrum Central and the zoo and museum to name only a few.

Thiruvananthapuram District

Area: 2192 sq. km population: 3,234,707 Altitude: Sea level

Capital of Kerala. South end of Kerala. Borders Kollam district, Arabian Sea and Thirunvelveli and Kanyakumari districts of Tamil Nadu.

(1) Padmnabha Swamy Temple. Very famous.

(2) Puthen Malika Palace. Outside Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Within a complex of hordes of palaces.

(3) Kalari. In and around the city. Kalari (institution) imparts training in Kalaripayattu, the martial art of Kerala.

(4) Zoo. No rival in India for its design and layout.

(5) Napier Museum. Named after the erstwhile British Governor of Madras. Big collections.

(6) Sri Chitra Art Gallery. In the Napier Museum ground. Good collections of paintings.

(7) Ayurveda College. First established in India. All types of treatments done.

(8) Science & Technology Museum. Treasure of science and technology. Plus planetarium.

(9) Sevasadanam Bhavani Arogya Nikethanam, Nalamchira.

(10) Santigiri Hospital Complex (Ayurveda), Pothencode.

(11) Devika Ayurveda Foundation, Opp. Tagore Theater.

(12) Vasudeva Vilasam Nursing Home (Ayurveda), East Fort.

(13) Edison’s Siddha Vaidyasala, Kesavadsapuram.

(14) Sanjeevani Panchakarma Institute & Spiritual Healing Centre, Thottam.

(15) Laxmivilasam Vaidyasala, Pappanamcode Junction.

(16) Chavarcode Ayurvdic Research Centre, Sasthamangalam.

(17) Sree Sankara Ayurveda Hospital, Chennicode.

(18) Sri Dhanwanthari Matom, Pulimoodu.

(19) Triveni Nursing Home(Ayurveda), Vanchiyoor.

(20) Aiswarya Nursing Home (Ayurveda), Punnapuram.

(21) Navaratna Bhooshanam R Sanjeevakumar (Astrologer), Thycaud.

(22) Kovilakam Varma (Astrologer), Karamana.

(23) Kothakulangara B M Das (Astrologer), Manakkad.

(24) Attukal Radhakrishnan (Astrologer), Manakkad.

(25) Attukal Mohanan (Astrologer), Manakkad.

(26) Adarshkumar (Astrologer), Near Medical College.

(27) Dr S Madhavan (Astrologer).

(28) Dr W K Joseph (Astrologer), Near Medical College.

Palayam Palli (Charachira Jama Masjid): At Palayam in the city.

Pazhanchira: In the side of Kovalam Road in the city. Pazhanchira Devi Temple. 7 days festival in March/April.

Manakkad: 2 km from the city. Mukkalakkal Sri Varaham Bhagawathi Temple. Festival in March/April.

Shanmugham Beach: 7 km from the city. Silent. Good Beach.

Karikkakom: 7 km east of Thiruvananthapuram city. Sri Chamundy Temple.

Padmanabhapuram Palace: 55 km south of the city. Now in Tamil Nadu. Owned and governed by Government Kerala Government. Breathtaking, unique.

Vali: 9 km from the city. Vali Tourist Village. Boating and water sports facilities.

Attukal: Near the city. Attukal Bhagawathi Temple. Pongala fame. Placed in Guinness Books of Records.

Akulam: 8 km from the city. Biggest Children’s Park in Kerala.

Kovalam: 13 km from the city.

(1) Kovalam Beach. India’s most famous beach

(2) Kerala Village Fair. During Onam.

(3) Ayurbay Medicus Ayurvedic Centre, Nellikunnu Beach.

Chowara: 8 km from Kovalam.

(1) Fishing village. White-sand beach.

(2) Marine Aquarium. Treasure of marine wealth.

(3) Dr Franklin’s Panchakarma Institute & Research Centre.

Azhimalathura: Little away from Chowara. Azhimlathura Beach. Jumbo stretched.

Neyyattinkara: 15 km from Kovalam. Jyothisha Bhooshanam R Velayudhan Nair (Astrologer).

Venjaramood: Distance from Thiruvananthapuram. M Shibu Narayanan (Astrologer).

Pallichal: Distance from Thiruvananthapuram. Dr K K Nair (Astrologer).

Ponmudi: 61 km from Thiruvananthapuram. Scenic hill station. Mist-clad.

Peppara: 17 km from Ponmudi.

(1) Wildlife Sanctuary.

(2) Peppara Dam. Amidst green bathed hills.

(3) Trekking paradise.

Neyyar: 30 km from Thiruvananthapuram.

(1) Wildlife Sanctuary. Unveils sold colour of wildlife.

(2) Crocodile Protection Centre. Sunning crocodiles.

(3) Lion Safari Park. Some distance away from Wildlife Sanctuary.

Varkala: 46 km north of Thiruvananthapuram.

(1) Sea shore destination. All pleasures of Kovalam minus chaos, crowds and hawkers. Solitary beaches. Serene backwaters.

(2) Janardhanaswamy Temple. Believers confirm that water of temple pond nullify sins.

(3) Papanasini Beach. Dip in the sea at beach considered sacred.

(4) Shivagiri Mutt. Resting places of the mortals of Sree Narayana Guru, eminent spiritual leader and social reformer.

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