Thiruvananthapuram (previously known as Trivandrum) is the capital of Kerala. It is a pleasant and attractive city which has retained a rural air away from the crowded centre. The oldest, most interesting, part of town is the Fort area, which encompasses the Shri Padmanabhaswamy temple and Puttam Malika palace to the south. The artistic and cultural heart, exemplified by the Shri Chitra Art Gallery and Napier Museum, is to the north of the city centre. The nearby beach resort of Kovalam is just half an hour drive away.
What to see
Akkulam Boat Club ;
Sri Ananthag Padmanabbaswamy Temple (open only to Hindus & with strict dress regaulations);
Kandiyar Palace; Observatory; Shankbumugham Beach; Veli Tourist Village (a recreational centre with landscaped gardens and water sport facilities; Zoological Gardens (Closed on Mondays).
Museums / Art Gaglary / Planatarium Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum: Timings-1000@lhrs to 1700 hrs. Sri Chitra Art Gallery: Timmings- 1000 hrs-1700 hrs (closed on Monday, & forenoon of Wednesdays) The Govt. Art Museum: Timing: 1000 hrs -1700 (closed on Monday, & forenoon of Wednesdays) Science and Technology Museum: Timing- 1000 hrs to 1700 hrs. (Closed on Mondays). Priyadarshini Planetarium : It provides a panoramic experience of the universe.
Air: Thiruvananthapuram is connected by Air India, Indian Airlines and private airlines with major cities in India.
Rail Thiruvananthapuram is connected by rail with all major cities and towns.
Road Thiruvananthapuram is connected by motorable reads with Nappuzha 159 Km, Alwaye 243 Km, Bangalore 712 Km, Chennai 784 Km, Guruvayur 331 Km, Kanyakumari 88 Km, Kochi 222 Km, Kodaikanal 379 Km, Kollam 73 Km, Kottayam 160 Km, Kozhikode 448 Km, Madurai 417 Km, Mangalore 633 Km, Mumbai 1613 Km, Munnar 302 Km, Mysore 643 Km, Palakked 383 Km, Periyar (Thekkady) 272 Km and Trissur 303Km.
Area: 75 Sq.Km. Temperature: Summer - Max: 36.2 Deg.C. Min: 20.6 Deg.C Winter - Max: 35.0 Deg.C. Min: 18.0 Deg.C Rainfall: 170 Cm. (May to November). Altitude: Sea Level STD Code: 0471.
Aruvikkara (16 Km.): A picnic spot mdth a temple dedicated to Goddess Durga.
Kovallam (16 Km): A sheltered bay with unusual beauty and a beach resort of international standards. Other facilities are Ayurvedic massage, yoga & water sports.
Neyyar Dam (29 Km.): A dam and a lake wtth landscaped gardens, facilities for boating and mountaineering. The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram is situated here.
Padhrnanabbapuram Palace (54 Km): A palace with elaborate woodwork. the ancient seat of the Tranvancore rulers. (Timings: 0900 hrs to 1700 hrs.(Closed on Mondays).
Varkala (55 Km.): A seaside town and a pilgrim centre, famous for a temple dedicated to Janardana (Lord Vishnu). Close by is the Sivagiri Hill, where Shree Narayana Guru, the philosopher social reformer and saint, established a centre of spiritual and social reform.
Ponmudi (61 Km): A hill station at an altitude of 335 metres. It is also a popular health resort.
Nagarcoil (68 Km): 19 Km from Kanyakumari, it is famous for the temple of Nagaraja.
Kollam (71 Km): A sea-side commercial centre, famous for the backwater cruises.
Suchindram Temple (74 Km):The Thanumalayan temple at Suchindram in Tamil Nedu, dedicated to the Trimurthi - Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma, is a repository of art treasures.
Kanniyakumari (34 Km) : Kanniyakumari is famous for its spectacular sunrise, sunset and moonrise especially on full moon days. The places of interest here are the Kanniyakumari Amman temple, the Gandhi memorial and Vivekananda Rock Memorial.