Fancy a historically and culturally uplifting vacation in the lap of nature? Trivandrum is where you may finally find the solace that you were seeking from life’s worries and complications.
There is no dearth of places to visit in Trivandrum but then, that’s not its only specialty. While you will have a lot of places to visit near Trivandrum, it is the city’s standing as the capital of Kerala, its cultural and aesthetic mores and of course, its splendid natural beauty that lend it a special charm of its own.
8 Most Famous Places To See In Trivandrum
- Padmanabha Swamy Temple
- Kuthiramalika Palace Museum
- Padmanabhapuram Palace
- Veli Tourist
- Napier Museum
- Kerala Legislature Complex
If you’re going Trivandrum sightseeing, there are several landmarks worth taking in. Here’s looking at some of the top places that you must not miss during your trip.
1. Padmanabha Swamy Temple
Now this temple is a treat for architecture lovers and for the spiritually inclined as well. The temple worships Lord Vishnu and fuses amazing Dravidian and Kerala architectural styles. It is present within the East Fort and the deity will arrest your attention with its depiction of Lord Vishnu in a reclining pose on the Serpent Anantha. The temple has several interesting stone carvings and murals as well.
This is Kerala’s second highest peak and you will love the fresh air and the Sahyadri range which dots the entire place at 1890 m high. The forests here are home to several medicinal plants and herbs along with rows of orchids. Bird watchers will love it here and the mountain can be traversed from Kotoor by foot which is near the Neyyar Dam. You can also go from Bonacaud. The peak is also within the Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve.
3. Kuthiramalika Palace Museum
Think regal air and a whiff of splendid history wafting all about. Well, that is precisely what the Kuthiramalika Palace Museum is! This museum showcases Travancore architectural styles and craftsmanship and was built by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma who was once the King of Travancore. There are several priceless artefacts showcased here along with paintings.
4. Padmanabhapuram Palace
Let your royal odyssey continue with the magnificent palace which lies at Thuckalai en route Kanyakumari. This wooden palace is an architectural marvel with its imposing murals, granite floor and carvings. Crafted from teak and rose wood, the palace is now maintained and owned by the Kerala Government. It is located approximately 50 km away from Trivandrum and 20 km away from Nagercoil.
5. Veli Tourist Village
A major picnic spot for relaxing with your loved ones, this is the place where the Arabian Sea plays its interlude with the Veli Lake, making for a pretty sight. You can paddle through this lagoon in a boat at your leisure or hire a speedboat for a quick dekko. There are several sculptures here and the overall ambience is really charming to say the least. What makes things even better is that this landmark is just 6 km away from the Trivandrum International Airport.
This is a perfect hill station for a small break with its lush greenery, quaint paths and a height of 915 m. Ponmudi will be a photographer’s delight with its wild flowers, rivulets, butterflies, the deer park and the lovely springs. There are quite a few trekking routes that pass through here since Ponmudi is a part of the Western Ghats. The journey to Ponmudi is itself a thrilling one with hairpin bends and turns!
7. Napier Museum
This museum is a must visit for art and history lovers. The Sri Chitra Art Gallery will leave you spellbound with its painting collection from different schools like Tanjore, Mughal and Rajput among others. Raja Ravi Varma’s paintings are also specially displayed here. The Zoological Gardens is a major attraction along with the Botanical Garden and Observatory which is the highest point in the city. There are several other artefacts that will draw your attention here.
8. Kerala Legislature Complex
The Kerala Legislature Complex is a charming yet magnificently designed building which will bowl you over with its impeccable galleries, teak panelling and the dome. Get a sneak peek into how the lawmakers function here along with marvelling at the sheer grandeur of this landmark.
A visit to Trivandrum will give you a complete vacation right from getting up close and personal with history and culture to wandering in the misty mountains to even splashing about in the sea. Book your tickets now and gear up for one of the most relaxing experiences you will ever have in a lifetime!
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