Location – Thiruvandpuarm district, Kerala
Languages – Malayalam, Hindi and English
Main tourist attraction – historical monuments, beaches, palace and temples
Trivanduram is capital city of the state of the Kerala. It is situated on the western coast of India. It is referred as evergreen city of Indian by Late Mahatma Gandhi. It is characterized by its busy commercial alleys and terrain of coastal hills. It is largest as well as most populous city in Kerala. Once coastal town, is now hub of software exports. The city is house of many state and central government offices as well as organizations. It is major educational hub of south India and is home to many education as well as science and technology institutions. The city has rich history and heritage. It was capital of Travancore kingdom.
Scenic beauty of this city makes it unique destination for adventure buffs alike and nature lovers. The city with its long stretches of palm fringed shorelines, pristine sandy beaches, historic monuments and breezy backwaters embraces all tourists. The city is also popular holy abode with number of temples famous for their excellent architecture and hence a booming pilgrim destination too. The beaches of city are best place for some calm and peace. The beaches here are well known for their serenity and cleanness. The city is host of many festivals as well as cultural international events.
Napier Museum, Trivandrum
Major tourist’s attraction
The Kanakakunnu palace is a reflection of intricate craftsmanship and magnificent architecture. It was built by kings of Travancore and stands as testimony to rich heritage of Travancore kingdom back in days. It was built to hold royal ceremonies and banquets. It retains its royal flavor and splendor.
The Napier museum was established in the year 1855. The architectural wonder is great of gothic style architecture. The minarets with the structure provide natural air conditioning to the entire structure. The museum houses rare collections of ancient ornaments, bronze idols, ivory carving and temple chariot. The zoological garden around the museum is the one of the oldest gardens In India.
Sri chitra art gallery has an explicit collection of rare paintings of Raja ravi Verma. It also displays paintings of Mughal and Rajput era. Tourists can see here Balinese and Tanjore paintings which are famous for their elegant & intricate stone work and with used of rich colors. These paintings are jewels of Indian art. It also displays international paintings of Chinese, Tibetan and Japanese art works.
Shanghumugham beach is famous for its long stretches of white sandy coastline. It is one of the cleanest beaches of western coast and best place to gate away from the hustle bustle city life. Its beautiful sunsets, calm environs and breezy shoreline are perfect ingredients to spend leisure evening. The sculpture of Jalakanvala is an added tourist’s delight here.
Neyyar dam is situated at a distance of 32 kilometers from Trivanduram. It is popular picnic spot because of scenic beauty and nearby wildlife sanctuary, establish for preservation of crocodiles. Added attraction of this place is cruise ride, lion and deer safari.
Sri Padamanabhaswamy temple is situated in the heart of city. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and famous for its Dravidian style of architecture. The deity of Padamanabhaswamy is enshrined in a reclining posture and deity of lord Vishnu has his consorts Bhudevi and Sridevi by his side.
Janardhanaswamy temple is situated at a distance of 25 kilometers from Trivanduram and dedicated to lord Vishnu. It is more than 2000 years old temple and famous for Arattu festival. The festival is celebrated with grand procession by caparisoned elephants, peacock fans and ornamental silk umbrellas. These things add color and excitement to the festivals.
Trivanduram experiences dry and humid climate for entire year. Winters are cool and calm with average 30 centigrade temperature. Summers are hot and humid and sometime temperature goes above 40 centigrade. Monsoons experience heavy rains.
Best time to visit the city is from October to February because of pleasant climatic conditions. This time is ideal for sightseeing and to enjoy water sports.
How to reach
By road – Trivanduram is capital city of Kerala and connected with all districts of Kerala by road. It is also well connected by daily bus services with cities like Coimbatore, Madurai and Chennai.
By rail – the city is important railway station of western coast of India and well connected with daily trains with every part of India.
By air – it is international airport and offer daily flights to domestic as well as international cities. Tourists can take flights from domestic cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Jaipur and many more. This city is connected by daily flights with international cities like Dubai, Singapore, Doha, London, Bangkok and many more.