Trivandrum Tourist Attractions
Thiruvananthapuram, also called Trivandrum, is an ancient city whose name means 'the city of the sacred serpent'. The capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram is a beautiful seaside city built over seven hills.Thiruvananthapuram and its beaches are a top tourist attraction and the well- connected transportation system is very helpful in getting travelers to their destinations by air, rail and road.The city of Trivandrum is a mix of modern and traditional architecture, which is visible in the Legislative Assembly, the Museum Complex, the temples and Palace. The narrow winding lanes allow visitors to take in the ambience of old Kerala through the pagoda-style buildings and red-tiled roofs.The best time to visit Thiruvananthapuram is during September to May.
Kuthiramalika Palace Museum
Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma built the Kuthiramalika Palace over 200 years ago. The name Kuthiramalika means 'palace of horses' and is derived from the frieze of 122 wooden horses on the exterior walls.Kuthiramalika Palace was constructed with teak, rosewood, granite and marble. Elaborate carvings within the palace include two thrones - one is made entirely from elephant tusks and the other from Bohemian crystal. Kuthiramalika Palace houses the Maharaja's music room where visitors have a good view of the temple, which was a source of inspiration for the ruler. Other rooms offered on the tour include other music halls, reading rooms, and a library,Noted for the Keralan architecture, the palace took 5,000 workers over 4 years to complete. The interior of Kuthiramalika features European mirrors and chandeliers, weapons, crystal, Kathakali idols, elephant howdahs and other memorabilia.
Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum is 260 years old and officially open to Hindus only but tourists can request permission a visit to see the murals, sculptures and carved pillars.Rebuilt in 1733, Padmanabhaswamy Temple is a Dravidian style building dedicated to Lord Vishnu one of the most revered and powerful Hindu deities. The idol of the deity lies in the main sanctum of Padmanabhaswamy.The intricate carvings on the 365 pillars of the temple, and the lovely murals and frescoes on the walls and ceilings are not to be missed.Padmanabhaswamy Temple overlooks the Padma Theeram Tank where devotees take ritual baths. The seven-story gatehouse is located behind the temple tank.
Veli Tourist Park
Veli Tourist Park is a waterfront park that has become a popular tourist destination. A narrow sandbar separates the lagoon from the sea; powerboats, pedal boats or rowboats can be used in the lagoon. The main attraction at Veli is the water, which is a delight for tourists and locals.A floating bridge and a floating restaurant are two notable attractions within Veli Tourist Park. There is a tiny lake within the park that is suited to younger children with sturdy boats and miniature paddles.An open-air theater features cultural performances and an annual arts festival.The grounds of Veli Tourist Park are dotted with interesting sculptures designed by the well-known local sculptor Kanai Kunjiraman.