Want to get away to a land with amazing beaches, spectacular lakes, quaint hills, historical heritage and high religious values? One word it is – Trivandrum! Unlike other capital cities of India, Trivandrum has maintained its serenity yet undergone urbanization smoothly. The moderate climate attracts tourists from all round the globe throughout the year.
Here’s a list of some of the best places to visit in Trivandrum. No more confusion about what to see in Trivandrum. Just keep reading!
Kovalam Beaches takes the first place on the list and the reason is quite evident. The beautiful beaches of Kovalam –Hawa Beach, Samudra Beach and lighthouse beach (Kovalam Beach) need no introduction when it comes to Trivandrum’s tourist places that offer peace and adventure at the same time. Situated 13 kilometers from the hustle and bustle of the city, Kovalam beach is equal to a treasure box full of adventures starting from para-sailing andwind surfing to diving.
If you are not too much into adventure, just enjoy gazing at the spectacular sunrise and sunset. The crystal sand and sparkling waters bring out the best of natural beauty.
Best time to visit: March and September, monsoons offer great experience of ayurvedic treatments and therapies.
Things to do: Para sailing, diving, swimming, Ayurveda massage, therapies and treatments.
The name “Thiruvananthapuram” is after the famous Padmanabhaswamy Temple, built right in the center of the city.Lord Vishnu is the main deity worshipped in the Temple. An 18-feet tall idol of the Lord posed in eternal sleep on the hooded serpent, Anantha is viewed from three different gates and the sight is just amazing. The best part about the temple is its architectural miracle in bronze and stone. The interiors are adorned with fantastic mural sketches and the corridor supports an exciting fact for the tourists – It is supported by 365 and a quarter granite pillars. This is truly an evidence of marvelous craftsmanship and architectural knowledge invested in its construction.
Best time to visit:The temple is open for the devotees all year round.You can book cheap flights to Trivandrum anytime suitable for you.
Things to do: Visit the Kuthiramalika Palace closely located to the temple. The wooden carvings, artistic paintings and the idols, armory, sculpture and jewellery owned by Travancore Kings is worth exploring.
To your surprise, there are plenty of beautiful places to visit near Trivandrum and Poovar Island is just one of such places. The secluded island is 35 kilometers from the city and only 20 kilometers from Kovalam. The island is located in River Neyyar, flowing to the Arabian Sea from Agastyakoodam hills. There’s anuninterrupted access through boats to the Poovar beach, starting from where the backwaters end. Locals and foreign tourist indulge in Yoga, relaxation and meditation by the beach.
Best time to visit: Throughout the year except the months of monsoon (June, July and August)
Things to do: A peaceful walk along the Poovar beach, swimming, Visit Poovar Island Backwaters, experience backwater canal cruise and enjoy bird watching from Kingfisher, Sea Egret to Brahminy Kite and Indian Cormorant Eagle.
You might not know but Kerela is a place in South India having the most travelled hill station in the area, Ponmudi.Situated 52 kilometers away from Trivandrum, this amazing hill station renders a perfect scenic view, varieties of orchids blossoming across the landscape and green tea plantations. The hills of Ponmudi are laden with coffee, rubber, cardamom farms worth paying a visit.
Best time to visit:October to March
Things to do: Trek through the forests of Wayanad to see the MeenmuttyFalls, Visit the Deer Park and Agastyamalai Biosphere Reserve.
Neyyar Dam and Wildlife Sanctuary
Sightseeing in Trivandrum can never be complete without visiting the Neyyar Dam and Wildlife Sanctuary. Located only 35 Kilometers from Trivandrum city, Neyyar dam is considered as one of the most popular picnic spots for its beautiful lush green surroundings.The Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary situated close to the dam covers an area of around 12000 hectares. It is among the most known wildlife reserves in Trivandrum since its establishment in 1958.
The wildlife reserve is known for its rich flora, fauna. While on a tour to the wildlife sanctuary, you will spot different species of animals from the barking deer, Nilgiri Langue, Nilgiritahr to Bonner Macaque, Sloth Bear and some reptiles like flying snake, King Cobra, viper, Travancore tortoise and python.
Best time to Visit: Throughout the summer season
Things to do:Visit the Lion Safari Park, Deer and Crocodile park, Go trekking to Agasthya peak, enjoy boat cruise, crocodile watching, wildlife safari and indulge into some more interesting activities like bird watching, visiting medicinal garden, etc.
Note down these names in your travel diary while you make the final plans of the places to visit in Trivandrum. Trust us, the city won’t disappoint you.