Thiruvananthapuram is a treasure trove of beaches, lakes, dams, forests, sanctuaries,
cultural & scientific centres, historical places, picnic spots
and other attractions.
Historic Napier Museum contains jewellery and carriages, etc of
royalty times. Famous for sculpture and carvings.Tel:0471 2318294.
One of the country's important wild life centres.Has varieties
of wild animals, birds,reptiles.The vast expanse of the artificial
lake is an added attraction.Tel:0471 2318294.
Sri Chithra Art Gallery
Contains famous paintings of Raja Ravi Varma,Roerich and Svetlor
besides paintings of Rajput,Mughal and Thanjavur style.Also has
reputed paintings from China,Japan,Tibet and Bali.Tel: 0471 2318294.
Within the zoo compound is the small Art Museum which has a good
collection of wood carvings metal sculptures, Kathakali figures,
and ancient jewellery. There is also a wonderful collection of traditional
Priyadarshini planetarium helps to view the wonders of the night
sky.Special children's theatre for study of stars and planets.Tel:
One of the oldest Vaishnava temples in the country.7- storeyed architectural
structure, consisting of Adi Dravidian granite sculptures and murals.
Veli tourist village and Akkulam Boat club are popular tourist destinations.The
former is 12 km away from the city and is the merging centre of
the backwater and the sea.The park and the floating bridge are attractions.Tel
: 0471 2500785.The latter, situated 9 km from the city, amidst the
vast expanse of the Akkulam backwaters, has very good boating facilities,
children's park, musical fountain, etc.Tel : 0471 2443043.
Kovalam and Shankhumukham The former, an internationally favoured
tourist spot, 16 km away from the city, covers an expanse of 3 coasts.The
silent waves and the lighthouse are specialities.Tel:0471 2480085.The
latter, 8 km from the city, is near the airport and houses the indoor
recreation club,children's traffic park, and the attractive star-shaped
Ponmudi, 61 km from the city and 915 m above sea level, is a trekker's
haven with plenty of springs,waterfalls and rare flora.Also houses
a deer park.Tel:0471 2890230.
Neyyar and Aruvikkara
Boating facilities across Neyyar reservoir , lion safari, deer park,
alligator park and the dam watch tower are the special features
of this picnic spot.Tel:0471 2272182 Aruvikkara is 16 km from the
city .The nearby tourist centre is an attraction.There is an ancient
Durga temple in the place.Tel:0471 2321132.
State's second tallest hill range and part of Sahayadri mountains,
this place is 1890 m above sea level and is blessed with nature's
prosperity,what with exotic varieties of medicinal herbs and rare
species of birds.Ideal trekking spot, 61 km from the city.Entry
by permission from Forest Dept only.Tel:0471 2360762.
Peppara Wild life Sanctuary
53 square km expanse of jungle situated in the Western Ghats , this
area is characterized by thick forest cover and mountains. Situated
at a distance of 50 km from the city, one can spot lions, wild elephants
and rare species of birds and reptiles. Tel:0471 2892344.
Situated at a distance of 14 km from the city, this treasure trove
of unique fishes and other exotic sea creatures is an ideal destination
for research studies.Tel:0471 2480224.
This ancient palace was the centre of the erstwhile Travancore Royal
Family and is built according to typical Travancore type architecture,
with murals and wood carvings.Situated near Thakkala on Kanyakumari
route, 54 km away from the city, this place is geographically located
in Tamil Nadu.