The Southernmost district of the state, Thiruvananthapuram is bounded by wooded highlands of the Western Ghats on the east and northeast and the Arabian sea on the west. Along Shoreline with secluded internationally renowned beaches, historic monuments, backwater stretches and a rich cultural heritage give this district some of the most enchanting picnic spots.
The main backwater areas of Thiruvananthapuram are Thiruvallam, Veli Tourist village, Akkulam Boat Club.
This serene backwater stretch, en route to Kovalam, is famous for its canoe rides. Thiruvallam is the meeting point of two rivers - Killi and Karamana. A temple dedicated to Parashurama, the legendary founder of Kerala, is located here.
The Veli Tourist Village is sandwiched between the Veli lagoon and the Arabian Sea. The lagoon here is separated from the sea by a narrow sandbar. Facilities at the village include water sports in the lagoon and an 18-acre waterfront park with a floating bridge that connects the village to the beach. Open 1000 - 1700 hrs.
This is a very popular picnic spot with boating facilities on the lake and a children's park with a swimming pool.(Open 10:00 - 17:00 hrs)
Named after Lord Napier, the Governor of Madras from 1866-1872, the museum is an architectural masterpiece designed by Robert Chisholm. The museum contains a rare collection of archaeological and historic artifacts, ancient ornaments, bronze idols, a temple chariot and ivory carvings. Inside the museum is the Sree Chitra Art Gallery which contains the work of Raja Ravi Varma and Nicholas Roerich and the famous Trivandrum Zoo which covers over a land of 55 acres and with one of the oldest zoological gardens in India.
Situated on the Western side of Thiruvananthapuram, Shankumugham beach is very close to the Trivandrum International Airport. It is one of the biggest tourist attractions of Thiruvananthapuram. The sculpture of Sagarakanyaka (Mermaid) by Kanayi Kunhiraman is an added attraction to this place, and so is the Veli Tourist Village which offers speed boats, restaurants and well landscaped gardens to the visitors.
Situated near the Kovalam Beach, Vizhinjam Lighthouse started functioning on 30th June 1972. It is the first lighthouse in this location and Vizhinjam used to be a busy seaport during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.