Places To Visit In trivandrum

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Here are the top 29 tourist attractions to see in Trivandrum:

1. Neyyar Dam & Wildlife Sanctuary

Must visit 3.4 /5

6 km
from city center
1 out of 29
places to visit in Trivandrum

Famous for its Lion and Deer Safari, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary is a treat for nature enthusiasts. The park houses a crocodile farm and elephant rehabilitation centre. Ask for a guided tour of the sanctuary which is quite informative.

2. Padmanabhaswamy Temple

4.2 /5 View 15+ photos

19 km
from city center
2 out of 29
places to visit in Trivandrum

One of the 108 Divya Desams, Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is located in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala. Embellished in gold-plated covering, the temple is opened only to Hindu followers. Dedicated to Lord Padmanabha; one of the avatars of Lord Vishnu, the Padmanabhaswamy Temple is one of the principal centres of Vaishnava worship in the dharma of Vaishnavism.

3. Poovar Island

Must visit 4.1 /5 View 6+ photos

21 km
from city center
3 out of 29
places to visit in Trivandrum

Poovar, a small coastal village along the natural harbour at Vizhinjam, is believed to have been the place called 'Ophir' where the ships of the biblical king Solomon had arrived. It was then an important center of trade for sandalwood, spices and timber.

4. Kanakakunnu Palace

Must visit 3.4 /5

18 km
from city center
4 out of 29
places to visit in Trivandrum

Close to the Napier Museum, the Kanakakunnu Palace was built under the rule of Travancore King. Today, the palace is host to plethora of cultural programs that are held on its premises.

5. Observatory

Must visit 4.1 /5

18 km
from city center
5 out of 29
places to visit in Trivandrum

Situated on a hill at an elevation of about 60 metres above sea level (the highest point in the city), this astronomical observatory offers exquisite views of the surroundings and the city as a whole. Beautiful roses can be found in the garden in front. It was built in 1837 and is part of the Department of Physics, University of Kerala today. It is fast developing as one of India's most important astronomical centres with modern facilities like an 11-inch telescope, CCD camera, sun workstations, image processing facility and partnership with national programs.

6. Agasthyakoodam

3.6 /5

20 km
from city center
6 out of 29
places to visit in Trivandrum

Perched at an altitude of 1,868 meters within the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Agastya Mala Peak is also called Agastyarkoodam. The peak features a life sized statue of Lord Agastya - a Hindu Sage. Trekking is the best way to scale the heights, and the end result is absolutely exhilarating.

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7. Zoological Park

3.1 /5

18 km
from city center
7 out of 29
places to visit in Trivandrum

Hailed as the oldest zoo in India, this The Zoological Park is famous for its various bird species brought from Ethiopia & Australia. Visitors can also take a boat ride in the lake while exploring the nature''s beauty.

8. Happy Land Water Theme Park

3.1 /5

27 km
from city center
8 out of 29
places to visit in Trivandrum

Happy Land Water Theme Park is quite popular among children as well as adults for its various kinds of adventurous water rides.

9. Napier Museum

3.1 /5

18 km
from city center
9 out of 29
places to visit in Trivandrum

Renowned for its fine collection of sculptures, paintings and musical instruments, the Napier Museum serves as a prime attraction of the city. Located right in the heart of the city, it is also an architectural marvel which was established around 150 years ago.

10. Chalai Bazaar

3.1 /5

18 km
from city center
10 out of 29
places to visit in Trivandrum

Chalai Bazaar is a typical old Indian market spread on a small stretch of 2 km connecting Killippalam and East Fort. It is famous for its collections of fruits and vegetables to gold and silver jewellery, electronics, furniture, paint and, hardware etc.

11. Karikkakom Chamundi Devi Temple

24 km
from city center
11 out of 29
places to visit in Trivandrum

Adding to the historical significance and cultural diversity of the little yet vibrant city of Karikkakom is the Karikkakom Sree Chamundi Devi Temple which is over 600 years old. This ancient temple is set in dense green environs with the tall lush palms enveloping it from all sides. The Karikkakom Devi Temple is a Hindu temple that enshrines Goddess Chamundi.

12. Sri Chitra Art Gallery

3.1 /5

18 km
from city center
12 out of 29
places to visit in Trivandrum

A perfect place for art lovers, Sri Chitra Art Gallery houses some of the famous work of Raja Ravi Verma. His western form and style of paintings depicting Indian lives are an attraction here. Other art objects belonging to the Mughals, Rajputs and Tanjore art schools can also be seen.

13. Science and Technology Museum

3.1 /5

19 km
from city center
13 out of 29
places to visit in Trivandrum

Known for its tech on display, the Science and Technology Museum was founded in 1984. The museum draws a huge number of visitors into its chambers, especially the science enthusiasts.

14. Magic Planet

28 km
from city center
14 out of 29
places to visit in Trivandrum

Renowned as the first magic park in the entire world, the Magic Planet is an absolute treat for the inquisitive child in us all. This mystical theme park aims at changing the perspective with which we look at magic- instead of looking at it as a mystery, the Magic Planet encourages us to put on our science glasses and look at the beautiful art of magic as a segment of pragmatic math and awe-inspiring science.

15. Shanghumukham Beach

3.1 /5

23 km
from city center
15 out of 29
places to visit in Trivandrum

One of the most popular beaches, Shanghumukham Beach is known for its pristine waters and soulful sunsets. It runs next to the Trivandrum airport and a must visit for those seeking tranquility.

16. Priyadarshini Planetarium

19 km
from city center
16 out of 29
places to visit in Trivandrum

Regarded as one of the best planetariums in the whole of South India, the Priyadarshini Planetarium should definitely top your list of places to visit in Trivandrum. This planetarium is India's first titled domed planetarium and has been doing an impeccable job at not only educating the people in the diverse subject of astronomy but also keeping them acquainted with the latest evolutions in the field.

17. CSI Christ Church

18 km
from city center
17 out of 29
places to visit in Trivandrum

Having added to the historical and architectural glory of Trivandrum for more than 19 decades, the CSI Christ Church is a beautiful gothic church that adorns the vibrant town of Palayam. If you are a history buff or a lover of architecture, this church should top your list of attractions to visit in Trivandrum.

18. Mall of Travancore

21 km
from city center
18 out of 29
places to visit in Trivandrum

Situated in Chackai, Eanchakkal in Trivandrum, Mall of Travancore is the first and the oldest mall in the city. It is also the first green mall mall of the country and boasts of three floors covering over 300 retail stores and outlets.

19. Kuthiramalika Palace

19 km
from city center
19 out of 29
places to visit in Trivandrum

Built in the 1840s by the great Maharaja Swathi Thirunal, the Kuthira Malika Palace stands as an iconic monument that gives you a curious insight into the glorious history of Kerala. 'Kuthira Malika' literally translates to ‘Mansion of horses’, and it has been named so because of the 122 horses that adorn the many pillars that support the southern roof of this majestic structure.

20. Attukal Temple

18 km
from city center
20 out of 29
places to visit in Trivandrum

The Attukal Bhagavathy Temple in Trivandrum is one of the most talked about temples of not just the south, but the entire country. Among the many reasons for its popularity, probably the most eye-catching one is that it received a Guinness World Book record when over 37 lakh women offered pongala at this temple at once, making it the destination of the largest gathering of women for a religious activity!

21. Aazhimala Siva Temple

19 km
from city center
21 out of 29
places to visit in Trivandrum

Aazhimala Siva Temple in Kazhivoor has been attracting a throng of ardent Shiva devotees as well as fascinated tourists for decades now. The Temple, as the name suggests, is devoted to the great Lord Shiva. Since Tuesday is considered to be an auspicious day by Shiva's devotees, every Tuesday, hoards of the Lord's disciples come to seek his blessings at this temple.

22. Veli Beach

26 km
from city center
22 out of 29
places to visit in Trivandrum

Veli Beach is situated just 10 kms from the city centre of Trivandrum and is one of the most maintained and touristy beaches of the city. The beach has a vast garden which has beautiful begetation, a play area for kids and various attractions.

23. Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple

19 km
from city center
23 out of 29
places to visit in Trivandrum

Being one of the most popular Ganesh temples of the south, the Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple holds a special place in the hearts of the locals and the ardent devotees of Lord Ganesh. The devotees who visit this temple are overcome with the tranquil calm and relentless peace of the magically pious atmosphere.

24. Shanghumugham Beach

23 km
from city center
24 out of 29
places to visit in Trivandrum

Shanghumugham Beach, or Shankumugham Beach is situated at a distance of 8 kms from Trivandrum and is one of the most popular beaches in the city. The beach also houses the giant 35 m long sculpture of a mermaid known as matsya kanyaka which is also the prime attraction at the beach.

25. Puthenthope Beach

32 km
from city center
25 out of 29
places to visit in Trivandrum

Puthenthope Beach is situated in Puthenthope, 15 kms away from Trivandrum. Graciously fringed with palm trees, the beach is popular for mesmerizing sunrise and sunset views. But it is comparatively less crowded than the other beaches of the city and is synonymous with peace and tranquility.

26. Akkulam Lake

24 km
from city center
26 out of 29
places to visit in Trivandrum

Akkulam Lake is situated in the Trivandrum of Kerala and is an extension of the Veli Lake. It merges with the sea in the end and makes for a popular picnic spot for the city folks.

27. Vellayani Lake, Trivandrum

15 km
from city center
27 out of 29
places to visit in Trivandrum

Also known as Vellayani Kayal, Vellayani Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Kerala, situated in the Trivandrum city. The water from the lake is mostly used for irrigation and drinking purposes and for harvesting lotus flowers.

28. Kallar

21 km
from city center
28 out of 29
places to visit in Trivandrum

Kallar is ideally, a scenic location of small, gorgeous and less polluted hamlets situated on the way from Ponmudi hill station to Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. In an offbeat track of 15 km away from Ponmudi, Kallar provides a perfect weekend getaway in the laps of nature.

29. Sunil's Wax Museum

29 out of 29
places to visit in Trivandrum

Located near the South Street of Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Trivandrum, Sunil’s Wax Museum is the very first wax museum of Kerala. Boating of 31 magnificent life- like statues of celebrities and famous personalities, the variety of models range from freedom fighters to soldiers, leaders, sportsmen, politicians, film stars and great kings. Some of the popular statues at the museum include those of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Great Maharaja of Travancore Sree Chitra Thirunal and Salman Khan etc.

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Day 1 - Start your vacation in Trivandrum by paying a visit to the famous Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, which is over 260 years old and houses a magnificent statue of Lord Padmanabhaswamy. Follow this up with an ‘all you can eat’ lunch buffet at the famous restaurant Ariya Nivas, known for its local Kerala cuisine. Next pay a visit to the Puthe Maliga Palace Museum, which is a testimony to the grandeur of the Travancore dynasty. End your day with dinner at the beautiful restaurant Villa Mallya, which offers both fantastic food and ambience, with either a courtyard garden seating or inside the Dutch mansion itself.

Day 2 - Devote the day to exploring Trivandrum’s beautiful Zoological gardens, which are said to have inspired the famous writer Yann Martel for his book Life of Pi. Also, pay a visit to the Shri Chitra Art Gallery and the Natural History Museum located in the zoological park complex. Grab a bite to eat at the quaint Cherries & Berries cafe which offers a wide range of continental food choices. Enjoy Trivandrum’s mellow nightlife with a glass of wine or some beer at the Purple Lounge in Hotel Safari.

Day 3 - Continue exploring slices of Trivandrum’s rich history with a visit to Kanakunna Palace, where you can often catch some local performances and places. Choose your picks among Napier Museum or the Museum of History and Heritage to further revel in paintings and other artefacts depicting the former glory days of Travancore. Devote some time to shopping expeditions in Connemara Market and MG Road to pick up some local souvenirs, traditional artefacts and spices.

How can I commute within Trivandrum?

All forms of public transport are easily available. You can also hire mo-bikes, scooters, bicycles and cars to tour the city.
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How much does a package cost for Trivandrum?

The packages for Trivandrum start at INR 5591 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What are the top restaurants in Trivandrum?

The best places to eat in Trivandrum are Indian Coffee House, Cherries & Berries, Tiffany's Restaurant, Ariya Nivaas, Regency Restaurant, Ananda Bhavan. You can see all the places to eat in Trivandrum here

What are the top sightseeing places in Trivandrum?

The top sightseeing places in Trivandrum are Neyyar Dam & Wildlife Sanctuary, Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Poovar Island, Kanakakunnu Palace, Observatory, Agasthyakoodam.
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