Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvanathapuram, Located at the South Western tip of the India, the Capital City of Kerala still remains its regal ambience with a number of colonial and traditional buildings. The City built at seven Hills, lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea. It has the blend of ethic and modern forms of Architecture. The Palaces of the Maharajas that ruled this princely state is still preserved in this traditional form.
  
Padmanabha Swamy Temple - Open: 0415 - 0515 hrs, 0695 - 0730 hrs, 0830 - I030hrse, 1130 - I195 hrs, 1713 - 1930 hrs.
 
The temple is located inside the East Fort. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple is a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture. It is known for its mural paintings and stone carvings. One among the 108 sacred Vishnu temples in India, the presiding deity in here is Lord Vishnu reclining on Anantha the Serpent. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple. Dress code: Men - Dhoti; Woman - Sari and blouse Ph:450233 
 
Kuthiramalika (Puthenmalika) Palace Museum - Open 0830 - 1230 hrs , 1530 - 1730 hrs. Close on Mondays.
 
Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma - the King of Travancore, who was a great poet, musician, social reformer and statesman, built the palace. This rare specimen of workmanship in the traditional Travancore style of architecture also has exquisite wood carvings. The palace museum displays paintings and various priceless collections of the royal family and is located near the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple. Phone: 473952 Entrance fee: Adults: Rs5 Children: Rs. 3 Foreigner: Rs. 20 Camera permit: Rs. 25
 
Museum Complex
 
The Napier Museum - Open 1000 - 1700 hrs. closed on Mondays and Wednesdays forenoons
 
Built in the l9th century, the Indo - Saracenic structure boasts a "natural" air conditioning system and houses a rare collection of archaeological and historic artifacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings. The use of plastic is banned in the museum premises. Ph: 316275 
 
Sree Chitra Art Gallery - Open 1000 - 1700 hrs. closed on Mondays and Wednesdays forenoons.
  
Located near the Napier Museum, this art gallery displays select paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlova and Nicholas Roerich and exquisite works from the Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools of art in India. The collection also includes paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali. Entrance fee (museum and Art Gallery): Adult: Rs. 5 Children: Rs 2
 
The Zoological Park - Open 1000 - 1700 hrs. closed on Mondays.
 
One of the first zoos in India, it is located in a well-planned botanical garden. With huge trees like frangipani and jacaranda dotting the sprawling lawns and wild fowl swimming in the Lake, it is like a small jungle in the heart of the city. A reptile house with different species of snakes is also located in the premises. Entrance fee: Adult: Rs 4 Children: Rs 2 Camera permit: Rs 5 
 
The Kanakakunnu Palace
 
The palace and its sprawling grounds are today the venue for many cultural meets and programs. Ph: 314615 

Science and Technology museum - Open 1000 - 1700 hrs. closed on Mondays.
 
The exhibits here are related to science, technology and electronics. Ph: 306024 Entrance fee:Adult: Rs. 2 Children: Re. 1 
 
Priyadarshini Planetarium
 
Show time: 1030, 1200, 1500 and 1700 hrs Entrance fee: Adults: Rs10 children (between 3 to 10 years): Rs.5 
 
Biotechnology Museum
 
Entrance fee: Adults: Rs Children: Rs. 2
 
Cha-cha Nehru Children's Museum - Open 1000 - 1700 hrs. closed on Mondays
 
Children of all age groups will enjoy the vast collection of nearly 2000 dolls, stamps and masks displayed here. 
 
Observatory
 
Located at the highest point in the city, near the Museum complex 60 meters above sea level, one can have a bird-'s eye view of the city from here. 
  
Secretariat
  
Built in the Roman architectural style, this is the centre of government administration in Kerala and houses the offices of ministers and the bureaucracy. 
 
Kerala Legislature Complex
 
Located at Palayam, this is the new building where the Legislative Assembly of Kerala meets. With its towering dome, exquisitely carved galleries, ornate teak paneling and ceiling, combined with the most modern acoustic treatment and state-of-the-art sound systems, the hall is a beautiful blend of classical grandeur and modernity. 
 
Shankhumugham Beach
 
Just 8 km from the city, this is a favorite haunt of sunset watchers. The beach is adjacent to the Thiruvananthapuram Airport and Veli Tourist Village. An indoor recreation club, the matsya kanyaka (a gigantic, 35 m long sculpture of a mermaid) and a restaurant shaped like a starfish are some of the attractions here. Cha-cha Nehru Traffic Training Park here provides opportunity for children to learn the traffic rules.

Veli Tourist Village - Open 0800 - 1800 hrs.
 
This picnic spot, where the Veli Lake meets the Arabian Sea, offers boating facilities. Pedal boats and paddleboats can be hired to explore the charms of the lagoon in a leisurely manner. For a quick ride over the waters, speedboats are available for hire. Children enjoy climbing over the huge sculptures which dot the landscape. Ph: 500785 Boat rental (1000 - 1730 hrs): Safari boat: Rs. 10 per head Speedboat: Rs. 120 Pedal boat: 4 seater - Rs. 50 for half an hour; 2 seater Rs 40 for half an hour.

Akkulam Tourist Village - Open 1000 - 1700 hrs.
 
A picnic spot with boating facilities, Akkulam is a place children flock to. It has a well-equipped children's park and a paddle pool. There is a swimming pool for adults too. Ph: 443043 Boat rental: (Open 1000 - 1700 hrs) Safari boat: Rs. 15 per head Speedboat: Rs. 150 for four persons Entrance: Children's park (Open 0930 - 1930 hrs): Adults: Rs. 2; Children: Re. 1 Swimming pool (Open 0730 - 1830 hrs): Adults: Rs. 15; Children: Rs. 10.

Ponmudi
 
Ponmudi an idyllic resort with narrow winding path ways and cool green wooded environment is located 915 meters of above sea level. It is famous for the beautiful mountain flowers, exotic butterflies, small rivulets and springs. The hill station has excellent trekking trails. Ponmudi which means golden crown was named so because of the golden glow cast over its crest by the evening sun.

Kazhakoottam
 
Kazhakoottam, Located 15kms North of the capital city lies Kazhakkoottam, the land of scenic beauty and greenery. There are many myths behind Kazhkoottam, a small village near the coastal belt, getting its name. One legend says that Kazhakoottam has borrowed its name from Kalakkodu Maharishi who had enshrined the deity, Lord Shiva at Sri Mahadeva Temple. Others say that the many "Kazhakams" in this area are responsible for this name.