Kerala God’s Own Country – Welcome To Kerala
Trivandrum the State Capital of Kerala is famous for its historical temples, museum and a long shore line, with internationally renowned beaches, backwater stretches, and a rich cultural heritage.
PLACES TO SEE
Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple
Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple is a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian styles of sculpture and architecture. The temple pond and the traditional Kerala style buildings surrounding the temple are the other interesting attractions.
Shree Chitra Art Gallery
This art gallery display 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.
( Open 1000- 1700 hrs daily except on Mondays and Wednesday forenoons. )
The Zoological Park
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. It houses some of the rare wildlife.
(Open 1000 – 1700 hrs – closed on Mondays)
The Indo-Saracenic structure dating back to the 19 century boasts of a “natural ” air conditioning system, houses a rare collection of archaeological and historical artifacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings.
(Open 1000-1700 hrs daily except on Mondays and Wednesday forenoons.)
Adjacent to Trivandrum airport this beach is a favorite haunt of sunset watchers. Daytime you can see fishermen trying to pull out long fishing nets from the sea. The other attraction of this area is the 35-m long sculpture of mermaid and a restaurant shaped like a starfish.
Veli Tourist Village
This is the point where the Veli Lake meets the Arabian Sea. Speedboats and Pedal boats are available here to explore the charm of the lagoon in leisurely manner.
( Open 1000 hrs to 1700 hrs. )