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KOVALAM BEACH

The stunning lighthouse, the undisturbed coastline and the palm-fringed shallow beach, all together make Kovalam a must-see destination. The artificial off-shore coral reef, the first of its kind in the country, attracts both elders and kids alike. Herbal massaging, swimming, catamaran cruising are a few other options available on the beach. With quite many authentic ayurvedic parlors around, medical tourism also flourishes here.

PADMANABHASWAMY TEMPLE

situated right in the heart of Thiruvananthapuram. The main deity is that of Lord Vishnu in eternal sleep posture on Anantha, the hooded serpent. The eighteen feet idol has to be viewed through three separate doors. he temple is known for its architectural marvel in stone and bronze as well. Brilliant mural sketches adorn the interiors. While moving around the temple, do not miss the famous corridor supported by three hundred sixty-five and a quarter pillars, all made of granite. You need to see it to believe the architectural splendor and craftsmanship that has gone into its making.

POOVAR

A rare meeting point of lake, river and sea, this serene village is situated to the south of River Neyyar. Poovar beach separates the river from the Arabian Sea and hence its geographical importance. The boat trip through the lagoon, enjoying the lush greenery on both sides, is an added attraction. The Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium, well-known for its unique Image Pearl production technique is located near Poovar. A visit to Vizhinjam, where the construction of the proposed International Deepwater Multipurpose Seaport is underway is also worth considering. To get a real glimpse of coastal life of Kerala, peep into Vizhinjam fish market area, just a few kilometers away from the tourist beach. Ardent lovers of seafood should not give it a miss.

PONMUDI

As the name ‘Ponmudi’ indicates, this hill resort is indeed a golden crown in Kerala’s tourism map. The site of the lush green environs as you drive up the hairpin bends isindeed refreshing. Streams, tea bushes, mountain flowers and big wild butterflies add beauty to the misty trekking trail. Ponmudi is a quickly developing spot for adventure tourism, with quite many cottages fast mushrooming in near vicinity.

SHANMUGHAM BEACH

A secluded beach, far away from the hassles of the city is what Shanghumukham has to offer. It is an ideal getaway destination with silvery white sand and calm sea. The gigantic statue of mermaid popularly called as ‘Jalakanyaka’ is the landmark of Shanghumugham beach.

NAPIER MUSIUM AND ZOO

Built during the colonial era, the museum has an extensive collection of rare artifacts, idols, ivory carvings and ornaments. The building is a blend of various native and foreign architectural styles. The well-maintained zoo houses quite many animals including a few rare species. The snake park in the zoo premises called the Anaconda House is also worth visiting. Kids are sure to have fun here. If on a cloudy spring day, the many peacocks caged here are sure to treat you with an unforgettable spectacle.

JATAYU NATURE PARK

Jatayu Nature Park is a rock-themed park which got opened on November 25, 2017. The primary attraction of the park, however, is the world's largest stone-cut bird sculpture replicating Jatayu, the mythical bird from Ramayana.It is located on the exact same hill where the demi-god Jatayu fell after being defeated by Ravana in a fight to save Sita from his clutches. the tourism centre boasts of 6D theatre, a digital audiovisual room, cable car and ayurvedic cave resort. It is also a home to umpteen adventure activities including paintball, laser tag, archery, bouldering, rock climbing, air-rifle shooting etc. Alongside being the major tourist attraction, the park also sets to provide rainwater harvesting and renewable energy sources to the localities. In fact, the electricity required for the project is also harnessed from solar power.

MEENMUTTI/KOMBAIKANI FALLS

Meenmutty falls is a picturesque spot located near the Neyyar Reservoir area. Ideal for trekkers, one needs to climb up about two kilometres through the dense Agasthyakoodam forests to reach the falls. Backpackers can trek further ahead to see the beautiful Kombaikani Falls that lie still upstream of the Meenmutty Falls. Nature is at its unspoiled best with minimal human intervention.

KANAKAKUNNU PALACE

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 premis. Kanakakunnu Palace is known for its commendable architecture, which comprises of a red facade, traditional roof patterns and lovely designs. Apart from its architectural beauty,

AGASTYAKOODAM

Also known as Agastya Mala Peak is the second highest peak in Kerala with an extensive height of 1868 metre. Nestled in Sahyadris of Western Ghats, the slopes of the peak are carpeted in purple hues of orchids. The spot is considered a haven for birdwatchers. The colossal peak is also a major Hindu pilgrimage spot for the devotees of the Hindu sage Agastya, on whose name the peak has been named. There is also a statue of him at the top where the Hindus can offer puja and prayers.

OBSERVATORY TRIVANDRUM

The observatory was a brainchild of Sri Swathi Tirunal, the Maharaja of Travancore who was an ardent follower of astronomy. 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.

SUNILS WAX MUSEUM

The wax museum is the brainchild of Sunil Kandalloor who is a wax sculptor himself and still creates the statues himself. Opened in 2005. 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. Photography at the museum is allowed and the museum is lately turning out to be one of the top tourist places in Trivandrum.

ATTUNGAL TEMPLE

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! Visiting the grand temple and praying to Attukal Devi has been attested by many as a life-changing experience. They say that the goddess blesses her devotees with progeny, heath, wealth and in all, a bountiful life.

SRI CHITRA ART GALLERY

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.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOOGY MUSEUM

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.

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