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A world of astounding beaches, fine cuisines, radiant backwaters, electrifying festivals and a dynamic culture, Kerala is truly a reflection of God's Own Country. It is a destination that is embellished with all the fundamentals required to make your Kerala tourism package an extraordinary one. Thiruvananthapuram is easily one of the richest cities in the country in terms of places with historical relevance.

As the seat of power of ancient Travancore, the areas of the city and adjacent are full of historical monuments, palaces, fort, museums and ancestral temples. Apart from the popular tourist spots such as the Napier Museum, Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Sivagiri and Padmanabhapuram Palace, there are a number of lesser-known palaces, temples and monuments that can offer tourists interesting ideas about the history of Travancore.

The Koyikkal palace with its numismatic museum and folklore (about 18 km from Thiruvananthapuram) and the 2000 year old Janardanaswamy Temple in Varkala are some of those spots. 20 km south of Varkala, is Anchuthengu Fort or Anjengo Fort, another interesting point of historical relevance sandwiched between the sea and backwaters.

Out of many offbeat places in Kerala that throngs with tourists all year long, the cities of Thiruvananthapuram and Cochin are replete with all the natural and man-made wonders one could possibly imagine. There are many aspects that will make your trip memorable for a lifetime and we have listed down the best things to experience on a sightseeing expedition in these cities.

tourist places to visit in trivandrum

Places to Visit near Trivandrum

1. Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary

There can be nothing more thrilling than to be close to nature and inhale its beauty. Visit to the Neyyar wildlife sanctuary is a must to explore 12,000 hectares of natural vegetation. It is a picturesque picnic spot for friends and families and boasts of a stunning Watch Tower, a Deer Park, a Crocodile Rehabilitation centre and much more. You should undertake Lion Safaris in Kerala and explore the family places to visit in Kerala.

2. Varkala beach

Another coastal city that absolutely must visit. Located in Thiruvananthapuram, this is possibly the only place in South Kerala, which houses a perfect mix of hills and sea. The cliffs are adjacent to the Arabian Sea! Kovalam has gone a long way from being a sleepy fishing village to being one of the best surfing destinations in India.

3. Kovalam

Beaches in the city, including Kovalam and Shankhumukham are the best places to hang out in the afternoons. Best known for its three crescent-shaped beaches, Kovalam still retains some of its relaxed culture with days that start rather late and activities that continue into the night. Kovalam seems to have something for everyone. A dip or a surf lesson, an herbal body massage or a cultural program - choose your selection and everything is there.

4. Thenmala

If you have hiking in Kerala in your mind, Thenmala Ecotourism Park in Kollam can be an ideal place. Thenmala is the first ecotourism destination planned in India and yet not many know this beautiful destination in India. One of the main attractions of Thenmala is the Thenmala dam, which offers a magnificent view of the place.

The destination promises to give you a little nature, wildlife, leisure, entertainment and adventure, all in one place! The park offers even several opportunities to practice adventure sports for children, in addition to providing a scenic spot for hiking or even picnicking.The scenic mountain station of Ponmudi (Golden Valley) just outside the capital offers another beautiful spot hiking for nature lovers.

The hill station and the entire trail from the foot of the hills have numerous small picnic spots and waterfalls, not to mention the private tea plantations. Neyyar Dam and Natural Sanctuary (32 km from the city), Veli Tourist Village (8 km from the city),

5. Ponmudi

As notable tourist attractions in Ponmudi we can highlight the Peppara Wild Sanctuary, and various trekking points. Travelers can find a deer park and stone and wood cabins. About one and a half kilometers from the mountain station are the Ponmudi Falls. The Sanctuary, located on the outskirts of Ponmudi, has a wide variety of wild animals such as the Asian elephant, leopards, lion-tailed macaques. It is ideal for those who are looking for an offbeat destination. It has year-round rivulets and waterfalls.

6. Kollam

The neighboring district of Kollam also has a number of tourist places of historical relevance. About 27 km from Kollam is Munroe Island, famous for its Stone Age tools and megaliths. In Kollam is Thangasseri (about 5 km from the city) with its forts and the Portuguese churches. The 144 feet lighthouse, built by the British, is one of the biggest attractions here.

Located in the Kollam district, nearby places to visit when in Palaruvi waterfalls are Thenmala Dam and Shenduruny wildlife sanctuary.

The Jatayu Rock in Chadayamangalam is another interesting place that has now become an ecotourism place. The Malanada Duryodhana temple, a unique place of worship dedicated to Duryodhana, the antagonist of the Mahabharata, is situated around 27 km from the picturesque Aryankadavu. The bustling fishing port Neendakara, located around eight kilometers from the city of Kollam, is also an interesting place.

Things To Do in Trivandrum

7. Ayurvedic Massage in Trivandrum

Kerala is the land of Ayurveda where you can get a traditional oil massage at one of the many Ayurvedic massage centers and spas. The Ayurveda massages not only enhance your outer beauty, but they also cure various illnesses besides giving your mind relaxation and peace.

Take a break from the beach and head to the many shopping complexes and an Ayurvedic health center that abounds in the beach town or head out to sea in a kayak or on a surfboard, the choice is yours!

8. Shopping at the Chalai Market

In contrast to the quaint streets of Trivandrum is this busy and bustling marketplace that is famous for its unending range of products. The Chalai market is set in the heart of the city. You can shop for bargains and be ensured on the availability of almost all products ranging from spices to clothes, footwear, home appliances, antiques and also furniture. It makes for a good experience to breathe in the local atmosphere.

9. Visiting the Museums

If culture and history are what excites you, the museums in this town are just the place for you. Visit the Napier Museum or the Natural History Museum that are located in the central part of the city and are easily accessible. These museums showcase a glimpse of Kerala's rich cultural heritage. They are also home to some rare and unusual collection of archaeological and historical artefacts.

To get an idea in the history of space exploration of the country you can visit the Space Museum, at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Center, which is open Monday through Saturday.

10. Engaging with AMAS

The Academy for Mountaineering and Adventure Sports in Trivandrum is a haven for all adventure junkies to pump up their adrenaline. The AMAS offers the opportunity to engage in many adventurous activities such as rafting, paragliding, scuba diving, bungee jumping and other air activities as well. They also run various training camps and have state-of-the-art equipments for all kinds of adventure sports.

11. Visiting the Famous Temples

Temples in Kerala have been of prime significance in the history and culture of India. The architecture and structuring of some temples are so splendid that it is talked about and appraised globally. Majority of the temples are a fusion of the great Keralite and Dravidian cultures from ancient India. The must-visit temples in Trivandrum include the Padmanabhaswamy Temple and the Karikkakom Chamundi Devi Temple.

Where else will you get such serenity to behold? Get going and enjoy everything that Kerala tourism has to offer.
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  1. this sounds like an awesome place to visit! i love all your tips for all the different spots. so much great info.

  2. SO many awesome things to do Trivandrum. I love that a lot of them are nature based. Those are def my style of activities

  3. There are so many things to do in Trivandrum such as shopping, massage, visiting temples and museums. These are the things I love to do when I travel, especially visiting the temples to capture good photos.

  4. Trivandrum sounds like an amazing place for many adventures for one to have! I would love to visit the Temples one day.

  5. Those are a lot of fantastic sounding places to see as a Tourist. I am always looking for things less off the beaten path.

  6. We are planning to visit Trivandrum soon and I will consider these places.

  7. Both the wildlife sanctuary and the waterfalls sound like places I would love to visit. I will definitely check them out if I ever visit Trivandrum

  8. Trivandrum sounds like a wonderful place to visit when in Kerala. I would definitely like to enjoy a traditional Ayurveda massage but also to visit the temples.

  9. Haven't heard of Trivandrum but it sounds like it has a diverse mix of cool things to do! I'll look into it some more for sure!

  10. Wow, I've never heard of this place before. Sounds like a great tourist destination. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Love the list and sounds like a nice place to visit.

  12. All these place sound breathtaking, I'll definitely add a few to my bucket list. Thanks for sharing

  13. It definitely seems worth it to me! What a beautiful place it is! I’d love to visit someday in the future, perhaps when my children are a little older.

  14. Oh wow! I’m not sure I could ever leave that place. it is absolutely one of the beautiful place I’ve ever seen.

  15. These all sound like great places to explore. It is nice to have so many options when it comes to visiting a destination.


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