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Best Tourist Places in Trivandrum – A Perfect Occasion Destination

Trivandrum, is a perfect destination for visitors in India, due to its sandy shorelines,  pleasant shorelines and a rich social legacy. This spot, which is otherwise called Thiruvananthapuram is a city that is an immaculate mix of appealing scenery and fascinating history and society. Make sure you visit tourist places like  Napier Museum, Attukal Temple, Kowdiar Palace, Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, Vellayani Lake, Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium, and many more, making Trivandam a perfect occasion destination. Look at the rundown of a portion of the best tourist places to visit in Trivandrum.

1. Kuthiramalika (Puthenmalika) Palace Museum

Kuthiramalika Palace Museum, located adjacent to Padmanabhaswamy Temple, was built by Maharaja Swathi Balarama Varma, this palace displays valuable collections of the royal family. Besides the rich collection, this museum is an exemplary example of traditional Travancore-style architecture. Intricate wood carvings and distinctive patterns constitute a masterpiece of its kinds. The two royal thrones; one manufactured of Bohemian crystals, embossed with an emblem of ‘Conch’ on the backrest and the other made of ivory are the prime attractions of the museum. Marble-made idols and sculptures, musical instruments and the alcove used by Swami Thirunal have also been kept in the showcase. It remains open for visitors from 8.30 AM to 1.00 PM and 3.00 PM to 5.30 PM. Monday is the day that it seeks rest from all week-long visits. The best time to visit Kuthiramalika is January. 

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2. Padmanabhapuram Palace

Padmanabhapuram Palace is located 64 km from Thiruvananthapuram in Thuckalay. This 16th-century palace quenches the thirst of art lovers. The rosewood carved ceilings and a fine collection of paintings makes it one of the best specimens of Kerala. This palace displays antique furniture and Chinese carvings. Pictures of Lord Krishna, lanterns, mural paintings add grace to the place. 

3. Napier Museum

Napier museum Tourist Places in Trivandrum
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Named after Lord Napier, this art and history museum was established in 1855. An exemplary example of gothic architecture-style. The great contribution made by Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools of art along with the skilful work by several Chinese, Japanese and Tibetan artists can be found here. The Japanese leather figures depicting the epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana catches the eyes of tourists. Situated in the Museum compound, the ground floor of this place houses India’s oldest zoological garden. The gallery contains epic works from Raja Ravi Varma and Nicholas Roerich. Amid a well laid out garden, the zoological park houses a lake and boat club. The park offers an excellent day outing for children and adults alike. It boasts of 75 different species of animals and birds. It is also a home to the Lion-tailed Macaque, Nilgiri Tahr, Manipur deer, Indian Rhino, and the Royal Bengal Tiger. There is prominent fauna found here.

4. The Kanakakunnu Palace

Kanakakkunnu Palace Tourist Places in Trivandrum
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The Kanakakunnu Palace is Neighbour to the famous Napier Museum, an embodiment of excellent craftsmanship and architecture. This palace built by Sree Moolan Thirunal is the pride of the state of Kerala. Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH)  named this palace as the heritage monument and at present, the palace plays host for many cultural programs. Swathi Thirunal, a popular ruler of his time, constructed tennis courts in the premises of the palace. The beautiful structure is a living testimony of the lifestyle of royals in Kerala. It is one of the most visited tourist places in Trivandrum due to its picturesque backdrop of small yet lush hills and verdant meadows.  If you plan a visit, make sure you catch up with Nishagandhi festival, the All India Dance Festival hosted annually here. 

5. Priyadarshini Space Planetarium

Ranked among the most versatile planetariums in India, the Priyadarshini Space Planetarium was opened to the public in 1994. It is fitted with advanced equipment that allows the projection of all the constituents of the universe. This planetarium imparts valuable knowledge about earth and the enormous universe that we all are part of. The museum is situated in the campus of Kerala State Science and Technology Museum. Blessed with a unique blend of architecture. Astronomical phenomena are projected with the help of ocular devices. One of the major shows held here is ‘The Man and the Universe’, displaying evolving stages of astronomy, constitution of planets and finally the origin of the Universe. 

6. Vizhinjam RockCut Cave

Vizhinjam cave temple Tourist Places in Trivandrum
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Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave, 8th-century rock-cut sculpture is single-celled and houses the deity of Vinadhara Dakshinamurti. The outer wall of the shrine is replete with images of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. There is also an unfinished sculpture of Lord Shiva, in which he is shown dancing and holding a bow. Another significant temple in the proximity of Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple is the Bhagavathy Temple. This holy shrine dates back to the 9th and 10th century AD.  

7. Thiruvananthapuram Zoo

Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, one of the oldest terrariums in the country which was established as a supplement to the Napier Museum in the year 1857 by the former Maharaja of Travancore. The zoo is home to 35 species of animals, 28 species of birds and 17 kinds of reptiles. The zoo also houses botanical gardens with more than 200 species of trees, thousands of beautiful plants, orchids and snake farms.

8. Attukal Bhagavathy Temple

Attukal Bhagavathy Amman Temple is one of the popular shrines in south Kerala, located in Trivandrum city. It is the point where millions of women yearly gather together for the famous Attukal Pongala Festival held in the month of February and March. The principal god of the Attukal Bhagavathy Temple is Attukal Devi or Attukal Bhagavathy. She is deemed to be a manifestation of Goddess Parvathi and is portrayed to have four arms bearing a spear, a sword, a skull and a shield. Besides the deity of Attukal Bhagavathy, there are also statues of Goddess Kali, Lord Shiva, and Lord Ganesha. 

9. Vizhinjam Lighthouse

vizhinjam beach Tourist Places in Trivandrum
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Vizhinjam LightHouse is situated on the Kurumsal hilltop, just 10 km away from Thiruvananthapuram. The lighthouse was constructed in 1925, the 36 m high masonry tower is at an elevation of 57 m from sea level. From the top, one can witness the stunning views of the Arabian Sea. The sunset over the skyline with the lighthouse as a background is a stunning sight. The light is switched on at 5:30 pm and switched off at 6:00 am. Vizhinjam beach encompassing the lighthouse is a piece of the popular Kovalam beach. There are also many tiny eateries close to the beach.

10. Magic Planet

Magic Planet, a magic-themed park located at the Kinfra Film and Video Park is the planet’s first magic house, This unmatched and innovative facility was designed to torch Science and elixir the magic of the young generation, dedicated entirely to the improvement of India’s street magicians. 

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