Trivandrum is the capital city of the southern state of Kerala and is unique in many ways. Though it is the state capital, it is far removed from the vexatious aura accompanying most large cities. Sprawling over seven undulating hills, Trivandrum has so many points of interest to offer its indigenes as well as visitors. 

There is a quaint yet urban feel to this evergreen city with its cultural highlights, historical monuments, religious shrines, and of course, its glorious beaches! There is so much to do here that a visitor could easily feel out of their element. Some of the best points of interest here include the following:

Kuthira Mallika Palace Museum

This is a rare display of original Kerala-style architecture with extensive wooden carvings that leave you spellbound. Built by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma, the palace museum displays priceless collections of the royal family.

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Famous as the richest temple in the world, it’s built-in an inspiring blend of the Kerala and Dravidian-styles of architecture. It is resplendent with beautiful granite sculptures and mural paintings. 

Napier Museum and Zoo Complex

Built during the colonial era, the Napier museum houses an excellent collection of bronze and ivory carvings, coin collections and ancient musical instruments. The Sri Chitra Art Gallery within the complex houses many original paintings of Raja Ravi Varma. Aside from a botanical garden and a huge Museum of Natural History, you will also find a sprawling verdant green zoo. 

Ponmudi Hill

A breathtakingly beautiful hill station close to the city, Ponmudi is also known as the ‘Golden Peak’. It’s home to scenic waterfalls and springs, exotic birds and butterflies and offers excellent trekking opportunities.

Veli Tourist Village

A popular spot for family outings, it’s located at the point where the Veli Lake meets the Arabia Ocean. Facilities include different types of boat rides, 2 children’s parks, huge sculptures, flower gardens, Veli beach, horse rides, etc.

Shanghamugam Beach

This is a popular evening hangout location for the city’s indigenes, offering a long stretch of beach and beach-related activities, a children’s park, and a picnic area.

Kovalam Beach

It is one of the most celebrated beaches in the country and well-known as an international tourist hotspot. There is a functional lighthouse here and a plethora of restaurants, hotels, and shops lining the promenade.

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