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About Trivandrum :

Trivandrum the capital of the State of Kerala is a beautiful sea side city built on seven hills. Trivandrum the shorter from for  Thiruvananthapuram. (Thiruvananthapuram) means that abode of sacred serpent Ananta on which reclines God vishnu (also called Sri Padmanabha) to whom is also dedicated the Sri Padmanbhaswami Temple, known as Ananthasayanam in ancient days it has been a scred place of the Hindus. In 1750, it became the capital of Travancore state to Sri Padmanabha, when Raja Marthanda Varma shifted Royal seat from Padmanabhapuram to Trivandrum. To expite the sins of his many wars, the king dedicated the whole state to Sri Padmanabha.

The Kerala official language of the state is Malayalam but English too is widely spoken and understood.

Although many travelers may overlook Trivandrum on their way to the balmy beaches of Kovalum or the backwater of Alleppey., Kerala's state capital merits a closer look. Speckled with parks, places, monuments and museums, it is a good place to gain some insight into kerala's culture. Trivandrum had already been the capital of Travancore for two centuries when the city became the capital of Kerala in 1956, and today it retains trademark red-tiled, pagoda's roofed housesthat are common throughout the state. The city differetiates itself with its endlessly interwined streets, beautiful gardens, and a museum complex housing several exhibits of both master opuses and mysterious oddities. The city's Malayalum name refers to Anantha, the serpent that holds the reclining Lord Vishnu(Lord Padmanabha) in the Shree Padmanabha Swami Temple-- a major draw for Indian tourists. A welcome and edifying break from beach - hoping, Trivandrum is a good place to begin or end any South Indian trip.

How To Reach :

Airport: Trivandrum is an international airport. Airlines operates flights important cities.

Rail: Trivandrum is connected by Rail with many cities.

Road: Trivandrum is connected by Road with so many centersin India. Trivandrum 448 kms from Calicut, 223 kms from Cochin, 156 kms from Alleppy, 240 kms from Alweye, 538 kms from cannanore, 417 kms from Maduri, 73 kms from Quilon, 81 kms from Kottayam, 87 kms from Kanyakumari, 420 kms from Coimbatore.


Orientation :

The stress triangle over 74 Km of coastal hills, but is easy if you stick to the few main roads. The north-south MG Road dumps all its traffic onto museum Road, at the north end of town. To the south, MG Road cruises downhills to a hectic intersection with the city's other main drag, (Central) station Road. one hundred meters east on station Road from MG Road, the long distance KSRTC bus station is on the left, opposite the railway station. MG Road becomes overbridge when it heads south over the railway tracks to the east fort area. A great white gate marks the entrance to Shree Padmanabha Swamy Temple, opposite the local bus stand. behind the stand, Chalai Bazaar Road leads east through the bazaar.

 Sight Seeing In Trivandrum:
padmanabhaswamy-templeSri Anantha Padmanabha Awamy Temple: The ancient Temple is the most dominating the padma Theertham tank, the temple is devoted to lord Vishnu. The temple was rebuilt by Raja Marthanda Varma in 1733 AD This architecture piece of superb carftmanship, occupying a spacious 7 acre lands lies on the elevated part of the city. Surrounded by massive parkers with a tall 100 feet high 7 – storeyed tower of Pyramidal shape in faces the east and has a flight of board stone steps to reach the sannidhi. We enter the broad open oblong corridor supported by 323 pillars. Called the walk of the God’s procession. The pillars and the celling are fittingly beautiful with excellent scriptures. The grand 80 foot high circular golden flagstaff laying at the image of Garuda. There are seneral mini shrines dedecated to aborable gods and goddesses, Vyasa, Kshetrapala, Rama, Lakshmana, Sita, etc.
   
Nepier-MuseumNepier Museum: One of the most attractive structures in Trivandrum is the Napier Museum. It was in 1847 that the then Maharaja of Travancore, Major General Cullen the British Resident and Dr. J.A.Brown. F.R.S. organizing the Museum, was followed soon by laying out of a zoo and a garden around the Museum premisesin 1847, the original building that housed the Museum was pulled down and a new building was completed in 1880 called “the Napier Museum in commemoration of the Governorship of Lord Napier of the Madras State”.

A Colourful turreted edifice standing on the erest of the popular public gardens near the Observatory Hill.It has a good collection of brozer, Sculptures models and Zoological Spescimens. A300 Year old Temple car a cluster of Rare musical insturuments of various perods and Regions, vivid model of a nair Joint family Thadrwada House

   
Zoological-GardensSri Chitra Art Gallery: Situated in the Compound of the Museum. It house a rich and representative collection of paintings of the various Indian and East Asian Schools. The former includes a large collection of Raja Ravi Varma’s and Rourich paintings and copies of Kerala’s exquaisite murals paintings of the Rajput Mughal and Tanjore. The gallery also has a fine collection of miniature paintings from China, Japan, Tibet, Java and Bali.

Botanical And Zoological Gardens: Near Napier Museum. Established in 1850 AD. The Zoo contains a large collection of animals from India and broad.The sprawling Botanical gardens contains many exotic trees and anexcellent lake which forms a part of the Zoo.

   
ObservatoryObservatory: Situated on a hill facing Kanakakunnu palace. The observatory and the oriental manuscript library. The library has a large collection of ancient palam leaf manuscripts (70000 palam leaft) Established in 1837 AD.

Kowdiyar Palace: The palace is the residence of former Maharaja.

Kanakakunnu Palace: The palace is now government building.

Sankumukhan Beach: Located near the airport (Mascot Hotel). The water here however is not suitable for bathing.

Science-&-Technology-MuseumVeli Tourist Village: Situated near the Thiruvananthapuram airport will give the visitor a genral idea of the famous back waters of Kerala . Apart from the boat club at veli, there are a large number of institutions, Swimming, Rifle shooting and Cricket.

Children’s Museum:
Located at Thyland, Trivendrum Railway Station.

Science & Technology Museum: Located in the heart of the city (Near Mascot Hotel). The Museum exhibits scores of items highilighting science, technology and clectronics.










 Dance An Theater:

Margi: Follow MG Rd. south over the train tracks, turn right at the corner temple, and walk 10 min. into West Fort. When the street comes to a final "T", turn right. MARGI is behind Fort High School on your left- look for the big banyan tree. Look for the image of a dancer on the sign. This school at West Fort occasionally performs Kathakali Dance Drama and Kuttiyatam Theater (Keralan martial arts) in the evenings. Performances are free, but they are not regularly scheduled and often take place in local temples.
 

 Festivals:

The Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, 2km south of East Fort, holds the Festival of Attukal Pongala in late February or early March, corresponding to the day of Makom star. Thousands of women converge on Trivandrum during this time, each one setting up a miniature kitchen on the streets in the center of town. The women offer pongala, a sweet rice porridge, considered the center of town. The women offer pongala, a sweet rice porridge, considered the goddess's favorite food, which they cook in earthenware pots over sanctified fires from the temple. Men are permitted in the vicinity of the temple during the festival. Trivandrum's center is closed to traffic and takes on an uncharacteristically peaceful air as the smoke from thousands of cooling fires drifts up into the heavens. The Swati Music Festival (late Jan. - early Feb.) brings performances, takes place during the last week of February.
 

 
 
 
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