Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) is a beautiful urban center situated at the southern edge of Kerala. The idyllic beaches and the rich heritage of the city makes it a favorite place to vacation. Named after Anantha Padmanabha or Lord Vishnu, the urban center is home to many ancient synagogues. Foreign tourists flock to Thiruvananthapuram, a destination for chartered flights to India for Medical tourism, as there are more than hundred recognized Ayurveda centers in and close to the metropolis.as there are more than hundred recognised Ayurveda centres in and around the city. Although the capital city of the state of Kerala, Tiruvandrum is free from the usual clutter and clamor that one usually associates with the capital city of the state.
How to Reach
- In Trivandrum, there is an International airport. Many national and international flights of various airlines are available to various major cities in India and also in other countries from this airport. Several major cities in India such as Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Kochi and many more are very well connected to Trivandrum.
- The Railway station in Trivandrum is one of the biggest and most important railway stations in the country of India. Various parts of Kerala and also different parts of South India are well-connected with Trivandrum through rail.
- Along with the railways and the airways, the roadways are also developed and add to the usefulness of the transport system of the city of Trivandrum. Major cities such as Kochi, Alleppey, Kumarakom in the state of Kerala are well connected with the city of Trivandrum through roadways. Getting to Trivandrum from s ome other cities in the southern part of India such as Chennai, Bangalore is also easily accessible through the roadways.
Agasthyakoodam is a prominent peak in the Sahyadri ranges of the western Ghat next to Anamudi.It is about 1869 metres above sea level. It can be approached on foot from Bonacaud which is 61 kms away from Thiruvananthapuram. The forest Department issues special pass for the entry with some conditions. Tradition says that the great sage Agasthya had his ‘Tapas’ there. In the period of British rule, there was a friction between the rulers of Travancore and tamil Nadu over the right of ownership of the place. The case was later trailed in a court in England and the Court orders infavour of Travancore. Allen Brown, an English Scientist had built an observatory there. Later it was ruined for lack of proper guard. The remains of it can be seen there now. Beautiful orchids and variety of plants are also found here in largenumbers. It being a home to certain birds and a seasonal dwelling to a huge set of certain migratory ones, this mountain attracts professional as well as occasional bird watchers. This legendary mountain can also be accessed on foot from Kotoor, Neyardam, and also from Bonacud. The ideal season for trucking is from December to April. This place is also noted for its abundant Ayurvedic herbs. The Government of Kerala has declared this area as biological park for the protection of bio-diversity.
Ponmudi, an idle hill station is popular for its green meadows, flowering trees, countless varieties of butterflies, slowly meandering streams and wet deciduous forest. A pleasant resort with an elevation of 3002 feet above sea level, is situated at the sour of western ghat. The pathways to this place are narrow. The atmosphere is cool, the ground is lush green and the place is woody. The air is filled with the fragrance of mountain flowers. Exotic butterflies can be spotted. Springs and small rivulets are enchanting and enlivening. There is a deer park close by. There are several tea and rubber estates around the hills, A hill tribe called kani live in the surrounding areas. Being fascinated by its enchanting charm, the Travancore rulers built two sanitorium here. Ponmudi, a famous place for trekking, is now developing as a hill resort with rooms and dormitory accommodation facilities. There is also K.T.D.C. restaurant and a Government guest house. It is 54 kms from Thiruvananthapuram and is easily reached by road.
Mankayam is 45 kms from Thiruananthapuram. It is situated near Palode in Nedumangad taluk and is 500 mts above sea level. A beautiful hill area surrounded with varieties of ever green trees and beautiful waterfalls. Lot of learning and entertaining materials related to nature has been arranged there for visitors. Convenient place for observation of nature, tracking arrangement have been constituted for interested visitors.
Veli is an ideal picnic spot, which has been developed as a tourist village. The placid Water of back water lake merges here with boundless blue of sea water A water front park with a wadding pool ,a floating restaurant ,aqua sports facilities, and beautiful gardens thrill children along with grown up people .Children can watch different varieties of back water fishes in the wadding pool Beautiful statue on the meadows and sculpture by renowned sculpture Kanayi Kunjuraman are the distinct features of veli. There are facilities for pedal boating, row boating. It gives an opportunity to enter the fantastic world of backwaters A visitor who sits by the side of lake will have the incredible experience. He enjoys the rhythm of lake when the small wave hits on its bank on boat racing .Floating Bridge is a new experience to those who visit there. Floating restaurant gives them an excellent opportunity to dine on the surface of water. Then they can pass through the floating bridge to the shore of Arabian Sea .The stretch of white sand and blue water give them the ingredients for relaxation. The youth hostel at veli provides in expensive dormitory type accommodation.
A lake, 53 kms from the city and 8 km north of Varkala, is a natural lake by the side of Arabian Sea. The white and blue sands on the beach are washed by surf, which roars and hisses at the feet of coconut palm.The view of the blue water playing in the chimes of bells of the wind on one side and the never ending spread of the green palm groves and the green veiled hill top on the other side, thrill the visitors most. A confluence of the sea, river and the backwater make the beach secluded, picturesque and worth visiting. The Priyadarshini boat club provides facilities of boating to the visitor