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    Temple Visit, Padmanabha Swamy Temple

    by ajayzener Updated Jan 2, 2007

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    Padmanabha Swamy Temple

    Padmanabha Swamy Temple is situated in the heart of trivandrum inside the Fort area. Renovated in 1733 AD by the then ruler of Travancore, Raja Marthanda Varma, the temple is a must see for any tourist visiting Trivandrum. Adjacent to the temple entrance is a large pond. The temple is large, with inumerous pillars with carvings in the dravidian style. But the main attraction is the 18 ft idol of Vishnu, in the "anantashayanam" (Sleeping Posture of Lord Vishnu). The idol can be seen through 3 doors. The temple is crowded during the festive seasons and tourists should be extra cautious of the local vendors.
    You have to wear a traditional dhoti (men) or Sari (Women) to enter the temple, trousers, shirts etc is not allowed.

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    A stroll in the park, Veli Beach

    by ajayzener Updated Mar 22, 2007

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    About 5 Km from the airport is the Veli Beach. It is a nice place to have a stroll in the evening, watching the sun set in the sea. You can also see the lake meet the sea, a beautiful and breath taking spot indeed. The park near the beach has lot of sculptures and is a nice place to spent some time. You can go for Boating in the lake, the choice of the boats include, Row, Peddal and motor boats.

    Sunday evenings are very crowded.

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    Onam - Be a part of this beautiful festival

    by ajayzener Updated Jan 2, 2007

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    Onam, is the harvest festival of kerala. This day is also marked by the visit of the Devil King Mahabali. This is a festival of flowers and you will find each and every house front decorated with flowers welcoming the King Mahabali. This is the most important festival of kerala and you will find people enjoying their shopping with full energy. The festival is also characterised by fairs and melas. The entire city is illuminated.

    Be a part of the festival by having a complete kerala "sadya" ( Lunch in Banana Leaf)

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    The Govt Art Museum.

    by ushar Updated Aug 28, 2005

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    The Govt Art Museum.

    It was formerly known as "Napier Museum" named after fromer Madras Governor General John Napier.
    It can boast about having an excellent of historical ornaments, bronze images and ivory carvings.
    Science and Technology Museum. (off the beaten path)
    It is located near Mascot Hotel (near PMG Junction). It offers an idea of the growth of science and technology in our country.

    Visiting Time -
    10 am to 4.45 pm all days except wednesday and monday.
    Wednesday 1 pm to 4.45 pm is the visitng time
    Monday is a holiday..
    (so all those art lovers make ur time table for sight seeing accordingly )

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    Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

    by ushar Updated May 24, 2009

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    This temple, an impressive land mark of the city is built in 16th centuray and later renovated by the Maharajh of Travancore in 1733. The 7 storey 'Gopuram" is an excellent example of Dravidian architecture.
    Thiruvananthapuram meaning the city of anantha.Sri Padmnabha lies on puranic sacred serpent Anantha and he is the deity at the Padmanabha Temple. The temple is situated in he heart of the city ans is the main land mark of Thiruvanathapuram. This temple of of hoary antiquity and has many legends attached to it.Records included nearly 30 millions of palm leaf scrolls, inscriptions. King Marthandavarma deidicated himself and his possession to the deity and assumed the title Padmanabhadasa.
    Dresscode for the pilgrim :-
    Girls - skirt and blouse ,Ladies- Saree \ set mundu (no salvar suit , jeans etc..are allowed) and Gents - Mundum veshti.

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    Padmanabhapuram palace

    by radz Written Jul 8, 2004

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    Royal Palace Entrance


    Padmanabhapuram is once Capital of Travancore Maharaja's.The 16th Century Palace is in now Tamil Nadu states midway between Trivendram&KanyaKumari.
    53km from Trivendram.Inside so many Halls,the floors are polished by mixture of charcoal,egg white &coconut shells.
    It looks like mirror.Inside there no airconditioner,you feel so cool,and airy :).

    Have to leave our shoes at entrance.If you want, can hire guide.Each chamber someone is there to explain the details.
    Big dinning hall at time thousand people can have food.Things not to miss ,Enterance hall ,the brass lamp with rider riding horse,
    Kings Quarter's the beautifuly carved Royal bed.
    From Thiruvananthapuram to KanyaKumai bus stops at "Thuckalay ".From there 2km.
    The KTDC is giving daily conducted tours from Thiruvananthapuram.
    Plz see travalogue for more pics .
    The palace is closed on Monday
    Entrance fees Rs20.Camara is allowed inside.

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    Varkala~Beach

    by radz Written Jul 8, 2004

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    Papanasam beach,Varkala


    Varkala is divine,its 57km north of Thiruvanathapuram.
    Now its famous for beautiful "Papanasam" beach,not very much touristy.
    And the rocky cliffs on both sides,moonsoon time the waves sometimes comes near to cliff.It has been raining morning,when we went afternoon ,beach was desered only few ppl walking and the bird was giving us company :). Varkala you can take swim.Peak season how it looks you can
    see the pic at my travalogue ,it was taken last summer.
    I loved this beach:).

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    Sri Chitra Art Gallery

    by ajayzener Updated Jan 13, 2007

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    Sri Chitra Art Gallery

    Sri Chitra Art Gallery is in the museum complex. The museum houses some very rare paintings. The main attraction as you enter the main hall is Raja Ravi Verma's famous paintings. You will find here the famous paintings like Shakuntala, Damyanti and Rani Laxmi Bai. It is a feast to art lovers and a visit to the gallery is a must for anyone who loves paintings.

    The gallery is open on all days from 10 AM to 4:45 PM except of monday and wednesday. Monday is a holiday and Wednesday it is open fom 1 PM to 4:45 PM

    Photography is prohibited inside the gallery.

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    Sree Chitra Art Gallery.

    by ushar Written Aug 24, 2005

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    Damayanti and Hamsam

    This place is an ideal spot of for those who love to see some master pieces of well known artists (original).
    It has rich collection of the Kerala's favourite artist Raja Revi Varma. It also has the collection of works by Russian emigrant Roerich, copies of Rajput and Mughal paintings, works from the Tanjore School of Art, and copies of paintings from Ajanta Caves besides some collection miniature paintings from china, Japan and Tibet.

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    Zoo

    by ushar Updated Aug 28, 2005

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    Zoological Garden

    The Zoo which forms a part fo Botanical Gardens is one of the oldest in the country. It was established in 1859. The beautiful landscpe of the garden and lake privide the natural habitat for the animals.

    Timings to visit 10 am to 6 pm

    Monday is holiday :)

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    Napier museum

    by radz Updated Jul 8, 2004

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    Napier  Museum


    This 19th century Napier Museum.I din't go inside :(,
    after temple visit we went there its closed already.
    The building itself worth too see from outside,&beautiful wood works outside roofs.
    Its inside park ,the place is evening hangout for old(not only old ,others too but i find most of the retired type ehehh &)
    sitting there listening the radio.The radio is on public audio system,i asked my friend
    she said its usual routine thing ,people come hear to listen radio :)Interesting.

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    Christ King Church Vettukad, Make a Wish

    by ajayzener Updated Jan 2, 2007

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    Vettukad Church, nearly 7 km from Thiruvananthapuram city.

    The ‘Madre de Deus’Church popularly known as Vettukad Church attracts thousands of devotees from all religions. The annual celebration here is called the "Feast of Christ the King".

    This church is on the way to Veli from the airport, nearly 10 mins drive (3 Km). It is a very old church. Adjacent to the church is a beach, you can sit in the sands and spent time in the breeze.

    Not a must see... yeah, but a nice place to be in.

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    Beemapalli, The Beautiful Mosque

    by ajayzener Written Jan 2, 2007

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    Beemapalli, Trivandrum

    This shrine, dedicated to the memory of Beema beevi, a pious muslim lady believed to have been endowed with extraordinary powers, is situated about 5 kms south west of Trivandrum.

    This mosque is about 2 Km from the airport.

    A ten-day festival, known as Chandanakuda Mahotsavam is celebrated to commemorate the death anniversary of Beema Beevi, starting from the first of Jamadul Akbar (March - April) of the Hijra Year.

    Earthern pots known as Chandanakudam smeared with sandalwood paste, their mouths covered with white cloth, garlands tied around the neck, three incense sticks thrust into the cloth covering and filled with coins, are brought by the devotees as offering.

    Inside the shrine , a purification ritual known as Ratheeb is conducted and art forms like Dharamuttu, Vadithallu etc are staged. On the last day, a spectacular procession led by a couple of caparisoned elephants, panchavadyam, Dharamuttu etc is held and a thundering display of fireworks marks the conclusion of the festival.

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    Trivandrum Zoo

    by ajayzener Written Jan 13, 2007

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    Tiger - Trivandrum Zoo

    Trivandrum zoo is situated in the museum complex. It is spread across a large area and the animals are kept in open enclosures rather than in cages. The zoo has lions, tigers, leopards, giraffes, zebras and a lot of other animals and birds. The zoo is open everyday from morning 10 to evening 4:45. There is also a reptile house which you can visit after visiting the zoo.

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    shanghumugham beach

    by 6aruna Written Feb 4, 2007

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    not the usual dreamy one with not much crowd and white sands.

    exact opposite crowded, brown sand and not much greenery as a backdrop but
    come weekend evenings, the whole place is jampacked. amateur musicians,vendors and foodstalls add to the crowd. In the night, the sea also crowded with small fishing boats.

    you can sit on the ramp and watch .

    mornings are less crowded . you can watch fishermen at work.

    there is a small peaceful temple nearby for the religious minded . you can also watch aeroplanes take off from the nearby airport.

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