Spend A Wonderful Weekend in Thiruvananthapuram

If you like to witness different forms of arts and culture, then Thiruvananthapuram is a perfect gateway for you.

Where to spend your weekend in Thiruvananthapuram?

Here is the list of destinations that I would like to recommend you if you are taking a trip to Thiruvananthapuram, the awesome and the largest city of the Indian state of Kerala.

Vizhinjam

Vizhinjam

A famous locality of Thiruvananthapuram city in the Indian state of Kerala, Vizhinjam is best known for its Ayurvedic treatment centers and internationally acclaimed beach resorts. It is a natural port, which is located close to the international ship route. The population of around 18,566 was estimated in the year 2001.

Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Located in Thiruvananthapuram, Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple is a Vedic temple which is highly dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The shrine is run by a trust headed by the royal family of Travancore. The Temple is a replica of the famous Sri Adikesavaperumal Temple at Thiruvattar. Furthermore, it is one of the principal centers of worship of the deity in Vaishnavism.

Kanakakkunnu Palace

Kanakakkunnu Palace

Situated near the Napier Museum, the Kanakakkunnu Palace is one of the last architectural leftovers of the colonial period. The palace was built during the reign of Travancore king Sree Moolam Thirunal. The palace served as the main venue for royal banquets. Later on, one of Travancore’s popular rulers refurbished the palace and well-constructed tennis courts in the premises.

Shankumugham Beach

Shankumugham Beach

Close to the Trivandrum International Airport, Shankumugham Beach is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city. Away from the crowd in the city, the vast stretch of white sand and the serene atmosphere provide all the ingredients for relaxation and for spending a great time with your loved ones.

Akkulam

Akkulam is a neighbourhood of Thiruvananthapuram city and is about 10 km from Thiruvananthapuram city center. At this place, the Southern Air Command of Indian Airforce is located. Not only this, it is well known for the picnic and backwater destination Akkulam Lake, an extension of Veli Lake, where it joins with the sea.

Karikkakom Devi Temple

Karikkakom Devi Temple or Karikkakom Sree Chamundi Devi Temple is the most popular Hindu temple, which is dedicated to Goddess Chamundi. It is located in Thiruvananthapuram, India. Built for more than 600 years old, the temple enshrines a Panchaloha idol of the goddess Karikkakathamma – an incarnation of Chamundi. Here the Chamundi Devi is worshipped here in three different forms, namely Raktha Chamundi, Maha Chamundi, and Bala Chamundi.

Vettucaud

Vettucaud is located on the north-west coast of Thiruvananthapuram. The Madre de Deus church vettukad is situated here. This church is popularly known as Vettucaud Palli. An annual fest is held called the Feast of Church which is attended by a large number of devotees around the world.

Aruvikkara

Aruvikkara is a village located on the banks of the Karamana River 15 km away from Thiruvananthapuram. The reservoirs and gardens make it a perfect tourist destination. The village is renowned for the ancient Bhagavathi temple dedicated to Durga, the divine embodiment of Female power. In Aruvikara, there is a small Aruvikara dam (mini dam) which provides water to the capital Thiruvananthapuram. Moreover, the headquarters of the Wellington Water Distribution project is located here. There is a stream in front of the temple, which contains large fishes, which are fed by the devotees visiting the shrine.

Beemapally

A suburb of Thiruvananthapuram (also known as Trivandrum), Beemapally is right under the flight path of planes landing at the Thiruvananthapuram airport. Every year, a festival is celebrated to venerate Beema Bibi, which attracts a large number of pilgrims from all castes and faiths.

Mahatma Gandhi College

Situated in Thiruvananthapuram city (Trivandrum), the Mahatma Gandhi College owes its origin to Mannathu Padmanabhan, the founder of Nair Service Society. It is managed by Nair Service Society and is affiliated with Kerala University.

Thiruvananthapuram Zoo

Located in the city of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala, the Thiruvananthapuram Zoo occupies 55 acres of woodland, lakes, and lawns. The zoo is a home to many animals where royal tigers, panthers, cheetahs, deer, boar, and other wild creatures were kept.

Napier Museum

Established in the year 1855, the Napier Museum is an art and natural history museum situated in Thiruvananthapuram. The museum is about 6 km away from the city. The museum is closed on Mondays, Wednesday, and on special dates such as January 26 and August 15. The visiting hours are 10.00 am to 4.45 pm.

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