Heritage | Pilgrimage

#1 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of about 2 km from Trivandrum Central Railway Station, Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple is a famous Hindu temple located in the Fort Area of Trivandrum city. It is one of the richest temples in India, and among the must-visit places as part of Trivandrum tour.

Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple is one of the 108 Divyadesams of Lord Vishnu and among the most sacred places of pilgrimage in Kerala. Although the origin of this temple remains a mystery, devotees believe it to have existed since the first day of the Kali Yuga, which was 5000 years ago. The Padmanabhaswamy temple also has a mention in the Bhagwad Gita. The scripture states that Balarama, the older brother of Lord Krishna frequented the temple, bathed in the Padmatheertham, and also made several offerings to the deity here.

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Museum

#2 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of about 2 kms from Trivandrum Central Railway Station, The Palace Museum is located in the Kuthira Malika Palace built by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma, the King of Travancore. It is located in the Fort Area near Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple.

It is a rare specimen of workmanship in the traditional Travancore style of architecture. The Museum displays paintings and various priceless collections of the royal family. The name Kuthira Malika means 'Palace of Horses' and is derived from the frieze of 122 wooden horses on the exterior walls. The Palace was constructed with teak, rosewood, granite and marble. The palace includes two thrones - one is made entirely from elephant tusks and the other from Bohemian crystal.

Timings: 8.30 AM to 12.30 PM & 3:30 PM to 5.30 PM. Closed on Mondays.

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Heritage | Museum

#3 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of about 3.5 km from Trivandrum Central Railway Station, the Napier Museum is an art and natural history museum situated in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Also known as Government Art Museum, it is one of the popular museums in Kerala, and among the most prominent places of sightseeing in Trivandrum.

The museum was first established in 1855 but demolished in 1874 to lay the foundation for a new building, during the reign of Ayilyam Thirunal. The construction was completed in 1880 and was named after Lord Napier, the Governor of Madras from 1866-1872. Designed by Robert Chisholm, the consulting Architect of the Madras Government, the architectural style of the museum is a mix of Indian, Chinese, Kerala, and Mughal Schools of architecture.

Renowned for its fine collection of exhibits, the Napier Museum serves as a prime attraction of the city that one must visit during Trivandrum trip. It .....

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Beach

#4 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of 13 km from Trivandrum, 67 km from Nagarcoil, 78 km from Kollam, 83 km from Kanyakumari, 159 km from Alleppey, and 212 km from Kochi, Kovalam is a coastal town on the shores of the Arabian Sea in Kerala. It is also one of the most famous places to visit as part of Kerala tour packages.

Often called the 'Paradise of the South', Kovalam is one of the wonderful Kerala beach destinations. Kovalam means 'A grove of coconut trees and the whole area beyond the shores around Kovalam is filled with the endless sight of coconut trees offering magnificent views while approaching the beach. Kovalam gained importance when Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bai, the Queen of Travancore, built a palace, the Halcyon Castle on the top of a rock near the beach in the 1930s. Thereafter the place was brought to the public eye by her nephew the Maharaja of Travancore. After Independence, Kovalam was relatively .....

Distance (From Trivandrum Central Railway Station): 13 Kms
Trip Duration (From Trivandrum Central Railway Station - Including Travel): Full Day
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Pilgrimage

#5 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of 3.5 Kms from Trivandrum Central Railway Station, Attukal Bhagavathi Temple is one of the famous temples in Kerala and famously known as the Sabarimal of Women. This temple got its place in Guinness Book of World Records as 'the largest gathering of women in the world'. About 1.5 million women gather at this temple to celebrate the famous Pongala festival.

Dedicated to Goddess Devi (another form of Goddess Parvathi), this temple is located in the heart of Trivandrum city. Pilgrims visiting Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple consider their visit is incomplete without offering prayers at this temple.

Attukal Pongala is the main festival celebrated at this temple on Karthika day of Kumbham month (Feb/March). During this festival, millions of women gather around this temple and prepare Pongala (rice cooked with jaggery, ghee, coconut as well as other ingredients) to offer to the goddess to seek her best blessings.

Timings: 4:30 AM to 12:30 PM & 5 PM to 8:30 PM

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Beach

#6 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of about 10 km from Trivandrum Central Railway Station, Shanghumugham Beach is a famous beach situated in Trivandrum. It is one of the famous beaches in Kerala, and among the top Trivandrum attractions.

Shanghumukham Beach is known for its pristine waters and soulful sunsets. It runs next to the Trivandrum airport and a must-visit for those seeking tranquility during Trivandrum tour. The huge sculpture of a Nymph (Jalakanyaka) made by the famous sculptor Sri Kanai Kunjuraman and a restaurant shaped like a starfish are added attractions here.

Shanghumugham Beach is considered the 'Arattukadavu' of Sri Ananthapadmanabhan, the presiding deity of the city. On the Arattu day at Thiruvananthapuram, images of Lord Padmanabhaswamy, Lord Narasimha, and Lord Krishna are taken in procession to .....

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Beach | Backwaters

#9 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of 18 km from Kovalam and 27 km from Trivandrum, Poovar is a small coastal town at the southern tip of Thiruvananthapuram district in Kerala. Encompassed by a beautiful beach on one side and the backwaters on the other, it is one of the major Kovalam places to visit.

Situated close to the Neyyar River estuary, Poovar is one among the natural wonders where the Lake, River, Sea, and Beach meet the land. Poovar is a lovely island with long stretches of glowing sand, serene surroundings, and a refreshing gentle breeze. Poovar has been a trading center and port in ancient times where timber, sandalwood, ivory, and spices were traded. According to legends the port Ophir where King Solomon's trading ships landed is said to be Poovar. Another legend describes this as the place where Maharaja Marthanda Varma was given protection from his enemies by the powerful merchant, Moosa Marikkar.

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Distance (From Trivandrum): 27 Kms
Trip Duration (From Trivandrum - Including Travel): 2-3 Hours
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Wildlife

#7 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of about 4 km from Trivandrum Central Railway Station, the Zoological Gardens is a well-maintained zoo park situated in the complex of Napier Museum in Trivandrum. Also known as Trivandrum Zoo, it is one of the popular zoo parks in Kerala, and among the must visit places as part of Trivandrum sightseeing packages.

Established in 1859 by the Maharaja of Travancore, Thiruvananthapuram Zoo is one of the oldest Zoological Parks in India. Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma (1816-1846), the ruler of Travancore was the visionary behind the establishment of the Thiruvananthapuram Museum and Zoo. He had a broad variety of animals, including elephants in his horse breeding center. It was however left to his brother Uthram Thirunal Marthanda Varma and the then British Resident General Cullen which resulted in the establishment of Napier Museum and Zoo in Thiruvananthapuram. The zoo was originally built with the typical iron-barred .....

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Wildlife

#8 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of about 29 Kms from Trivandrum Central Railway Station, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 128 sq. kms at the foot of Western Ghats. The Neyyar Dam built over Neyyar River is located within the Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Sanctuary is the home of unique species of flora and fauna. From wild boars and elephants to the vast range of medicinal herbs, Neyyar is truly a nature lover's paradise. The crocodile farm, the lion safari park and the deer park are some of the main attraction of the Neyyar Sanctuary. Boating facility is available in the reservoir of the Neyyar Dam.

The best time visit Neyyar Dam and Wildlife Sanctuary is October to March.

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Heritage

#10 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of about 6 kms from Trivandrum Central Railway Station, Kowdiar Palace was built in 1914 by Maharajah Moolam Thirunal. It is the official residence of the present Maharajah of Travancore, Moolam Thirunal and the Travancore Royal family. The architectural work of the Kowdiar Palace is famous.

Public are not permitted to enter the palace, but can view this grand old building from the gate.

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Miscellaneous

#11 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of about 10 kms from Trivandrum Central Railway Station, Veli Tourist Village is a famous waterfront park in a close proximity to the Trivandrum city.

It is built at the point where the lagoon meets the Arabian Sea is replete with fish ponds, wading pools and landscaped gardens. The facilities include boating, water sports and children's park. A beautiful park and a floating restaurant attract tourists. There are facilities for Pedal boating, row boating, speed boating, swimming and small parties in Veli.

Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM.

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Heritage

#12 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of about 12 km from Varkala & 32 km from Trivandrum, Anjengo Fort, also called Anchuthengu Fort is an ancient fort situated at Anchuthengu village in Kerala. It is one of the famous places of heritage in Kerala, and among the must-visit places for history buffs as part of Trivandrum tour packages.

Located on the outskirts of Varkala, Anjengo Fort was built in the 17th century by the British East India Company when it chose Anjengo to make its first trade settlement in Kerala. The word 'Anjuthengu' means five coconut palms and legend has it that a small area of five coconut trees was given to the British on rent by the Queen of Attingal and that is how the fort got its name. The fort served as the first signaling station for ships arriving from Britain.

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Backwaters

#13 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of about 15 kms from Trivandrum Central Railway Station, Aruvikkara Dam is a beautiful dam constructed over Karamana River.

The dam is the main source of water to the city of Trivandrum. There is a small park laid out with an artificial waterfall. It is dangerous to take a bath in the dam because of the innumerable rocks that have huge curve-ins.

There is an ancient Bhagavathi Temple dedicated to Goddess Durga on the banks of Karamana River built on a rock.

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Heritage

#14 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of 15 Kms from Trivandrum Central Railway Station & 4 kms from Kovalam, Vizhinjam is a small coastal town located near the Kovalam Beach.

Vizhinjam is famous for the 18th century rock-cut caves. This granite cave is a one-celled shrine with sculptures of Vinandhara Dakshinamurthi (Lord Shiva).The outer wall of the cave depicts half complete reliefs of the Hindu God Shiva with Goddess Parvathi. Vizhinjam was earlier the capital of the Ay chieftains who ruled the southern parts of Kerala in the 8th century AD.

The Cave is very close to the Vizhinjam Bus Station. Vizhinjam also has a nice beach at a distance of around 1 Km from Bus Station.

Vizhinjam is connected by frequent buses from Trivandrum City.

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Museum

#15 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of 16 Kms from Trivandrum Central Railway Station, Koyikkal Palace located in Nedumangad is a 16th century Palace built by Umayamma Rani of the Venad Royal family.

This palace houses Asia's biggest Folklore Museum setup by the Department of Archaeology in 1992 and Numismatics Museum. The Numismatics Museum is the most elegant fraction that can be enjoyed by the tourists and it is one of the most exclusive Museums in the country. The Museum has some of the marvelous collection of musical instruments like Chandravalayam (which is not found else where in the country) and Nanthuni. The museum also has coins belonging to the Gwalior Royal Family, the Nizam of Hyderabad, Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan etc. The exhibits in the museum draw attention to the rich cultural heritage of Kerala.

Nedumangad is connected by frequent buses from Trivandrum City.

Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM. Monday Holiday.

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Waterfall

#16 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of 59 km from Trivandrum, Aruvi Waterfall is a picturesque waterfall located near Bonacaud Estate in the Trivandrum district of Kerala. It is one of the popular waterfalls near Trivandrum.

The Aruvi waterfall is located in the thick forest of Peppara Forest Range. The crystal clear water cascades down the hill at a height of 4 feet. As this waterfall lies between hills and dense forest, the view of the waterfall is breathtaking. The area has been isolated and this nature's beauty is not much disturbed.

The nearest road point to the waterfalls is Bonecaud Estate. The falls can be reached by a 7 km trek from Bonacaud. From here, the visitors will be guided by the Kanni tribal men through the mountains. Good physical fitness is required to finish this trek. Prior forest pass from the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary is required to enter the forest (Ph: 0471-2272182). They can also arrange guided tours with an .....

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Wildlife

#17 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of 68 Kms from Trivandrum, Pandipathu located inside Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for large population of Indian Wild Buffalo (or Gaur).

Situated on Kerala-Tamil Nadu boarder, Pandipathu can be accessible from Bonacaud. Forest Department of Kerala promotes an eco-tourism project called 'Visit To Bison Abode', a special 2-day package with night halt in the forest. Prior permission should be taken before proceeding from Assistant Wildlife Warden, Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, Trivandrum (ph: 0471- 2892344).

Bonacaud is connected by bus service from Trivandrum.

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Heritage

#18 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of 3.5 Kms from Trivandrum Central Railway Station, The Kanakakunnu Palace is situated near the Napier Museum. It is place where the Travancore royal family once entertained their guests. Today the palace and its sprawling grounds are the venue for many cultural meets and programs.

An all India Dance Festival (October to March) is organized here every year. During this period the classical Indian Dance Performances are conducted every day. The Palace is a perfect example for the artistic quality of the people of Thiruvananthapuram.

The Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has documented the palace as a heritage monument.

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Miscellaneous

#19 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of 10 Kms from Trivandrum Central Railway Station, Akkulam Tourist Village is a beautiful picnic spot on the banks of the Akkulam Lake. The Tourist Village has a boat club, a well-equipped children's park, snack bar and a paddle pool and a swimming pool for adults.

The Akkulam Tourist Village is constructed where the native lagoon amalgamates with the Arabian Sea and the area is dotted with fish ponds, wading pools and beautiful landscaped gardens. Of late the city aims at constructing the first musical dancing fountain, which represents the Padmamanabha Swamy Temple in the background. This masterpiece would be constructed by the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) in order to attract tourists from round the world.

Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM.

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Pilgrimage | Backwaters

#20 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of 8 km from Trivandrum Central Railway Station, Thiruvallam is a popular Kerala backwater destinations, and among the must-include places in Trivandrum packages.

Thiruvallam backwaters are situated between the two large rivers Karanama and Killi. The calm atmosphere and the untouched natural beauty of the backwaters are simply fabulous. The tourists spend peaceful time on the Kettuvallams or houseboats. It is one of the famous Trivandrum tourist attractions.

Another important attraction of the Thiruvallam backwaters is the popular temple of sage Parashurama which holds a special place in the heart of Kerala's people. Situated on the banks of the Karamana River, it is the only temple in Kerala dedicated to Lord Parasurama. It says that the temple was built during the 12th and .....

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Museum

#21 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of 4 Kms from Trivandrum Central Railway Station, Natural History Museum is located in the Trivandrum Public Park compound near Napier Museum.

It was opened for public in the year of 1885. The building in which it is presently housed was constructed in 1964. The museum was initially started with the individual collection of General Cullen. There are separate galleries for the Mammals, the birds, the vertebrates, the invertebrates and the skeletons. A library and a laboratory also form part of the museum.

Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM. Closed on Mondays and national holidays. 1 PM to 4:45 PM on Wednesdays.

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Miscellaneous

#22 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of 3.5 Kms from Trivandrum Central Railway Station, Priyadarshini Planetarium is one of the most sophisticated Planetariums in India. It provides a panoramic experience of the Universe with advanced projection technology.

The planetarium organizes shows on MAN AND THE UNIVERSE, dealing with the origin and different stages of development of astronomy, the structure of different planets and the Origin of the Universe. The MYRIAD SUNS shows deal with the birth and death of stars, black holes, neutron stars, star clusters, galaxies, nebula, supernova.

Show Timings: Malayalam - 10:30 AM, 3 PM & 5 PM. English - 12 Noon.

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Museum

#23 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of 1.5 Kms from Trivandrum Central Railway Station, Chacha Nehru Children's Museum is a major attraction for children in the city of Trivandrum. Established in 1980, it is named after Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who is remembered for his great love towards children.

The museum displays a vast range of objects like traditional and proclaim 2000 featuring figures in Indian costume, American presidents, health education displays, a mini aquarium and the first issue of children's literature in Malayalam. The philately section includes post independence commemorative postage stamps.

Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM. Closed on Mondays and public holidays. Photography not allowed.

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Pilgrimage

#24 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of 47 Kms from Trivandrum and 22 Kms from Kollam, Paripally is famous for Gajamela (Elephant Pageant) conducted in Feb/March. It is located in Kollam district between Trivandrum and Kollam.

The Gajamela is conducted on 10th day of the festival celebrated in the month of Feb/March. Around 50 elephants are taken out on a ritual procession. The elephants in these processions are offered as Nercha (ritual offerings to the deity for prosperity) by devotees at the temple of the Goddess Bhadrakali.

Paripally is situated on NH47 between Kollam and Trivandrum and all the buses between Trivandrum and Kollam stop here.

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Waterfall

#25 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of 13 km from Pechiparai Dam, 50 km from Kanyakumari, & 51 km from Trivandrum, Thirparappu Falls is an artificial waterfall situated at Thirparappu near Kanyakumari. It is one of the Kanyakumari tourist places.

The Kodayar River makes its descend at Thiruparappu and forms this wonderful waterfall. The river bed is rocky and about 300 feet in length. Descending from a height of about 50 feet, the spectacular falls mystifies the environment with its gushing waters. It is essentially a mix of multiple streams of water flowing from the top to form a majestic water pool at the bottom.

A swimming pool has been constructed for children over here and is a safe place for swimming. There are paddle boats available on rent for boating in the vicinity of the Falls. Mahadeva Temple dedicated to Siva enclosed by strong fortification is very close to the waterfalls and it's one of the important .....

Distance (From Trivandrum): 51 Kms
Trip Duration (From Trivandrum - Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day
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Heritage

#26 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of 35 Kms from Kanyakumari, 53 Kms from Trivandrum & 700 Kms from Chennai (situated on Trivandrum - Kanyakumari road), Padmanabhapuram is an ancient historical town surrounded by a fort with an area of 187 acres. The ancient capital of Travancore might be constructed before AD 1601. The palace with an area of seven acres, is situated in the very centre on the Padmanabhapuram Fort, amidst hills, dales and rivers.

The fort which was built with mud originally was dismantled and reconstructed with granite by Maharaja Marthanda Varma. The height of the walls varies from 15 ft to 24 ft according to the inclination of the ground.

Entry Fee Rs 25 for Adult & Rs 10 for Children. Closed on Mondays.
Fees for Foreigners : Adult Rs 200 & Children Rs 50
Video and Camera Fee are Rs 1500 & Rs 25 Respectively
Separate fee for Car parking

Distance (From Trivandrum): 53 Kms
Trip Duration (From Trivandrum - Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day
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Waterfall

#27 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of 40 km from Kanyakumari, 21 km from Nagercoil, 74 km from Trivandrum, 85 km from Tirunelveli & 691 km from Chennai, Olakkay Aruvi or Ulakkai Aruvi Waterfalls is a wonderful waterfall located near Azhagiapandipuram in Kanyakumari district of Tamilnadu. Located within the limits of Kalakkad Wildlife Sanctuary, Ulakkai Aruvi is one of the best waterfalls in Kanyakumari and also one of the popular places to visit near Tirunelveli.

Also known as Rod Falls, Ulakkai Aruvi Falls is a mesmerizing waterfall formed over Pazhayar River. Ulakkai meaning Pestle and Aruvi meaning Falls in Tamil. This falls looks like a Pestle from long distance, hence the name Ulakkai Aruvi. Even as the surrounding water sources and forests dry up in the sweltering summers, the water still keeps flowing from this natural waterfall. Many tourists come here for bathing and to enjoy the nature.

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Distance (From Trivandrum): 74 Kms
Trip Duration (From Trivandrum - Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day
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Pilgrimage | Beach | Nature

#28 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of 22 km from Nagercoil, 82 km from Tirunelveli, 85 km from Trivandrum, 130 km from Tuticorin, 242 km from Madurai, 375 km from Trichy, and 707 km from Chennai, Kanyakumari is a coastal town located at the southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula in Tamil Nadu. Also called Cape Comorin, it is one of the must include places in Tamilnadu tour packages, and among the best Places to visit in Tamilnadu.

Kanyakumari is a popular tourist place and a place of great natural beauty. The city gets its name from the Hindu goddess Kanyakumari who was also known as Kumari Amman. Swami Vivekananda is said to have been lived here for a while and meditated. It is situated at the confluence of Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean. This place offers marvelous Sunset and Sunrise views. It is the only place in India where one can enjoy the unique spectacle of Sunset and Moonrise simultaneously .....

Distance (From Trivandrum): 85 Kms
Trip Duration (From Trivandrum - Including Travel): Full Day
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Waterfall

#29 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of 16 km from Ponmudi Bus Station, Kallar Meenmutty Waterfalls is a magnificent waterfall located at Kallar village near Ponmudi, Kerala. It is one of the beautiful waterfalls near Trivandrum, and among the must-visit tourist places in Ponmudi.

Surrounded by the mountain ranges of Western Ghats, Meenmutty waterfall is a small waterfall formed over the Kallar River. Although the waterfall is pretty small in terms of height, the place gives a glimpse of natural beauty that attracts a large number of tourists every year as part of Ponmudi holiday packages. Numerous small natural pools are peppered near this magnificent waterfall. One can find many attractive, round-shaped boulders and bright colored pebbles in the pools.

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Distance (From Trivandrum): 43 Kms
Trip Duration (From Trivandrum - Including Travel): 3 Hours
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Nature

#30 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of 16 km from Ponmudi Bus Station, Golden Valley is a charming place located at Kallar near Ponmudi, Kerala. It is one of the beautiful places to visit in Ponmudi, especially people who want to spend some quality time amidst nature.

Settled along the banks of Kallar River, Golden Valley is a picturesque location known for its lush green valley, crystal clear water and golden sand. It is one of the must-visit attractions for every traveler as part of the Ponmudi Tour. The Vamanapuram River takes the name Kallar, literally 'the river of stone', as the riverbed and banks here are crowded with boulders, rocks and smooth pebbles of all shapes, sizes, and colours. The valley has been named after the pebbles and golden stones present at this place. This is also the place where the monsoons form a seasonal confluence of the Kallar river with a tributary.

Golden Valley is an ideal location to spend with family and friends as it offers calm ambiance, meadows for children .....

Distance (From Trivandrum): 42 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kallar Meenmutty Falls (4 km) - Including Travel): 2 Hours
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Waterfall | Nature

#31 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of 40 km from Ponmudi and 43 km from Trivandrum, Manakayam is an eco-tourism spot situated near Palode in Nedumangadu taluk of Trivandrum district, Kerala. It is one of the popular eco-tourism places near Trivandrum and among the top places to visit in Ponmudi.

Mankayam eco-tourism center is situated at Peringamala Section in Palode Forest Range under Thiruvananthapuram Forest Division. The Mankayam River, a tributary of the Chittar River, flows through this scenic tourist spot. Ecotourism is a form of tourism involving visiting fragile, pristine, and usually protected areas, intended as a low-impact and often small-scale alternative to standard commercial (mass) tourism. Mankayam acts as the focal point for a huge array of picnic spots in the area.

Situated at an altitude of around 500 m, Manakayam is known for its picturesque milky cascades. The undulating terrain with rocky patches .....

Distance (From Trivandrum): 43 Kms
Trip Duration (From Trivandrum - Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day
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Adventure

#32 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of 44 km from Ponmudi and 62 km from Trivandrum, Agasthyakoodam is a mountain peak situated near Ponmudi. It is one of the highest peaks in the Western Ghats and among the popular places of trekking in Kerala.

Perched at an altitude of 6201 feet, Agasthyarkoodam is the second highest peak in Kerala after Anamudi near Munnar (8842 feet), and among the best Ponmudi places to visit. The mountain is revered by both Buddhists and Hindus, as it is believed to be the abode of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara as well as of the sage Agastya, a disciple of Lord Shiva. There is a small shrine on the mountain top with an idol of Agasthya rishi and during the Agasthyarkoodam trekking season, people perform pujas here. The hill range is now declared as Agasthya Vanam Biological Park covering an area of 23 sq. km. Also, it is the source of River Kallar.

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Distance (From Trivandrum): 62 Kms
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Wildlife

#33 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of 32 km from Ponmudi and 40 km from Trivandrum, Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary located near Ponmudi in the Trivandrum district of Kerala. It is one of the popular wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala, and among the must-visit sightseeing places in Ponmudi.

The Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary derives its name from Peppara Dam which is commissioned in 1983 to augment the drinking water supply to Thiruvananthapuram city and suburban areas. The area was formerly a part of the Paruthippally range of the Thiruvananthapuram territorial division. Considering the ecological significance of the area, it was declared a sanctuary in 1983. The terrain is undulating with elevation ranging from 100 m to 1717 m. The area of the sanctuary is 75 sq. km with tropical moist evergreen forests and myristica swamps. It consists of part of the Palode reserve (24 .....

Distance (From Trivandrum): 40 Kms
Trip Duration (From Trivandrum - Including Travel): 2-3 Hours
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Hill Station

#34 of 34 Places to Visit in Trivandrum

At a distance of 15 km from Kallar, 57 km from Trivandrum, 102 km from Kollam, 131 km from Kanyakumari, 167 km from Tirunelveli, 172 km from Kottayam, 178 km from Alappuzha, 225 km from Tuticorin, 233 km from Kochi, 267 km from Madurai, 298 km from Munnar, and 371 km from Rameswaram, Ponmudi is a small hill station located in the Peringamala Panchayat of Trivandrum district, Kerala. Also called as 'Kashmir of Kerala', it is one of the offbeat hill stations in Kerala, and among famous places to visit near Trivandrum.

Ponmudi, meaning the Golden Crown, is nestled in the lap of rolling hills of the Western Ghats that run parallel to the Arabian Sea. Situated at an altitude of 1100m, Ponmudi is surrounded by scenic hills, spice plantations, tea estates, natural springs, and winding streams. Ponmudi was founded by Rishi Parshuram, a prominent Indian mythological figure. Fondly called as .....

Distance (From Trivandrum): 57 Kms
Trip Duration (From Trivandrum - Including Travel): Full Day
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    Trivandrum can be visited at any time throughout the year. However, the best time to visit Trivandrum is winter season from November to March while the peak season is August to September & December to January.

  • How many days are required to visit Trivandrum?

    Trivandrum usually requires 1-2 days to visit the most important tourist attractions. Trivandrum can also mixed with near by wonderful destinations like Kovalam, Alleppey, Kumarakom and Kanyakumari by adding few additional days to your trip.

  • What is the budget required to visit Truvandrum?

    Budget of Trivandrum trip depends on the trip duration and category of hotel you choose for your stay along with the kind of vehicle you prefer. Trivandrum tour packages offered by Trawell.in start from as low as INR 5200 per person for a 2D/1N trip and from INR 7450 per person for 3D/2N vacation.

  • What are some must visit places & things to do while visiting Trivandrum?

    Ensure to cover most important places to visit in Trivandrum like Anantha Padmanabha Temple, Palace Museum, Attukal Bhagavathi Temple, Ponmudi, Shanghumugham Beach, etc. Kovalam which is around 18 km from Trivandrum and can be visited along with Trivandrum.

  • What are the things to buy in Trivandrum?

    Trivandrum is famous for handloom fabrics, local handicrafts, garments, Silk sarees wood, brass carvings and spices.