Trivandrum / Thekkady Travel Guide
· Padmanabhaswamy Temple
The most impressive landmark in the town, the temple's presiding deity is Vishnu reclining on serpent Anantha. It has a seven-story tower, umpteen number of pillars, intricate carvings and mural paintings. Only Hindus are allowed in. There are other entry regulations too. The temple is located in East Fort.
· Museum Complex
Art and natural history museums, art gallery and zoological and botanical gardens are located in a plot in the heart of the city. Kuthiramalika (Puthenmalika) palace museum: Located near Padmanabhaswamy temple, the palace was built by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma. The king was a great poet, musician, social reformer and statesman. The museum contains paintings and other collections of the royal family.
· Science & Technology Museum
Located near Mascot hotel, it is a valuable site for students and researchers.
· Sanghumugham Beach
A favourite haunt of sunset watchers. A gigantic 35 m sculpture of a mermaid, called Matsya Kanyaka, is a major attraction here. There is facility for recreational activities. The place is near the airport and the Veli tourist village.
How to reach
· By Air
Thiruvananthapuram is both a domestic and an International airport with regular flights. The airport is 6 kms from the city.
· By Rail
Convenient trains connect Thiruvananthapuram with the rest of the country.
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