9 Places to visit in Thiruvananthapuram

Idyllic beaches, serene hill slopes, mesmerizing lakes, historic monuments and famous religious centers all set against a vibrant cultural back drop that is Thiruvananthapuram for you. We talk about few Places to visit in Thiruvananthapuram.

Go exploring around, and soon you realize that the city is indeed a mystifying blend of diversities.  Despite being the state capital, there is no maddening rush of a usual metropolis. No wonder, the green, clean and safe city with its moderate climate lures quite many tourists from across the globe all the year round.

Here is a list of must-see spots in and around Thiruvananthapuram:

1. Kovalam Beach

Kovalam Beach

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Of course, the captivating beauty of the setting sunset is the highlight here. But the absolutely beautiful Kovalam beach lures tourists for more reasons than one. The stunning lighthouse, the undisturbed coastline and the palm-fringed shallow beach, all together make Kovalam a must-see destination. The enchanting sky hues reflecting against the hurried waves beneath is a treat in itself. The artificial off-shore coral reef, the first of its kind in the country, attracts both elders and kids alike.

Many leisure options too await you here. Go sunbathing and you end up getting an awesome coppery tan in a few minutes. Herbal massaging, swimming, catamaran cruising are a few other options available on the beach. With quite many authentic ayurvedic parlors around, medical tourism also flourishes here.

2. Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Padmanabhaswamy Temple

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The city owes its name to the famous Padmanabhaswamy Temple, situated right in the heart of Thiruvananthapuram. The main deity is that of Lord Vishnu in eternal sleep posture on Anantha, the hooded serpent. The eighteen feet idol has to be viewed through three separate doors.

The temple is known for its architectural marvel in stone and bronze as well. Brilliant mural sketches adorn the interiors. While moving around the temple, do not miss the famous corridor supported by three hundred sixty-five and a quarter pillars, all made of granite. You need to see it to believe the architectural splendor and craftsmanship that has gone into its making.

Kuthiramalika Palace, situated close to Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple is also worth visiting. The interiors are decorated with wooden carvings and mural paintings. The other exhibits at the palace include armory, idols, sculptures, jewellery etc used by the Kings of Travancore. This is a good Places to visit in Thiruvananthapuram

3. Poovar


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If a quiet holiday on a pristine beach is what you are looking for, no better place than Poovar. A rare meeting point of lake, river and sea, this serene village is situated to the south of River Neyyar. Poovar beach separates the river from the Arabian Sea and hence its geographical importance. Poovar is relatively unexplored and thereby beach activities are minimal. The boat trip through the lagoon, enjoying the lush greenery on both sides, is an added attraction.

The Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium, well-known for its unique Image Pearl production technique is located near Poovar. A visit to Vizhinjam, where the construction of the proposed International Deepwater Multipurpose Seaport is underway is also worth considering. To get a real glimpse of coastal life of Kerala, peep into Vizhinjam fish market area, just a few kilometers away from the tourist beach. Ardent lovers of seafood should not give it a miss.

4. Ponmudi


As the name ‘Ponmudi’ indicates, this hill resort is indeed a golden crown in Kerala’s tourism map. The site of the lush green environs as you drive up the hairpin bends is indeed refreshing. Streams, tea bushes, mountain flowers and big wild butterflies add beauty to the misty trekking trail. Ponmudi is a quickly developing spot for adventure tourism, with quite many cottages fast mushrooming in near vicinity. This is a good Places to visit in Thiruvananthapuram

5. Shanghumukham Beach

mandapam at shangumugham beach

A secluded beach, far away from the hassles of the city is what Shanghumukham has to offer. It is an ideal getaway destination with silvery white sand and calm sea. The gigantic statue of mermaid popularly called as ‘Jalakanyaka’ is the landmark of Shanghumugham beach.

6. Varkala Beach

varkala papanasam beach

A highly favoured destination of beach lovers, you simply cannot wind up your trip to the capital city without visiting the exotic Varkala beach. The beautiful beach set against the backdrop of the red laterite cliffs lures backpackers from far and wide. One should not miss the hot mineral springs and rocky cliffs in the suburbs that are considered to have geological significance. The blue lagoon at Kappil near Varkala is also an ideal place to chill out. The enchanting boat cruise along the estuary between Edava and Kappil is an added attraction. Varkala – the ‘New Goa’ – is now a highly sought-after destination.

There is divinity in air as well. The 2000-year old Sree Janardhanaswami temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Sivagiri Mutt, the samadhi place of Saint Sree Narayana Guru, situated here makes Varkala a top pilgrimage centre. This is a must Places to visit in Thiruvananthapuram

7. Neyyar Dam

Neyyar Dam

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Located about thirty kilometers to the south of the city, Neyyar dam too is a very popular picnic spot. The blue lake and the gravity dam are the major attractions here. It is hard to resist the boat cruise through the calm blue waters.

The adjacent Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary is home to many wild animals. The crocodile breeding centre and the lion safari park are the other major tourist spots in the dam suburbs. This is a good Places to visit in Thiruvananthapuram

8. Napier Museum and Zoo


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You will not expect such sprawling greenery right in the middle of the city. The extensive complex that houses both the zoological park and Napier museum showcases Kerala’s rich cultural heritage. Built during the colonial era, the museum has an extensive collection of rare artifacts, idols, ivory carvings and ornaments. The building is a blend of various native and foreign architectural styles.

The well-maintained zoo houses quite many animals including a few rare species. The snake park in the zoo premises called the Anaconda House is also worth visiting. Kids are sure to have fun here.

If on a cloudy spring day, the many peacocks caged here are sure to treat you with an unforgettable spectacle. This is one of the Places to visit in Thiruvananthapuram

9. Meenmutty/ Kombaikani Falls

Meenmutty WaterfallsImage by Gokul Karipath via Flickr

Meenmutty falls is a picturesque spot located near the Neyyar Reservoir area. Ideal for trekkers, one needs to climb up about two kilometres through the dense Agasthyakoodam forests to reach the falls. Backpackers can trek further ahead to see the beautiful Kombaikani Falls that lie still upstream of the Meenmutty Falls. Nature is at its unspoiled best with minimal human intervention.

Just go ahead unveiling Thiruvananthapuram and the city will not disappoint you. Lots of fun and thrill is in store for sure.

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  1. Cody Charles Deegan on March 21, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Wow, it truly is enticing to see the pictures and make you want to be a tourist and experience them yourself especially if you are fond of travelling.

  2. Karthick on August 4, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Great article with excellent idea! I appreciate your post. Thanks so much and let keep on sharing your stuffs.

  3. Sethu on August 21, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Very nice. We are planning to visit Thiruvananthapuram during the month of November 2017.

    • Sunu Philip on August 21, 2017 at 11:03 am

      Hi Sethu,
      Thank you for reaching out and we hearty welcome you to experience the mind blowing beauty of Kerala.
      Please feel free to contact us at info@paradise-kerala.com to get the details of visiting places and packages.

  4. sunny on March 3, 2018 at 6:04 am

    Many Thx for the No-frills, simple and excellent write-up.

  5. TRILOK SHETTY on April 17, 2018 at 11:34 am

    hi am trilok from mumbai ….We have trip plan of keral in july in padmanama temple its a group of 40 people we have to know about the place can u guide us

  6. indianeagle on June 13, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Hi, Thank you very much for sharing your ideas this information is so useful to tourists this tourist places in Kerala blog collection is awesome.

  7. Ankita on August 6, 2018 at 3:17 am

    Great and inspiring Article! Thanks for sharing wonderful pictures and information. Very nice article.

  8. Anand Mb on January 13, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Thank you for your simple and nice guided article we will visit kerala next month Feb 2019 it helped me right time for shortlisting.

    • Sunu Philip on January 14, 2019 at 8:51 am

      Thank you Anand. If you need any other help regarding planning your trip, please let us know.

  9. Ra Salons on January 21, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Great and inspiring Article! Thanks for sharing .

  10. R.D on April 20, 2020 at 8:39 am

    If Kerala is God’s own country,Thiruvananthapuram is undoubtedly Gods own City’s. Not crowded but has all amenities. Ancient and modern at the same time. The cleanest city in India and good people.

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