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The capital of Kerala Trivandrum city, built on a series of hills that gradually descends to the sea. As a city Trivandrum has much to offer. Being the capital of the erstwhile Travancore state, it has retained its magical ambience. The Padmanabhaswamy Temple, the former rulers' place of worship; the Napier Museum with a fine collection of bronzes, ancient musical instruments, stone sculptures, ivory carvings etc.; the Orient Manuscript Library which preserves ancient palm leaf manuscripts; the Chitralayam Art Museum with its Indian and South East Asian Collection; Zoological Gardens, set in sylvan surroundings and acclaimed as one of the best zoos of the country with an interesting collection of reptiles - these are some of the places which you are bound to enjoy during your stay in Trivandrum.

Trivandrum
 
By Air
Thiruvananthapuram has an international airport from where flights operate to  the Gulf, Europe, the U.S.A., and Shri Lanka

Domestic Flights: On the domestic network, Indian Airlines flies to the city from Delhi , Bombay , Madras , Bangalore , Cochin . 

Airport Tel: 73537, 744633. Reservation & Enquiries Tel : 62288, 66370.
Booking Offices: Air India, Vellayambalam, Tel: 434837. Airport Tel: 451426.

Indian Airlines, Mascot Square Tel: 436870, 438288. Airport, Enquiries Tel: 451537.

By Rail
Thiruvananthapuram is an important terminus on the Indian Railway's network with connections from all parts of the country. Both broad gauge and metre gauge services operate to the city.
Enquiry Tel: 131; Reservation Tel: 132.
By Road
Thiruvananthapuram is connected to all parts of the country by good roads. The state's own highway-network also links the city to all parts of the state. Bus services of Kerala State Road Transport Corporation and road transport corporations of Tamil Nadu, like TTC and Nesamony, provide regular connections to Thiruvananthapuram from all major centres of the region. 
KSRTC, Central Bus Station, Thampanoor Tel: 623886.

City Bus Stand, Fort Tel: 463029, 477235.
Local Transport
Auto-rickshaws, are the most popular mode of city commuting. These are metered and available throughout the city. The city bus service is very inexpensive, though crowded.
ACCOMMODATION
LUXURY HOTELS
Luciya Continental, East Fort. Tel: 463443; Fax: 463347.

Mascot (KTDC), Palayam Tel: 438990.

Pankaj, M.G. Road Tel: 464645, Fax: 465020.

STANDARD HOTELS :
Silver Sand, Thampanoor Flyover Tel: 460318.

Hotel Chaitram, Thampanoor Tel: 330977.

Highlands, Manjalaikulam Road, Tel: 68200, 68457; Fax: 69645 

Paramount Tourist Home, Aristo Jn. Tel: 63474.

Lal Tourist Home, Near railway station Thampanoor Tel: 68477.

Ammu, Manjalikulam Road, Thampanoor Tel: 331937, 331906.

Geeth, Pulimood Jn. Tel: 71941, 71987 (10 lines).

Jas, Thycaud, Aristo Jn. Tel: 64881 (10 lines); Fax: 64443.

PAYING GUEST ACCOMMODATION
Thopil, TC14/368, Palaya Tel: 62256. 

Shopping
Carved rosewood, teak furniture and decorative items, masks depicting various characters of Indian mythology (usually worn in Kathakali performances, Thyyams and other classical dances), are important products in the markets of Kerala.

A speciality of Thiruvananthapuram is Arammula metal mirror produced by mixing certain herbs with molten metal to give it a highly reflective surface.

The main shopping area of the city is the stretch On M.G. Road between East Fort and Palayam. Most emporia are located in this area. Gram Sree, the village crafts centre, is one of the best places.

Tours
Kerala Tourism Development Corporation operates sightseeing tours by coach for places of interest in the city as well as for excursions to other tourist centres. The city tour is run on all days, except Monday, from 8 am to 7 pm (Rs. 70).

The following tours are also organised:
Kanyakumari, daily, Rs. 150;

Ponmudi, daily, Rs. 100;

Periyar, on Saturdays, 2 days, Rs. 300;

Kodaikanal, last Saturday, 3 days, Rs. 500;

Courtallam, every Saturday/ Sunday, Rs. 150.

Photo Shops
Bavens Studio, Pulimoodu, M.G. Road Tel: 71791.
Minerva Studio, Station Road Tel: 331575.

Paramount Photographers, M.G. Road Tel: 331686, 331643.

Ajanta Studio, Aristo Junction.

Five Star Photographers, LMS Compound Tel : 432394.
Important Phone Numbers
Police: Tel: 100.Fire: Tel: 101.Ambulance: Tel: 102
Festivals
The annual races of the snake-boats are usually held during the second week of August. While the races are the most publicised event, there are other festivals where boats are used.

In the second week of September, at Aranmula, 128 km from Thiruvananthapuram, a procession of boats and races is held as part of the Festival of the Parthasarthy Temple.

Another important festival of snake-boats' display is a procession at Champakkulam, 16 km from Alappuzha. This festival is held in July in honour of Lord Krishna.

Elephants form an important part of temple property. Pooram Festival at Trichur, generally in the third week of April, is the most magnificent display of caparisoned elephants when they form the procession at Vadakkunathan Temple.

Finely dressed elephants also form a procession at Thiruvananthapuram in November as a part of the Arat Festival at Padmanabha Temple.

SIGHTSEEING
 
Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple
devoted to Lord Vishnu, is the most dominating feature of the city. The deity is depicted in a reclining position resting on the holy serpent, Anantha. The profusely carved seven-storey Mandapam is a fine example of south Indian sculpture. The temple was rebuilt by Raja Marthanda Varma in 1733 A.D. However, like in many other temples in Kerala, entry to the temple is restricted only to the Hindus and strict dress regulations are enforced.
The Public Park
It is also the best place for interests beyond religion. For, here are centred a variety of institutions, like the Napier Museum with a fine collection of Kerala bronzes, ornaments and costumes and a model of 'Tharawad', a traditional Nair family home; the Sri Chitra Art Gallery, the centre-piece ofthe gallery being the collection of the works of Raja Ravi Varma of Travancore and a number of Mughal and Rajput miniatures; the Observatory Hill; and the Zoo, the second-oldest in the country, is set in 50 acres and is complete with an artificial island, a hanging bridge and an aquarium. Generally, the visiting hours are from 10am to 11pm. Monday closed.

Other museums of interest are the Science and Technology Museum, Priyadarshini Planetarium near Hotel Mascot (10am to 5pm, closed on Monday) and Chacha Nehru Children's Museum, Thycaud, housing dolls, masks and paintings.

EXCURSIONS
 
Aruvippuram (24 km)
A small Shiva temple attracts a large number of worshippers during the festival of Shivaratri. There is a small waterfall here.
Aruvikkara (16 km)
A pilgrim centre and a place of tourist interest, Aruvikkara is situated on the banks of the Karamana river. There is an ancient temple here dedicated to Bhagavathi, built on a rock on the right bank of the river. There is an Inspection Bungalow here and the reservation authority is the assistant executive engineer, Kerala Water Authority.
Agasthyakoodam (61 km)
This is a prominent peak in the Sahyadri ranges and is conspicuous by its height and isolation when seen from a distance. 
Kovalam Beach (16 km)
It is one of the most beautiful beaches of the world.
Neyyar  Dam (32 km)
It is a popular picnic spot with a lake and a dam. Facilities for boating are provided in the reservoir. There is a crocodile farm and a lion safari park to visit along with a wildlife sanctuary. Bus services are frequent. Accommodation is available in Agastya House.
Padmanabhapuram Palace (54 km)
A 'teak edifice' of yesteryears from where Maharaja Marthanda Varma ruled Travancore state. Set in scenic surroundings along the Thiruvananthapuram Kanyakumari route, the palace is well maintained. It was in use from 1550-1790, and has beautiful carvings, and 17th and 18th century murals. There is a good restaurant on the premises which serves Indian food. Accommodation in the area is not aplenty.
Sucheendram Temple (74 km)
A Shiva/Brahma/Vishnu temple, the stone carvings are intricate and worth spending some time on. There is a huge Hanuman statue and a musical pillar.
Varkala (51 km)
It is known for its Vishnu shrine dedicated to Lord Janardhana. This temple is believed to be 2,000 years old. The Sivagiri Mutt situated at an elevation 3 km east of the Janardhana Temple, is held sacred by Hindu pilgrims. Varkala is a seaside resort with mineral water springs. There is a Government Guest House and a few mid-range hotels. Taj Garden Retreat, Varkala, is the latest addition.
TOURIST  INFORMATION  CENTRES
Government of Kerala Tourist Information Centre, Park View, opposite Museum. Tel: 321132, Fax: 0471-62279.

Government of India Tourist Information Counter, Thiruvananthapuram Airport Tel: 451498.

Government of Kerala Tourist Information Counter, Central Bus Station, Thampanoor , Tel: 3272144; and at Railway Station.

Kerala Tourism Development Corporation Reception Centre, near Central Bus Station, Thampanoor Tel: 330031.

Foreigners' Registration Office, Office of the Police Commissioner, Thycaud Tel: 321399.

Government of Kerala Tourist Information Centre, Kovalam Tel: 480085.

 

 

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