Thruvananthapuram, also known as Trivandrum, is the capital of Kerala. The city is spread
out across seven low hills and is an interesting mix of commercial establishments, historical
and modern structures, ancestral houses and being the capital of the state, many majestic
government buildings.

Located on the west coast of India near the extreme south of the mainland and built around
an ancient Hindu temple in the centre, the city is characterized by its undulating terrain of
low coastal hills and busy commercial alleys. Besides being the largest and most populous
city in Kerala and its IT hub with over 80% of the state's software exports,

Thiruvananthapuram ranks first in the number of international tourist arrivals in Kerala and
is the gateway to the popular beaches of Kovalam and Varkala, renowned beaches nearby,
historic monuments and a rich cultural heritage, all together make this district a much sought
after destination.

Apart from being the political nerve centre of Kerala, it is also a major academic hub and is
home to several educational institutions and to many science and technology institutions.

Places of interest

Agasthyakoodam - Agasthyakoodam is the second highest peak in Kerala at a height of
1890 metres above sea level and a part of the Shayadri range of mountains. Teeming with
wildlife and an abundance of rare medicinal plants, Agasthyakoodam is also a birdwatcher

Napier Museum A 19th century building in the Indo Sarcenic style of architecture,
this museum boasts of a rare collection of archaeological and historical artifacts, idols,
ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings.

Padmanabhapuram Palace Situated at Thakkala, on the way to Kanyakumari, this was
once the capital of the kingdom of Travancore. An example of the architectural style unique
to Travancore, the palace is renowned for its 17th and 18th century murals.

Koyikal Palace Built in the traditional Nalukettu style of architecture, this twin storyed, 15th
century palace belonged to the Venad dynasty.

Kuthiramalikka Palace The palace is a fine example of the traditional Travancore style of
architecture and embellished with exquisite wood carvings. The palace got its name because
of the shape of horses heads carved on the exterior walls.

Kovalam This internationally renowned beach has been popular with travelers for long.
Kovalam consists of three adjacent crescent shaped beaches. The southern most beach,
called the lighthouse beach is the most famous.

Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin) A four hour drive from Trivandrum and located at the
southern most tip of India at the confluence of three oceans, Kanyakumari offers a couple of
nice beaches and spectacular sunsets.

Varkala - A relatively quieter beach and an important centre of pilgrimage for Hindus. High
cliffs with mineral springs offer excellent views of the Arabian Sea making Varkala the choice

of travelers seeking a serene beach holiday.

Shanmugham Beach Located on the outskirts of the city and close to the airport, the beach
is a favourite with sunset watchers.

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