previously known as Trivandrum, is the capital of Kerala,
India. This beautiful city is located near beautiful
beaches and serene backwaters and has several historic
temples and museums, making it a great place to begin
Kerala Tours with Kerala Backwater. The southernmost
district of the State, Thiruvananthapuram is bounded
by the wooded highlands of the Western Ghats on the
east and northeast, and the Arabian Sea on the west. A
long shoreline, with secluded, internationally renowned
beaches, historic monuments, backwater stretches and
a rich cultural heritage give this district some of
the most enchanting picnic spots. The main backwater
areas of Thiruvananthapuram are Thiruvallam and Veli.
The name Thiruvananthapuram means the
abode of Anantha the Snake God. In Hindu mythology Anantha
is the serpent on which Vishnu, the Preserver in the
Hindu pantheon, rests. Thiruvananthapuram city is built
on seven hills. Its notable landmarks include the Sree
Padmananbhaswamy Temple, which is believed to be 2000
years old. The museum attached to the temple has a number
of paintings by the renowned painter from Kerala, Raja
Ravi Verma. Thiruvananthapuram was previously the capital
of the founder of Travancore state Raja Marthanda Varma.
The modern capital of Kerala retains its historic heritage
in the form of temples, old monuments and palaces of
the kings of Travancore. You can tour the historic and
modern attractions of Thriruvananthapuram on Kerala
tours with Kerala Backwater.
Thiruvallam: Located about 6 kilometers
from Thiruvananthapuram. This serene backwater stretch,
enroute to Kovalam, is famous for its canoe rides. It
is the meeting point of two rivers-Killi and Karamana.
A temple dedicated to Parasurama, the legendary founder
of Kerala, is located in Thiruvallam. The stunningly
beautiful and serene stretch of the Thiruvallam backwaters
is temptingly close to Thiruvananthapuram. The backwater
destination of Thiruvallam. Makes a great one-day tour.
The renowned canoe rides make Thiruvallam popular with
the tourists. You may even enjoy the water sports in
the lagoon and the move to the beach from the village
using the floating bridge in the waterfront park. The
short village cruises using the country boats are the
perfect ways to enjoy the backwaters of Thiruvallam.
Tourist Village: Located about 8 kilometers from Thiruvananthapuram.
The Veli Tourist Village is bordered by the Veli lagoon
and the Arabian sea. The lagoon here is separated from
the sea by a narrow sand bar. Facilities at the village
include water sports in the lagoon and an 18-acre waterfront
park with a floating bridge that connects the village
to the beach. The Veli Tourist Village is sandwiched
between the Veli Lagoon and the Arabian Sea. The lagoon
here is separated from the sea by a narrow sand bar
Aakulam Boat Club: Is located 8 km from
Thiruvananthapuram city. This is a very popular picnic
spot with boating facilities on the lake and a children's
park with a Swimming pool.
The capital city of the kaleidoscopic
Kerala Thiruvananthapuram is a terrific tourist destination.
Thiruvananthapuram is a major center for tourists, politics
and industries. The soothing shoreline, beautiful beaches
and the backwater stretches make to explore the fascinating
beauty of the backwaters.
The most exciting thing on the backwaters
of Kerala, however, is the Kettuvallam ( traditional
houseboat ) which has become the most popular tourism
product in India today. In a land as water bound as
Kerala it wouldn't be an unusual sight, but for a visitor
to God's Own Country a houseboat gliding along the vast
green expanse of the backwaters is the most amazing
spectacle in the world. Even more enchanting is a holiday
in the houseboats of Kerala.
Some of the modern attractions of Thiruvananthapuram
include the Kanakakunnu Palace. The residence of the
erstwhile rulers of Travancore, Kerala, the palace is
now a venue for cultural events. The Napier Museum,
the Natural History museum and the Sri Chitra Art Gallery
are all worth visiting in Thiruvananthapuram. Thiruvananthapuram
is near the Thiruvallam backwaters and the beautiful
Kovalam Beach. So whether its Kerala backwaters or Kerala
beaches that you wish to see,
Other tourist destinations in Kerala
that are easily accessible from Thiruvananthapuram are
Ponmudi, a beautiful hill station, Varkala a scenic
beach and if you travel around 90 Km to Tamil Nadu you
will reach Kanyakumari, the southern most point of India.