Thiruvananthapuram (a.ka. Trivandrum) is the capital city of the South Indian state, Kerala. The historic monuments, beautiful sandy beaches, breezy backwaters, historic monuments & rich cultural heritage attracts tourists of all kinds. There are many famous temples in Trivandrum. There are numerous holiday rental properties in Trvandrum which are spread all over the region. HolidayRentals.co.in is India’s only and the number one website for listing self catering vacation rental properties in Indian travel destinations, towns & cities.
The main tourist attraction in Trivandrum is Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is one of the 108 holy abodes of Lord Vshnu. The city got its name - ‘Thiru’ ‘Anantha’ ‘Puram’ meaning Sacred Abode of Lord Anantha Padmanabha from this temple. This temple is constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture. In the temple, there is the deity of Padmanabhaswamy, which is enshrined in a reclining posture on a serpant called Anantha with his consorts Goddesses Sridevi & Bhudevi by his side. The idol is covered with "Katusarkara yogam", an ayurvedic mix, which hardens to form a plaster. This is made of 12,000 Saligramams taken from the sacred rivers of the Gandaki River in Nepal. Recently the temple has become more famous for its assets valued to Rs. 90,000 crores. There is a 56 day long Murajapam performed in every 6 years. Only Hindus are permitted to enter this temple. A large number of tourists visit the temple every day. There are guesthouses, homestays and apartments near the temple for the tourists.
The other famous temple in Trivandrum district is the Janardhanaswamy Temple in Varkala. The temple is more than 2000 years old. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Near to this famous temple is the Varkala beach. The beach is also known as Papanasam beach. There is a belief that a dip in the waters of Papanasam Beach washes away all the sins in one's life. There are several holiday beach resorts adjacent to the beach, as a large number of tourists visit this beach and also the temple in season and also off season. Sivagiri Mutt is another famous tourist spot in Varkala. This is one of the popular memorials of Shri Narayana Guru. The Shanghumugham beach is another famous holiday spot located close to the Trivandrum International airport. The white sandy shoreline here is always very clean. Three main beaches in Trivandrum are Kovalam beach, Varkala Papanasam beach and Shanghumugham beach.
The Observatory is one of the most visited tourist spots in Trivandrum. It is situated on a hill opposite to the Kanakakunnu Palace. Tourists can have a bird’s eye view of the city from the Observatory. Sree Chithra Art Gallery is a tourist spot in Trivandrum situated near to the Napier museum. The Art Gallery has a complete collection of Raja Ravi Varma paintings. There are also displays of exquisite Mughal, Rajasthani & Rajput art. The popular Tanjore and Balinese paintings can be seen here. The Art Gallery attracts international art lovers as it has displays of Tibetan, Chinese and Japanese art works. There are also a section on miniature paintings. The Napier Museum is a history museum named after Lord Napier, who was the governor of the then Madras. The Indo-Gothic structures in the Museum boasts of natural air conditioning. There you can see rare collections of ivory carvings, ancient ornaments, temple chariot & bronze idols. There is also a Zoological garden in the museum ground. The Zoological Park in Trivandrum is the India's first Zoological Park. This holiday spot in Trivandrum attracts both children & adults alike. There are around 75 different species of animals & birds from India & countries like Ehtiopia & Australia in this Zoo. The prominent species of animals found here are Lion-tailed Macaque, Nilgiri Langur, Nilgiri Tahr, Manipur deer, Indian Rhino, Asiatic Lion and the Royal Bengal Tiger. The Kanakakunnu Palace next to the Napier Museum is a reflection of magnificent architecture & intricate craftsmanship. There are cultural programs organised showcasing the city's rich heritage against the backdrop of this palace. There are varieties of holiday rental properties available nearby these tourist attractions such as bed & breakfasts, homestays and guesthouses. There are also villas and apartments in the nearest places such as Kowdiar, Vellayambalam & Sasthamangalam which ensure safe and comfortable stay for you in Trivandrum. We have listed the best in class holiday rental cottages, bed & breakfasts, resorts, apartments, villas, homestays and also guest houses in Trivandrum in our website holidayrentals.co.in. Our advanced search option helps you easily find the right holiday accommodations that fits your budget and convenience, travelers can always make direct contact with the property owner from our website before finalising their reservations. We have introduced the backpacker traveler friendly dormitories for Group, budget & cheap holiday stays.
Akkulam is another picnic spot in Trivandrum developed on the banks of Akulam Lake. This is an extension of the Veli Lake. The calm, serene atmosphere and its natural beauty attracts tourists from all parts. There is a Boat Club in Akkulam. The club now operates speed, safari, pedal and row boats from Akkulam to Veli Tourist Village. There is a traditional style Kettuvallam or house boat available for overnight stay. The swimming pool at Akkulam has glider and other playing facilities. There is also a Children’s Park attracting children, in Akkulam. There are dormitory and guesthouse holiday accommodation available near the lake which ensure safe stay for the tourists.
Veli Lake is one of the main tourist attractions on the outskirts of Trivandrum city. There is a tourist village and boat club which attracts tourists. There are facilities for pedal-boating, row boating, swimming, get together, etc. There are dormitory accommodations available near the lake.
Neyyar dam another tourist attraction in Trivandrum district is located 32 kms from Trivandrum city. The dam is built, where the three rivers Neyyar, Mullayar, and Kallar meet. Here there is a wild life sanctuary established to preserve wild life, along with a crocodile farm and Lion & deer safari parks. There are entry fees to enter crocodile farm and a watchtower in the region. You can opt a guided trek here as the big cats are rarely spotted here. At a distance of 30 minute ride from here is an elephant rehabilitation center. There are private as well as government guesthouses and holiday apartments in Neyyar dam to ensure a great stay for tourists visiting there.
Ponmudi is a hill resort 61 km from Trivandrum city. You can see several tea and rubber estates around the hill. There are vacation guesthouses and dormitory accommodation facilities available for the tourists to ensure a safe and comfortable stay there. There is a deer park in Ponmudi. There are also hill-trails for hiking.
Agasthyarkoodam is another tourist spot about 70 km from Trivandrum. The main attraction here is the Neelakurinji, a flower which blooms only once in twelve years. The place is rich in many ayurvedic herbs and medicinal plants. You have to obtain a forest pass from the Wildlife Warden at the Forest Department there, for trekking.
If you are planning for an exceptional holiday stay in Trivandrum then Poovar is the great choice. It is located 38 kms from Trivandrum. Here you can see a rare assembling of lake, river, sea and the beach with the land. You can reach this island in just fifteen minutes by boat. There are many accommodation facilities in this island such as homestays, resorts, guesthouses, etc. You can choose those suiting your needs. You can book in advance through our site holidayrentals.co.in. There are many ancient monuments and religious places in Poovar. The most popular attraction in Poovar is the Central Mosque built by Malik ibn Dinar around 1400 years ago.
A homestay is truly a perfect accommodation for those who wish to explore the culture and nature of the chosen destination in the most exciting manner. Homestays in Trivandrum are affordable, reliable, and well equipped to serve you with affinity and hospitability. In the terms of last two factors, nothing can beat a homestay; not even a resort. What most tourists love about these homes is the hospitable nature of the people who are always keen to help or guide you no matter where you wished to go! Above all, homestays in Trivandrum are among the highly affordable accommodations in Kerala to relish.
The best time to visit Trivandrum city is from October to February when the weather is pleasant. Trivandrum has its own Central railway station and International airport. The Trivandrum International Airport is just 10 km from the city center. Holiday Rentals wish all travelers our motto “Explore India… Enjoy India…” have a wonderful exploration & stay in Trivandrum.