Visit the art museum, get lazy on the beach all day or explore the zoo of the place, these are some of the things that you can do while in Thiruvananthapuram. The major hub of tourism in South India, the place has taken shape over the past decade. Let’s check which the other places to visit in Thiruvananthapuram are.
Religious places to visit in Thiruvananthapuram
Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple
It is one of the most iconic attractions in Thiruvananthapuram which is synonymous with the city itself. The beautiful architecture and close proximity to the city center make this temple must explore.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and only Hindus are allowed to enter. Timings are from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM which may vary as per the season.
Varkala’s pilgrimage town, the temple is the resting place of Sree Narayana Guru. Spread in 200 acres, the astonishing surroundings of the temple will not only take your heart away but also offers a calm experience.
If you visit the temple during the months of August and September, make sure to enjoy the birthday celebrations of Guru. The timings are from 5:30 AM to 12:00 PM and 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM every day.
Madavoorpara Siva Temple
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is unique in its own way. Merely 17 km from Thiruvananthapuram, the temple offers beautiful carvings of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi.
The timings are from 09:00 AM to 08:00 PM whereas the entry fee is Rs 4 – Rs 6.
Cultural places to visit in Thiruvananthapuram
Puthe Maliga Palace Museum
Some collections by the royal family of Travancore along with some exquisite paintings are some of the things to explore here. The magnificent structure which was once the home to the Travancore royals is a sight to behold.
The museum is also the hub for cultural events and even hosts the festival in January and February every year with artists from all over the country. It is one of the best places to visit in Thiruvananthapuram and the timings are from Tuesday to Sunday (09:00 AM to 01:00 PM and 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM) while the entry fee is Rs 15 – Rs 50.
Built-in 1880 and known as the architectural masterpiece, the museum is the home of many bronze idols and ornaments among other historical artificial. The museum is located 4 km from Thiruvananthapuram and one will also get to explore The Sree Chitra Art Gallery which is on the premises itself.
The timings of the museum are from 10:00 AM to 04:30 PM on Tue & Thu-Sun and 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM on Wednesday. The museum remains closed on Monday, the entry fee is Rs 5 – Rs 20.
The 17th-century fort and one of the major attractions in Thiruvananthapuram is the national heritage monument which is located at Varkala, 1-hour drive from Thiruvananthapuram. The cemetery is made at the entrance and you’ll also get to see the beautiful view of beach and lighthouse from the top of the fort as it doesn’t remain much crowded. Timing to explore the fort is from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM every day.
Beaches to visit in Thiruvananthapuram
If you want to taste the local cuisine of the street, head to this beach. Filled with different activities every evening and in close proximity to the airport, the beach is must visit in Thiruvananthapuram. The beach is known the best for its starfish restaurant and mermaid statue.
The 17km long coastline which has been divided naturally to three beaches is the paradise itself. Hawah, Lighthouse, and Samudra beaches are all pristine which are also ideal for swimming.
Great food with so many restaurants, water sports, and festivals make this place one of the best places to visit in Thiruvananthapuram.
Facts about Thiruvananthapuram
Best time to visit the place: All throughout the year but it would be better if you visit during the winter months for the better experience.
Days to spend: Minimum three days so that you could check out the famous attractions. If you have more time, try to spend at least a week here.
Some of the other places which you can explore in Thiruvananthapuram if you are on a long holiday include Kerala Ayurvedic Massage, Chalai Bazaar and Neyyar Dam.