Tourist Attractions of Thiruvananthpuram

The Gateway to the southern tip of India is Thiruvananthpuram. Among the many beaches along the Lakshadweep Sea the most famous one is the Kovalam Beach. There are many hill stations in the north and east side of Thiruvananthpuram in the densely forested Cardamom (Ponumudi) Hills. The city is also one of Kerala’s main centers of Ayurvedic.

In this article I am exploring the natural beauty of Thiruvananthpuram.


Until the 1960s Kovalam was just a sleepy fishing village. There were narrow lanes and thatched dwellings with wide courtyards for drying fish. But its spectacular beach and crystal clear water was once discovered since then it has become favorite tourist destination and holidaying place among the tourists who visit Kerala. Initially it has acquired a reputation of being a shabby and down-market resort but now it attracts rich and famous also who come to this beach in their private planes. The beaches are dotted with both luxury and budget resorts as well as cafes. There are many government-approved Ayurvedic centers that offer anything from a simple massage to three-week ayurvedic treatment. Handicrafts and inexpensive beachwear are also can be bought from the hawkers who have set up their stalls.

Kovalam has four beaches within short walking distance of each other. Those four beaches are Samudra Beach, Ashok Beach, Eve’s Beach and Lighthouse. Southern part of these beaches is more crowded camparing to the northern part which is more secluded. There you can go for safe swimming in the placid blue waters and for many water sports.

Instead of onslaught of mass tourism Kovalam has still retained its inherent charm and thus it can be said to be India’s finest and most popular beach resort.


It is a small but beautiful beach 40 km from Thiruvananthpuram district. This beach town is better known among locals as a major pilgrimage centre. According to legends, the sage Narad flung a cloth which was made from the bark of the tree, into the air. That cloth landed at the spot where the small town of Varkala now stands. It is said that Narada then directed his desciples to pray for salvation at the newly created beach. Thus this little beautiful beach came to known as Papnasham Beach or the ‘Beach of Redemption. Here Hindus immerse the ashes of their dead here since then.

There is Janardhana Swamy Temple at the heart of the city. This temple is believed to be 2,000 years old. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and it is a great pilgrimage attraction. It is believed that among many bells in the temple there is one bell that was given by a Dutch sailor in gratitude to Lord Krishna after his prayers were answered.

There is also The Memorial of Sree Narayan Guru (1855-1928) which attracts lot of devotees and pilgrimage. It is at Sivagiri which is 3 km east of the temple. It is the memorial of the great saint and social reformer who advocated “one caste, one religion, one god for mankind” and everyday countless devotees flock to the memorial.
With its backdrop of red laterite cliffs overlooking the beach, Varkala has now emerged as a popular resort and spa. It is the centre for Ayurvedic treatment and yoga.


This hill station is 61 km from the Thiruvananthpuram district. Ponmudi means” Golden Crown” which is the best name for it. It has a height of 915 m from the base of thick tropical forest. It is surrounded by tea states and forested hills. This hill station is still unspoiled and refreshingly cool. Most time of the year it remains mist-shrouded. It has narrow winding paths and verdant environs which offers pleasant walk. The charm of this place is greatly enhanced by the wild flowers that grow in abundance on the banks of gurgling brooks.


It is the highest peak with an elevation of 1,890 m in the southern Kerala. It is 60 km from Thiruvananthpuram. It forms part of the Western Ghats. In 1992 the Agasthyavanam Forest was designated a sanctuary. It has very importance for both Hindus and Buddhists. Hindus believed it to be an abode of sage Agastya who was the disciple of Lord Shiva according to the legends. Buddhists believed it to be the abode of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. The hills are rich in medicinal herbs and orchids. Many species of birds and wildlife are being harboured in the hills. Trekking is permitted there between December and April.

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