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Enjoy the lush green beauty and calm beaches of Thiruvananthapuram
Thiruvananthapuram, previously known as Trivandrum is the capital of the God’s Own Country and it is a beautiful holiday destination. Each year numerous Indian as well as foreign tourists visit this awe inspiring holiday destination. Thiruvananthapuram when split into "Tiru","Anantha""puram" means “abode of Lord Anantha” and here you can enjoy the splendor of the seven green hills along with the quiet and refreshing beaches. We will recommend you to enjoy a relaxing massage and get your soul enlightened with yoga. There are narrow streets and lanes which reflect the cultural flavors of the city. Thiruvananthapuram is surrounded by Tiruneveli from the eastern side; Kanyakumari is in the South of this city and in the northern direction is Kollam. It is a must not miss place if you are visiting Kerala.

History and culture of the capital city Thiruvananthapuram:
There is an interesting history attached to Thiruvananthapuram. As we have already mentioned that Thiruvananthapuram derived its name from God Anantha. There is an ancient temple of lord Anantha here in the heart of the city and the kings of this place used to call them “Padmanabha-Dasa", which means "servants of LORD Ananthapadmanabha". Kings who ruled here considered themselves as the servants of their lord who served for LORD Anantha-Padmanabha.
Since ancient times, Thiruvananthapuram celebrates and preserves its history of art and culture. The ancient Kings who ruled here were artists themselves and they contributed in the promotion of local arts. The famous Karnatak and Hindustani composer and musician, Swathi Tirunal and famous ancient poet Raja Ravi Varma are few of them.

Famous attractions in the city of Thiruvananthapuram:
Check out the beautiful and must to visit attractions in Thiruvananthapuram:

Zoological gardens:
The zoological gardens of Thiruvananthapuram are really impressive and here you can enjoy the beautiful lake, amazing animals like tigers, macaques and exotic birds. There is a reptile house which is a superb attraction within the zoological garden. 

Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple:
Thiruvananthapuram has an ancient Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple which is 260 years old. Spread across an area of 2400 sq meters, this breathtaking temple has a majestic entrance which is 30m tall. The architecture of this temple is intriguing with a seven-tier eastern gopuram. There is a beautiful idol of Padmanabha made up of around 10,000 salagramam is reclining on the sacred serpent. It is said that the salagramam used in the temple came from Nepal on elephant.

Veli Tourist Park:
The Veli Tourist Park is a striking attraction which has amazingly pretty, huge sculptures made by Kanai Kunhiraman a local artist. This tourist park is a nice place for day picnic with friends and family.

Puthe Maliga Palace Museum:
In Thiruvananthapuram, there is Puthe Maliga Palace Museum where artifacts of the kings of Travancore are preserved. The traditional architecture of the palace reflects Kerala’s history and influence. Inside the museum you can see the portraits of various kings who ruled in, the images of Kathakali dancers adorn the walls of the museum and there are ornate thrones which add charming beauty to the museum.

Special attractions in Thiruvananthapuram:
When in Kerala, grab on the local cuisines of Thiruvananthapuram. Do not miss the exotic flavors of south Indian food like tasty Appam, delicious Rasam, Idlis, and Idiappams. If you are a non-vegetarian slurps on the Meen Curry and Meen Pollichathu. Other amazingly tasty dishes include Karikku, Avial, Kottucurry, Olan, Puttu, Dosas, Kappa, etc. There are more than hundred Ayurvedic massage parlors in the city and we will recommend you to indulge yourself in the relaxing experience.

Shopping around the city: Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city offers great authentic products if you are a keen shopper. You can buy coffee from here and I will also recommend you to buy the authentic Nilgiri Export OP Leaf Tea, spices, nuts and the local handicrafts.


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