Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum in Sothern India has many delightful excursions to offer for the tourist. There are temples, museums, art galleries, zoos and observatories. While hopping form one place to the other one should not forget to enjoy a typical spice south Indian meal or a thaali at one of the restaurants in town.
For anyone planning to spend some time exploring this southern town through a city tour, there are a few must visit places. Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple is one of the main places that one could go to. It spans close to 2,500 square metres and is said to be as old as 260 years. It is one of the holiest places of the Vaishnaviates in India.
If you are keen on catching a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage of Kerala Naipur Museum is the must visit. It is believed to have been built in the 1880s and showcases Chinese, Italian, Dutch and Kelara architectural styles. There is an impressive collection of ivory work, bronze work, chariots and many other artefacts, which are sure to capture your imagination. For those who are keen on kathakali, one can find figurines of dancers in full costume as well.
For those travelling with kids, the zoo would be an interesting day out. There are lakes and woodlands and both adults and kids could take long walks in the shaded areas and paths. The botanical gardens have all their trees named and there is also a reptile garden in addition to the animals and birds.
If it is art that fascinates the visitor, there is Shri Chitra art gallery. There are paintings from a variety of periods ranging from Mughal, Tanjore and Rajput schools of art. There is also a collection of paintings from the Asian region, so the art lovers are sure to have a wonderful time here. These are some of the must visits during the city tour.
For those who are making a holiday in the southern city, there are a number of Kerala Resort to stay at. For holiday makers are looking for a Beach Hotel Kerala, there is Poovar Island Resort, overlooking placid backwaters and sure to provide one a calm and a quiet holiday to rest and relax in unmatched style and elegance.