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The Capital of "God's Own Country"
Thiruvananthapuram and its famous beaches are one of the most loved tourist destination in India. It is the capital city of Kerala, the "God's own Country". Popularly the city is known by its Anglicised name Trivandrum. The originally name Tiruvananthapuram, literally splits into "Tiru","Anantha""puram" meaning "the town of Lord Ananatha", the scared snake of Hindu Mythology. The city has a noteworthy history of fine art and culture. Trivandrum is also famous for its intricately carved temples.

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Shree Padhmanabhaswamy temple
Shree Padhmanabhaswamy temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is held legendary by the Hindus. The temple has a huge complex with a huge gopuram. It has a tank beside it for ritual bathing.

Kovalam is 12 kms to the south of Thiruvananthapuram and is one of the finest beaches in India. It has been developed into an integrated seaside resort. The beach complex has many hotels, cottages, yoga centres etc.

The Kanakakunnu Palace
This palace in the heart of Trivandrum city is one of the most beautiful buildings. The palace and its spanning grounds are today the sight for many cultural meets. Some other Places are : Vizhinjam - modern fishing harbour. Ponmudi - A pleasant resort at an elevation of 912m above sea level. Veli lagoon - The boat club providing facilities for pedal boating, row boating, swimming on the placid waters of the Veli lake.

TiruvananthapuramNot to Overlook - Excursions
The last tip of India, Kanyakumari is only 87 kms from Trivandrum. Also known as Cape Comorin, this beautiful spot is based in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu .

This is a pilgrim sight for the devotees of Sree Narayana Guru, one of the patron saints of Kerala. It is only 51 kms from Trivandrum by road and also features of one of the best beaches in the State.

Travellers Factoid
Location : To the southwest coast of India in the state of Kerala.
Language : Malayalam, Considerable % of people speaks Hindi & English.
Best time to Visit : Through out the year, best time is September to May.
Climate : Humid, tropical
Speciality : Beaches and Temples

Getting There
By Air : Trivandrum is well connected to all major cities of India and the neighbouring countries. There are direct flights to Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, and Delhi.
By Rail : Trivandrum is connected to all important cities of India and Kerala by railways. Regular trains are available for the neighbouring states of Karnataka and Tamilnadu.
By Road : Trivandrum is like d with Kollam (1½ hours), Alappuzha (3¼ hours), Ernakulam (5 hours), Trichur (6¾ hours), Chennai (17 hours), Madurai (10 hours), and Pondicherry (16 hours) by roadways

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