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This spectacular pink mosque, located next to the busy market, is a prominent Muslim religious sight in the city. The historic location is visited by a large number of tourists as well as locals. The architecture is unique and the pink color tone adds vibrancy to the sight. The Dargah Sherif (Mausoleum) is an attraction inside the mosque. The annual festival of the mosque is attended by large number of people from all religions. Do visit Beemappally Mosque to see the distinctive ways of Indian religious inclinations.
Jalakanyaka is a giant statue created by the popular artist Kanayi Kunhiraman is a marvelous spectacle near the Shankumugham Beach. The voluptuous structure depicts a mermaid (locally known as Jalakanyaka) in a relaxed posture. The statue owes its fame to the flawless creative finesse of the artist. Flocks of tourists coming to the beach can be seen appreciating the sculpture that measures more than 115 foot (35 meters). besides, this sculpture is near the Shankumugham Devi temple which is also popular attraction, and the Indian Coffee House, a fine eatery.
Built by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma, the Puthen Malika Palace Museum or Kuthira Malika Palace Museum is one of the most beautiful sights in the city. It will give you a glimpse of Kerala's past which is a symbol of honor and glory. The museum holds exquisite items and artifacts that once belonged to the Travancore royal family. The architectural valor of the palace, reflecting the Travancore style architecture, will take your breath away. Located in one of the most historic parts of the city with Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple to its west, Kuthiramalika Palace Museum is a must-visit!
The Vetti Muricha Kotta is a part of the heritage East Fort and located on the south of the iconic East Fort gate. According to a popular belief, this fort was named, 'Vetti Muricha Kotta', meaning 'cut open fort', as this section of the fort, which was once a wall, was demolished to build a new gate. This was done to facilitate an alternate entrance for King Vishakam Thirunal of the Travancore dynasty who was advised against the use of the main gate by an astrologer. Today, this gate is preserved by the State's Archaeological Department and has room for guards on either side.
The Padmatheertha pond (Lotus Pond) in Thiruvananthapuram is located along the street that leads to the ancient Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple from the East Fort gate. Ever-since its existence, which is believed to be around the same time of the temple, devotees of the temple have dipped in this sacred temple pond as part of the cleansing ritual before entering the temple. This pond is flanked by a cave on the north-east side in which lies a small Shiva temple. However, the most interesting part of this landmark is a raised stone at its center that bears footmarks of Lord Vishnu, who people believe gave divine guidance to Lord Brahma while standing on it. The pond, along with the temple, is one of the main attractions at the city center.
Methan Mani is a clock tower installed in 1840s during the reign of the then king of Travancore Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma on the Old Fort Palace in East Fort. A complex pulley mechanism, the clock is marked by a face of a bearded man on its dial and sheep on either side of the cheeks. An amusing feature of the clock is that as the clock strikes an hour, the sheep hit the side of the man's face, with the sound of a clock chime. It is believed that the clock was installed to commemorate the victory of the kingdom of Travancore over Tipu Sultan, making it a famous landmark of the city. This clock is clearly visible from the street that leads to the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple.
A site that is revered by the Indian state of Kerala, East Fort is an inextricable part of the city of Thiruvananthapuram. This is the oldest part of the city and it is enclosed within the angelic white, fortified walls of the fort built during the reign of King Marthanda Varma. East Fort is dotted with several architectural marvels that range from august houses, the beautiful Padmatheertha Pond and the most popular Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Anantha Vilasam Palace and the Saraswathi Vilasam Palace are other must-see sites here. East Fort is always bustling with energy and is frequented by visitors and locals alike. Just like architectural, cultural nuances can be spotted on East Fort's winding streets making it a venue for many theatrical and musical events.
Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum, as it was previously known, is the capital city of Kerala situated between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats. One of the oldest cities in the country, Thiruvananthapuram is home to major government and administrative offices and is the commercial center of the state with 80 percent of its I.T. export coming from the city. Due to its traditional and cultural history, you can find several heritage structures at the heart of the city, including the Padmanabhaswamy temple, St. Joseph's Metropolitan Cathedral, Government Secretariat and Palayam Juma Masjid. The three crescent shaped Kovalam beaches are a major hot-spot for leisure and fun activities, and attract many tourists. Once referred to by Mahatma Gandhi as the 'Evergreen City of India', Thiruvananthapuram is a paradise nestled in the southern-most part of India. Call the toll free tourist information center +1 800 425 4747 for more information.