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Though not in its full splendor, the remnants of a historic trading destination still stands as a major sight for tourists visiting the beautiful beach town of Varkala. Anjengo Fort was a major location of spice trade in Kerala in the 17th Century. Built of black stone, the fort has a definite visual appeal. The lush green garden around the fort is well maintained and complements the dark grandeur of the fort. Do visit the place to feel a subdued undertone of British rule memories.
The renowned Malayalam poet Mahakavi Kumaranasan's home is transformed into a beautiful memorial site on the National highway about 25 kilometers (15 miles) from Thiruvananthapuram city center. Emanating peace and serenity, this place is excellently maintained. The green background and the white pillars infuse a mystic charm to the memory of the melancholic poet. There is a brilliantly carved sculpture of a mermaid in the complex which attracts considerable attention on its own. This is a prominent attraction which is visited by large number of tourists and local admirers of the poet. Visit Mahakavi Kumaranasan Memorial Thonnakkal when you are in the city and it will be a remarkable experience.
The Santhigiri Ashram in Pothencode, Thiruvananthapuram is a spiritual center that has been described by the Government of India as a Social and Scientific Research Organization. It was founded in 1964 by Navajyothi Sri Karunakara Guru who built a simple thatched roof hut on the then barren ground that served as a prayer hall and his residence for years to follow. Today, the ashram is set inside a large premise that holds the spectacular and unique Lotus shaped Parnasala (prayer hall) which was built by the followers of guru. Opened to public on September 12, 2010 by the President of India Prathibha Patil, this 29 meter (95 feet) tall structure comprises a statue of the guru and his remains beneath it. The ashram is also involved in various daily activities such as Annadanam (Feeding of the poor), Athurasevanam (Treatment for the ailing) and Athmabodhanam (Spiritual Awakening), which were believed to be the objectives of the guru. This ashram is a major tourist attraction in the city visited by thousands of tourists every month. Visit their website to know more.
A visit to Thiruvananthapuram will not be complete without being in the Veli tourist village where the Arabian Sea and Veli lake pose an amazing visual treat. Developed into a tourist village of the highest class, this location has a range of leisure activities including boating through the lake and an artificial swimming pool. After a fun day you can enjoy a meal at any of the many restaurants like KTDC Floating Restaurant, PS Restaurant and others that dot the region. The whole village is creatively landscaped with sculptures perfected with artistic finesse. The brilliant natural spectacle here is the sandy piece of land that separates the lagoon from the sea. Include this beach destination in your itinerary while traveling around the city, you will definitely enjoy it.
A beautiful tourist destination in the city, this lake side village has a lot of fun activities including boating. The vast lake and the green shores blend in with the crimson sky to form a surreal landscape during evenings. Owing to the natural beauty of the place, large number of tourists and locals can be spotted here with a relaxed attitude. Located close to the Medical College Hospital, this place can be easily accessed by road. Public transportation is also available. Do visit and enjoy a speed boat ride through the charming Akkulam Lake. Though admission is free to the village, rates are applicable for boat services.
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.
Situated inside the Science and Technology Museum complex in Thiruvananthapuram, Priyadarshini Planetarium is a domed structure comprising an air conditioned Sky theater that is equipped with GM - 11 star field projector. Inside the theater, the shows are mainly focused on children and students explaining various astronomical phenomena beginning from the origin of Solar System. The planetarium is open during the museum hours and hosts four shows at fixed timings every day. Established in 1994, this planetarium provides an interactive and a fun way to educate children about astronomy.
The Niyamasabha Mandiram building is a major landmark in the city, not just because of its political importance but also because of its architectural distinctiveness. The building is a high-security area, generally closed to the public. Visitors are allowed only in the visitors' pavilion where they are given information about the building and the proceedings inside its walls. It is an imposing structure flanked by beautiful water fountains and adorned with electric decorations. Use of mobile phones and cameras is prohibited inside the complex for security reasons.