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Thiruvananthapuram Zoo is part of the State's Museum Complex and was established in 1857 by the then King of Travancore kingdom to attract tourists. Spread across 55 acres that covers picturesque dense forest and lakes, the zoo has 82 species of animals not only from India but also from abroad. The renovation of the zoo from 1995 to 2005 led to the modernization of what was an animal park used for recreation and has now acquired the role of a conservation center for endangered species. Hence, you can find the animals that were once kept inside concrete-floored iron bar cages are now kept inside enclosures in a more naturalistic setup. Species of animals inside this well-maintained habitat includes the royal Bengal Tiger, Asiatic lion, One Horned Great Indian Rhino, Nilgiri langur, poisonous and non-poisonous snakes along with African hippos, giraffes, zebras and Cape buffaloes. Considered to be one of the oldest zoos of India, a visit to the zoo at the heart of the city is highly recommended.
Towering over 1800 meters (5906 feet), Agastya Mala is a spectacular mountain range that is explored by many outdoor enthusiasts and devotees of rishi Agastya. The Majestic mountain reveals itself from quite afar and it beckons visitors with its verdant environs and mist-covered peak. There are several trekking routes to the pinnacle and you are sure to have a remarkable adventure because of the mountain's rich fauna. If you are here during monsoon, you can bathe under sparkling streams and swim in crystal clear pools at the base of cascading waterfalls.
Vazhvanthol Waterfalls is located near the first check-post in the forest, along the highway. Set amidst lush-green forested land, this set of small waterfalls is a popular spot for hikers to visit along the way to Bonacaud. Lose yourself in the wilderness as you take in all the fresh air and the scenic, pristine beauty of nature. Take a walk along the winding trails and enjoy the peace and quiet all around you. This is a great place to enjoy a picnic and a dip in the cool fresh water.
Located near Neyyar Dam, around 45 kilometers (28 miles) from the city of Trivandrum, the Meenmutty Falls are a set of small but beautiful waterfalls situated amidst a dense tropical forest. As there are no proper roads leading up to these falls, visitors must hike for around 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) before reaching a clearing where they will find the waterfalls. Along the way look out for the array of wildlife and birds that find their home here. The area around the waterfalls is a popular spot for families and groups to stop and enjoy a picnic before trekking on further towards Ponmudi hill station.