A 1000-year old city of legends and royalty, Trivandrum is the capital of Kerala. A long shoreline with world-class beaches, a profusion of architectural landmarks, vast expanses of blue-green backwaters and a rich cultural heritage make it one of the most favored tourist destinations. The Padmanabha Swamy temple, the Kuthiramalika (Puthenmalika) Palace Museum, Napier Museum, Sree Chithra Art Gallery and the Kanakakunu Palace are priceless treasure-houses of period furniture, culture, art collections and paintings.
Thiruvananthapuram literally means the city of Lord Anantha, a holy serpent in Hindu mythology on whose hood Lord Vishnu or Padmanabhan reclines. Sree Padmanabha temple is situated in the heart of the city attracting devotees from all over the State. The Aaarat of Padmanabha Swami Temple is celebrated with great favor here and the other major festivals include Attukal Pongala, the Beemapally Uroos, and Vettucaud Perunaal. During Onam season, State Government organizes a week long celebration to attract tourists. Kovalam, a tourist hotspot in the district, is one of the most visited tourist destinations in South India
Duration : 4 Night / 5 Days
Kerala Wild & Backwater Tour
Thekkady will help you explore the wildlife of Kerala while Kumarakom and Alleppy offer you a captivating backwater experience.
The Jeevan Beach Resort hosts tourists at the heart of Kovalam \"the paradise of south India.\" Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing.
Shankumugham Beach is a beach in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala, south India. The beach is on the western side of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) city and very near to Trivandrum International Airport.
The vast stretch of white sand and the serene atmosphere, away from the crowd in the city, provide all the ingredients for relaxation and for spending an ideal evening. There is also a “Star Fish Restaurant” with eating kiosks and open air theatre with car parking facilities. Good food can be enjoyed at the Indian Coffee House, just across the beach, which is also a vantage point for enjoying the sunset. Unfortunately, the beach is not well maintained with garbage littering the entire area.
Shanghumugham beach is considered as the ‘Arattukadavu’ of Sri Ananthapadmanabhan - The presiding deity of the city. Thousands of Hindus perform ‘Bali Tharpanam’ during special occasions. Shanghumugham is the prime location for Ganesh Nimarjan at the time of Vinayaka Chathurthi.
On the Arattu day at Thiruvananthapuram, images of Lord Padmanabhawamy, Lord Narasimha, and Lord Krishna are taken in procession to the Arabian sea at Shanghumugham beach. His Highness the former Maharaja of Travancore,Sri Uthradom Thirunal Marthanda Varma, will lead the procession with the royal sword in hand, who will be escorted by members of the Royal family, armed guards, temple authorities, mounted police, and officers. After the ceremonial bath in Shanghumugham, images are taken back in procession, which marks the conclusion of the festival.
The skating school here offers the coaching on skating. Adjacent to the skating school is an indoor sports complex, which provides facilities for Badminton and Table Tennis.
Sagarakanyaka or Jalakanyaka
The sculpture of Jalakanyaka - Mermaid by Kanayi Kunhiraman is an added attraction. This giant statue is more than 35m long. The \'Jawaharlal Nehru Park of Traffic signs for children\' is situated here, which is helpful for the children to understand the traffic rules while playing in the park. The park also provides cycling facilities for small children.
The military airport of the Southern Air Command of the Indian Air Force is situated at Shangumukham.
Veli Tourist Village is near from the Shankumugham Beach. Boating facilities are offered at this picnic spot. Speed boats, restaurants and well landscaped gardens are available.