When visitors first discovered the beauty of this virginal tract of seaside - a small fishing village 13km from Trivandrum - the locals must have felt pretty miffed. But the lure of commercial enterprise caught on as the influx of foreign tourists changed the scene on the golden sands. Kovalam today is rated as one of the hundred places not to be missed in a lifetime. Beachside fun, Ayurvedic massages and fishing are popular pastimes here.
Discover the quiet charms of this historic seaside city, Trivandrum that has for decades lured visitors to its lovely beaches, ancient temples with their colourful festivals and palaces. Thiruvananthapuram is best explored the old-fashioned way. Hire a bike or a motorbike and strawl the streets looking for its colonial heritage, its luminous regal past, its culinary delights and its cultural richness.
Trivandrum - The State Capital..
Sprawling haphazardly over seven forested hills, Trivandrum is a gateway to Kerala's most popular tourist attractions. Kovalam Beach is just 10km away, and in Thiruvananthapuram's placid hinterland the tranquil backwaters like Thiruvallam and Veli lure visitors from around the globe for restful holidays in God's own Country.
A little excursion to Ponmudi will recharge your batteries afresh. Go trekking, picnic by streams and pools in the forested hill. On your return via Peppara keep your eyes peeled for sightings of elephant, deer and the very elusive leopard.
Meenmutty Falls is located 45 km from Trivandrum city. Visitors have to trek through the dense forest to reach the falls. Kombaikani waterfalls is also near Meenmutti falls.
Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple
Structured in the traditional Dravidian religious architectural style Sri Padma nabha Swamy Temple has a 30m high gopuram. You can take a dip in the holy tank before going to the inner sanctum to make your obeisance to the golden statue of Lord Vishnu.