Thiruvananthapuram Excursions


Agasthyakoodam Akkulam Tourist Village Aruvikkara Dam
 
Kovalam Beach Neyyar Dam Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary
 
Ponmudi Hill Station Shanghumugham Beach Varkala
 
Veli Tourist Village Vizhinjam Beach

Agasthyakoodam

An excursion around Trivandrum , takes you to a wonderful destination like Agastyakoodam (Agastya Malai), which is an elevated forested peak situated about 60 Kms from the North East of Trivandrum. Agastyakoodam is recognized as the second largest peak in Kerala which is raised to a height of 1868 metres above the sea level. Agastyakoodam peak is a part of the Sahyadri mountains ranges which is honored both by the Buddhists and Hindus. Agastyakoodam is close to the forest that is situated along the tail end of Western Ghats which has varied species of floras to offer, something which is quite unique to the Peninsular India.

The Agastyakoodam peak is an undulating hill which is filled with medicinal plants. It is believed about 2000 medicinal plants and rare species of orchids are found in this region. The Agastyakoodam was a home to the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara and to the sage Agastya, a devotee of Shiva. The Agastyakoodam peak can be easily Agasthyakoodam in Thiruvananthapuramaccessed from Bonakkad which is about 61 km away from the city of Thiruvananthapuram. One may even reach the destination from the Neyyar Dam which is about 32 km away. The region is excellent for trekking during the months of December to April.

Agastyakoodam is spread to an area of about 1300 square km. and is known for its varied forest types. The southern tropical wet evergreen forest, the tropical moist deciduous forest, the southern tropical dry deciduous forest, the southern tropical thorn forest and the subtropical montane forest are the various kinds of forest prevalent in this region. The Kallar valley along the north-west of the Agasthyakoodam is one of the forested valleys of the region. These forests perform as a "green house" for several animals and plant species.

The Agastyakoodam is an adobe to the 'Kanis' tribe who are aware about the prevailing medicinal plants within the region. The wild tobacco plant (Lobelia nicotinaefolia) from the forest is usually used for recovering your injuries. To known more about the places for excursion around Trivandrum, click on the following list: Kovalam Beach Shanghumugham Beach Akkulam Tourist Village, Trivandrum Varkala Aruvikkara Dam Neyyar Dam Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary Veli Tourist Villlage Ponmudi Hill Station Vizhinjam Beach


Akkulam Tourist Village

Akkulam Tourist Village is situated almost 11 kilometers from the Thiruvananthapuram city which is located within the country of Kerala. Travel to Akkulam Tourist Village which is an attractive picnic spot destination of the region. Akkulam Tourist Village in Trivandrum is set along the banks of the Akkulam Lake which is a part ofAkkulam Tourist Village  in Thiruvananthapuram the Veli Lake. If you are eager to travel to Kerala just to view its backwaters, then Akkulam Tourist Village is indeed the right choice for you. The calm and serene ambience prevailing along the region is sure to appeal and attract you. The boat club is one of the unique features of the Akkulam Tourist Village where one may resort to long hours of boating adventures.

The Akkulam Tourist Village is worth a visit incase you indulge in an excursion around Trivandrum. The Akkulam Tourist Village is striking for its operational children's park, snack bar and the paddle pool. Adults are even facilitated with large swimming pool where one may even choose to relax and unwind. While mentioning about the Akkulam Tourist Village, what reminds us is the undulating seashore of Kerala which was wrecked by the lagoons that ultimately merges with the inland lake, enough to prove as an excellent site for a suitable vacation.

The Akkulam Tourist Village is constructed where the native lagoon amalgamates with the Arabian Sea and the area is dotted with fish ponds, wading pools and beautiful landscaped gardens. Of late the city aims at constructing the first musical dancing fountain, which represents the Padmamanabha Swamy Temple in the background. This masterpiece would be constructed by the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) in order to attract tourists from round the world. One can visit Akkulam Tourist Village during 7:00 am to 8:00 pm which is near to the southern air command of the Indian Air Force. Akkulam Tourist Village is easily reachable from the Thiruvananthapuram railway station and from the Thiruvananthapuram international airport.


Aruvikkara Dam

Are you planning for an exciting journey to Kerala which is even recognized as a place of God's own country? Trivandrum is the right destination for one to travel to incase you are heading towards Kerala. The place is a land of coffee, spices, and coconuts, where the swaying palm trees murmur in tune with the whistling melody of the wind. Visit this exotic destination which is known for its ayurvedic massages, beautiful lagoons, exciting backwaters and excellent ambience.

The city of Trivandrum is known for its rich cultural heritage which is surrounded by Arabian Sea and by the Western Ghats. Travel to Aruvikkara Dam while taking an excursion around Trivandrum, which is a striking picnic spot situated along the banks of the Karamana River.Aruvikkara Dam  in Thiruvananthapuram Aruvikkara Dam in Trivandrum is located at a close proximity of 23 km from the Kollam city. Aruvikkara Dam is almost near to the Durga Temple, where visitors travel round the year not only for visiting the place but even to feed the stream filled with fishes. If you are looking forward to some kind of excitement while traveling to this place, then one is facilitated with boating facilities at the reservoir of the region.

Aruvikkara Dam in Trivandrum is a favorite destination for a tourist which is dotted with lavish scenic beauty. Indulge in an expedition to the nearby sightseeing destinations in Trivandrum. The places for sightseeing in the region are Kovalam Beach, Shanghumugham Beach, Neyyar Dam, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary which are worth traveling to. Aruvikkara Dam is one of the attractive sightseeing destinations in Trivandrum which is known for its verdant greenery and awe-inspiring ambience. So make sure to vacation at this marvelous destination of Aruvikkara Dam, which is worth a visit.


Kovalam Beach

Kovalam is a beautiful beach town situated about 16 kilometers from the city of Trivandrum set within the Thiruvananthapuram district. The Kovalam Beach town is one of the popular tourist destinations and is Kovalam in Thiruvananthapuram situated on the Arabian Sea in the southern state of Kerala. Kovalam Beach is the most prominent beach of the region which is known for its lush coconut groves, gentle calming breeze and soft grainy sands.

While taking an excursion around Trivandrum , tour to the Kovalam Beach which is an ideal place for sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, Catamaran cruising and many other cultural activities. The sea port of Vizhinjam is almost 3 km away from the Kovalam Beach and it's widely recognized for the availability of fish. The Proposed International Trans shipment Terminal at Vizhinjam is almost a close proximity from the Kovalam Beach.

Kovalam Beach is a prime destination for European tourist and for Israelis vacationers, who frequently visit the area for ayurvedic treatments. Kovalam is known for its three main beaches, out of which the Lighthouse Beach lies in the southern most region. The second largest beach of the area is the Hawah Beach which was a place for top free bathing and parading, which later on was banned.

Samudra Beach is the northern most beach of the region, which is alienated from the southern side by the peninsula.

Kovalam Beaches are known for their black sandy shores, which is due to high concentration of ilmenite and thorazite in it. One may visit the Kovalam Beach in the month of November to March, which is the peak season of the region.


Neyyar Dam

Travel to the beautiful picnic spot near to the Neyyar Dam which is a charming dam site of the region. Several rarest kinds of medicinal herbs are found in the area of Neyyar. Indulge in a boating spree along the adjacent Neyyar Lake which is near to the dam. Travel to the Neyyar dam, which is a popular dam site situated in the district of Thiruvananthapuram within country of Kerala. Indulge in an excursion around Trivandrum and tour to the Neyyar Dam , which is situated almost 30km east along the base of the Western Ghats.

The Neyyar Dam in Trivandrum was established way back in 1958 and inhabits the basins of the three main rivers namely Neyyar, Mullayar and Kallar. The Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary is worth mentioning while speaking about Neyyar Dam. The Neyyar Dam is a part of the Neyyar WildlifeNeyyar dam  in Thiruvananthapuram Sanctuary which is a home to several animal species like elephants, wild buffaloes, wild boar, porcupines, tigers and snakes. Wild life species can be easily glanced from the watch tower of the region where you might chance to visit species like gaur, sloth bear, Nilgiri Tahr, jungle cat and Nilgiri langur, wild elephants and sambar deer. The crocodile farm, the lion safari park and the deer park are some of the main attraction of the Neyyar Dam in Trivandrum.

The Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary is spread to an area of about 128sq km which is surrounded by the hilly terrains and forested landscape, dominated mainly by the Agasthya malai peak. Travelers are facilitated with boating along the reservoir near to the Neyyar dam. One can easily reach the region of Neyyar Dam from the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport which is about 38 km from the region. Thiruvananthapuram is the adjoining railway station of the region.


Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Kerala, India, along the southeastern side of the Western Ghats. The sanctuary is extended to an area of about 128 sq km, and is home to rich and diverse flora and fauna. The sanctuary boasts of tropical wet evergreen to grasslands type of vegetation. The Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1958, which became a prime centre for protection and conservation of rare species of wildlife.

The Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated about 32 km from the city of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala. The Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary is also a part of the beautiful Neyyar Reservoir, which is an excellent tourist destination and the place offers excellent conditions for boating. The scenic Agasthyakoodam Peak, rising to a height of about 1890 meters above the sea level, is located in close proximity to this wildlife sanctuary. For wildlife enthusiasts, the Neyyar wildlife sanctuary is a must visit destination near Trivandrum, Kerala.

The sanctuary is home to a variety of wildlife where animals like Elephants, Sloth Bears, Nilgiri Tahrs, Gaur, Sambars, Barking Deer, Indian Porcupines, Malabar Squirrels, Tigers, Lion-tailed Macaques, jungle cats, Wild Boars and Nilgiri Langurs can be seen. Reptiles like cobras, vipers, pythons, rat snakes, flying snakes and lizards can be frequently seen in the region. Exotic birds are sure to appeal you where you might come across species like king fishers, white-breasted water hen, little green heron, woodpeckers, Indian cuckoos, gray jungle fowl, common mynas, Indian hill mynas, darters, little cormorants, little egrets and brahminy kites at the Neyyar wildlife sanctuary. The Crocodile Farm, Deer Farm and Lion Safari Park are the main attraction of the Neyyar wildlife sanctuary.

Apart from wildlife viewing, visitors can also enjoy boating along the Neyyar Lake to trekking to the Agastiar Peak. Truly, the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary is an exciting destination to be to in on your Kerala tour.


Ponmudi Hill Station

The peaceful Ponmudi Hill Station is located almost 61 km away from the city of Thiruvananthapuram and is elevated to an area of about 1000 m above the sea level. Ponmudi belongs to the Western Ghats mountain range lying parallel to the Arabian Sea, is an ideal destination for trekking and hiking. The word “Ponmudi” stands for 'golden hair' or the 'golden crown', wherein the golden rays emitted by the sunlight lit up the peak of the hills.

Travel to Ponmudi Hill Station while indulging in an excursion around Trivandrum, and enjoy the luxuriant nature, the scenic beauty and the breath taking ambience of the area. Take an exciting break from the hustle and bustle of life, and relax in the midst of nature while traveling to this region. Indulge in trekking or in easy gentle walks while visiting the region of Ponmudi Hill Station in Trivandrum, which is dotted with tea-estates valleys and cottages. Learn more about Ponmudi Hill Station, which is an ideal picnic spot, which is dotted with natural springs.

Ponmudi in Thiruvananthapuram

Ponmudi Hill Station is known for hosting the annual celebration of Aaranmula Boat Race. It is held in the month of August and September which is a customary celebration of the Aaranmula Temple Festival. The Golden Valley is an enthralling viewpoint of the region which is quite near to the Kallar River. Varkala can be easily accessed from the Ponmudi Hill Station which is a religious pilgrimage destination and is known for its beaches. The 2,000-year-old Janardanaswamy Temple and the Nature Center are the main attraction of this region. The dwelling place of the puranic saint Agasthya is situated almost 60 kms away from the region of Ponmudi. The Agasthya Vanam Biological Park in Agasthyakoodam, known for its medicinal herbs is located near to the Ponmudi Hill Station.

One may even travel to the Neyyar Dam which is located 80 kms from Ponmudi Hill Station. If you are looking forward for some adventures then visit Thenmala, about 70 kms from Ponmudi Hill Station, where the National Adventure Foundation is set up. Indulge in river-crossing, rock-climbing and mountain hiking a this place. Learn more about Ponmudi Hill Station by surfing the site and visit this destination which is known for its pleasant climatic condition.


Shanghumugham Beach

Thiruvananthapuram was the previous name of the present Trivandrum, which is known as the capital city of the Kerala state. Trivandrum is situated along the west coast of India along the extreme south of the Shanghumugham Beach in Thiruvananthapuram mainland region. Mahatma Gandhi once called the region as the "Evergreen city of India", due to its rolling coastal terrain and commercial alleys. While taking an expedition to Trivandrum, travel to the Shanghumugham Beach which is one of the attractive sites of the region. Plan your next vacation to the Shanghumugham Beach, which fulfils all your adventurous desires of exploring and touring.

The Shanghumugham Beach is situated along the Western side of the Thiruvananthapuram city. Indulge in an excursion around Trivandrum, and visit Shanghumugham Beach as your next destination which provides excellent sunset views.

The Shanghumugham Beach is known for the massive sculpture of a 'Nymph' (Jalakanyaka) which was sculptured by the famous artist Sri Kanai Kunjuraman. The Shanghumugham Beach is easily accessible from the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport near to the flying club of the region. The Shanghumugham Beach offers plenty of opportunities for travelers interested in fishing.

Located almost 8 km from the Trivandrum city, the Shanghumugham Beach is situated in close proximity to the Veli Tourist Village area. A star-shaped restaurant serves one with excellent dining facilities as one travels to the area of Shanghumugham Beach. It is during the weekdays and at local holidays, one would find the area overcrowded with vacationers. The Chacha Nehru Traffic Training Park has been instituted in the region which aims at teaching kids about the basic traffic rules.

The Shanghumugham Beach appeals you with its white sandy beaches and with the serene ambiance, which is a perfect place to relax and unwind.

Do not miss this lifetime opportunity and initiate your travel to the Shanghumugham Beach which offers one with a wonderful chance for being near to nature

Varkala

Varkala is a wonderful coastal town situated in the Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala. The Location of Varkala is such that it is situated almost 51 kilometers from the northern side of the Thiruvananthapuram city. Varkala is dotted with elevated cliffs that are sedimentary and laterite in nature, and are situated adjacent to the Arabian Sea. These cliffs are a unique feature of the flat coastal terrain of Kerala, whereby the native geologists named it as the Varkala Formation. Varkala Beach in ThiruvananthapuramCatch up with the water spouts and spas located besides the cliffs of this region, which is an attraction in itself.

Varkala is recognized for its Janardanaswamy temple, a Vaishnavaite shrine in India. Being a 2,000 year old architecture, the temple is even called as the Dakshin Kashi (Benares of the south), which is situated near to the Papanasam beach. Take a sacred dip at the holy waters of the Janardanaswamy temple, which is known to clean away all your past sins and is renowned as an Ayurveda healing centre. The ancient bell of the temple came as a donation by the Dutch vessel captain, during its time of shipwreck.

Indulge in an excursion around Trivandrum, and trip down to the town of Varkala which is known for its mineral springs, rocky cliffs, romantic ambience and silvery stretch of sands. The name Varkala of the region derived from an ancient myth story, where a group of mendicants visited sage Narada and acknowledged the fact that they had committed a sin. It is said, Narada threw his valkkalam, a bark of tree that the sage wore which ultimately landed at the present Varkala. The mendicants were instructed to offer prayers at this very place of Varkala. This is how the place Varkala came into existence.

Sivagiri Mutt is one of the prominent landmarks in Varkala which was instituted by a social reformer called Sree Narayana Guru. It is a hill-top mausoleum of Sree Narayana Guru, and is one of the renowned pilgrimage destinations of the region. The Varkala Tunnel from where the TS Canal passes is an important feature of the Varkala region. The District Ayurvedic Hospital is even constructed in the region.

Veli Tourist Village

Veli Tourist Village is a prime tourist destination in the country of Kerala. A prominent picnic spot, the Veli Tourist Village in Trivandrum is constructed near to the Veli lagoon area which is surrounded by lush greenery. Travel to Veli Tourist Village which is situated almost 8 kilometers from Thiruvananthapuram city which is an excellent destination to relax and unwind.

An excursion around Trivandrum takes to a breath taking place like Veli Tourist Village, which is worth a visit. Easily reachable by the road, the Veli Tourist Village is situated about 10kms from the mainland city which offers travelers with exceptional boating opportunities. Speed boats are found in plenty in this region where one may indulge in a pleasurable ride to the nearest scenic destinations. Veli Tourist Village in Trivandrum is surrounded by the Veli lagoon and Arabian Sea which boasts of an ideal location for a perfect vacation retreat. A narrow sand bar further divides the Veli lagoon from the main sea.

Veli Tourist Village is an 18 acre waterfront park which comprises of a floating bridge that links the Shankhumukham beach to the village area. This landscaped garden is ideally suited for swimming, boating, that attracts innumerable travelers from round the city. The village is open for public access from 10 am to 8 pm.

Shanghumukham beach is one of the attractions near to the Veli Tourist village which gives sunset watchers excellent opportunity to view the breath taking twilight. The indoor recreation club, the matsya kanyaka a 35 m long sculpture of a mermaid and a starfish restaurant are some of the attractive features of Veli Tourist Village. The area of Veli Tourist Village can be easily reached from the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport which is about 3 kilometers away and is near to the Thiruvananthapuram central railway station.


Vizhinjam Beach

Vizhinjam Beach was previously a business district for the Europeans, Portuguese and the Dutch who indulged in a commercial trade relation with the native kings of the ancient time. Vizhinjam is a beautiful coastal town set within the Thiruvananthapuram District of Kerala. The vicinity areas of Vizhinjam are home to several Ayurvedic treatment centers that attract innumerable visitors round the year.

Vizhinjam is known as a popular beach resort which is famous for its rock-cut temples. Take an excursion around Trivandrum and travel to Vizhinjam Beach, which is about 2 kilometers from the area of Kovalam.Vizhinjam Beach in Thiruvananthapuram Vizhinjam Beach in Trivandrum is an outstanding seaside destination where one may come across fishing boats thrusting each other for space. The sound of crashing waves on the rocks is indeed a pleasant experience for one traveling to this destination. Watch out for fishermen approaching the shores during the dusk with their respective boats, or catch the glimpse of fisherwomen bargaining over the day's catch.

Vizhinjam Beach in Trivandrum is easily accessible from the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport which takes almost 12 kilometers from the beach area. The Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station is yet another mode of transportation which reaches you to the Vizhinjam in almost no time. November till March is probably the best months to visit the Vizhinjam Beach area.

Vizhinjam is situated along the outskirts of the city of Trivandrum, which is based almost 16 km from the City Centre and is in close proximity to the Trivandrum Metropolitan City area. Vizhinjam is located near to the international ship route of the region. Vizhinjam Beach is even recognized as a major sea port area, which is about 150 meters in width. The sea is almost 23 to 27 metres deep and aids large container ships of the area.


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