Explore India REPRESENTATIVE will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, is just 16 km away from Kovalam and getting there is no hassle. But if you are on holiday it is better to stay in Kovalam and visit the city. Thiruvananthapuram has interesting places to see like the Napier Museum, the Sri Chitra Art Gallery, the Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Puthenmalike Palace, Zoo, Planetarium, Veli Lagoon, Ponmudi hill station etc. SMSM Institute, a State owned handicrafts emporium, is the ideal place to pick up ethnic curios and other articles.
Relax and then in the afternoon proceed for the sightseeing,
Sree Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple: Sree Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is an awe-inspiring structure that has a 100 ft high 'gopuram', built in Dravidian style.
City's historical landmark, the structure of the main building is a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture.
The temple, known for the Mural paintings and stone carvings is one among the 108 temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu in India. A magnificent array of gods, goddesses, nymphs, sprites and demons adorn the seven-storey 'gopuram' that forms the temple tower. Lord Vishnu, the presiding deity, reclines in the posture of 'Ananthashayanam' on the coiled serpent 'Anantha'.
Napier Museum: The Napier Museum is an absolute gem of architectural exuberance, combining traditional Kerala styles with Chinese and Mughal influences. The 19th century English architect, Chisholm, gave in a few touches and ended up with a building that is guaranteed to leave an impression on your mind. The museum houses a rare collection of archeological & historic artifacts.
The interior is every bit as intriguing as the exterior with pink and bobby blue stripes alternating with stripes of yellow and cherry red, scalloped arches of a banana yellow, elaborately carved balconies, the whole, linked together with red and white lattice work and mock friezes. The collections are as varied and electric as the building and you will spend a pleasant few hours browsing through them. The museum has a unique natural air-conditioning system.
Kuthiramalika Palace Museum: This palace was built by efficient sculptors from Tanjore. Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balaram Varma, the king of Travancore who was also a great poet, musician, socialist & statesman, built this magnificent Palace.
The palace looks attractive due to its single stone carved pillars and beautifully designed roofs. On the southern portion of the palace there is a beautiful monument of 122 horses which is in position of ready to jump towards the south. Thus the palace got the name Kuthiramalika. Swords, guns etc. of olden ages are also exhibited here. 'Dantasimhasana' is the most prominent sight in this palace.
Overnight will be at Trivandrum.