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Tourist Attractions in Thiruvananthapuram
Tourist village: Aakulam, 10 km from Central Bus stand has been developed as a picnic and entertainment centre. Situated on the extension of Veli Lagoon the tourist village provides facilities for water sports with speed, safari, row and paddle boats. A traditional houseboat (Kettuvalam) is also available for cruises to Veli Tourist village and elsewhere. Other facilities include a swimming pool, children's park, and anthurium plantation and eating joint.
Shankhumugham beach resort: It is fun place to enjoy sun and surf. Near the international airport and 8 km from the central bus stand the clean beach with white sands is very inviting. Facilities include a restaurant and an open air theatre.
Cuisine of Thiruvananthapuram:
The food in Kerala and all over south India is dominated by rice and curries.Tamarind, coconut and spices are important ingredients. As the sea and rivers are an integral part, seafood is the most common preparation. Vegetarian restaurants are a common feature.Continental and north Indian cuisine is available in larger cities of the state.
Tourist Attractions around Thiruvananthapuram:
Varkala: Situated 51km north of Thiruvananthapuram and 200 km south of Quilon.The town is known for its 2,000 year old Vishnu temple of Lord Janardhana.Varkala is a seaside resort with mineral water springs.
Neyyar Dam: 32 km a picnic spot with a lake and dam. Enjoy boating at reservoir. There is also crocodile farm and a lion safari park to visit with a wildlife sanctuary.
Padmanabhapuram Palace: Located 54 km a teak wonder from where Maharaja Marthanda Varma ruled Travancore.Set in scenic surroundings along the Thiruvananthapuram- Kanyakumari route the palace is well-maintained. In use from 1550 to 1790, it has beautiful carvings and murals. Enjoy cuisine at restaurant on the premise.
Ponmudi: Ponmudi is a hill station 2,000 ft above sea level.A pleasant climate and forest trails will motivate trekkers.
Kanyakumari: Kanyakumari is India's southern -most tip of the mainland. It is at the confluence of the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal. Visit Vivekananda Memorial on the offshore rock. Watch sunset and moonrise simultaneously on a full moon evening. Tourist Taxis and auto-rickshaws are available throughout the town.