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The Zoological Park (Open 0900 - 1815 hrs. Closed on Mondays)
One of the first zoos in India, it was established as early as 1859. A reptile house with different species of snakes and a vulture house are also located within the premises. Plastic is banned inside the park. Entrance fee:
Adults: Rs.10
Children between 5 - 12 yrs: Rs.5
Camera permit: Rs.25

Sree Chithra Enclave
Opened in 1993, this museum depicts the history of the Travancore Royal Family and displays their personal belongings and artefacts. Old newspaper footage and deeds describing events are also exhibited.

Priyadarshini Planetarium (Show time: 1030 hrs, 1200 hrs, 1500 hrs and 1700 hrs)
Opened in 1994 to the public, this is one of the most versatile planetariums in the country. The main GM-11 star field projector here can project almost all the constituents of the visible universe. It can also simulate the star-studded night sky over any location on the earth, on any day up to 12,500 years back or 12,500 years into the future.
Entrance fee: Adults: Rs.15
Children between 3 - 10 yrs: Rs.10

Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum (Open 1030 - 1700 hrs. Closed on Mondays)
Children of all ages will enjoy the vast collection of nearly 2000 dolls, stamps and masks displayed here. Ph: 2324939

Shankhumugham BeachShankhumugham Beach
(8 km from Thiruvananthapuram)
This place is a favourite haunt of sunset watchers. An indoor recreation club, the matsya kanyaka (a gigantic, 35 m long sculpture of a mermaid) and a restaurant shaped like a starfish are some of the attractions here. The Chacha Nehru Traffic Training Park here gives children the opportunity to learn the traffic rules.

  • Chacha-Nehru Traffic Training Park formed in the year 1990.
    - The Unit is open from 11:00 AM to 07:00 PM for the public.
  • Star Fish Restaurant formed in the year 1991 – Presently leased out.

Akkulam Tourist Village (10 km from Thiruvananthapuram, Open 1000 - 1800 hrs)

A picnic spot with boating facilities, run by DTPC Thiruvananthapuram, Akkulam is a place children flock to. It has a well-equipped children’s park, a paddle pool and a swimming pool for adults. 

Ph: +91 471 2443043

  Boat rentals: (Open 1900 - 1730 hrs)

Safari boat (20 min.)   :     Rs. 400 for 12 people.
Pedal boat (30 min.)   :     Rs. 60 for 2 persons, Rs. 100 for 4 persons.
Row boat (30 min.)     :     Rs.100 for 4 persons, Rs. 60 for 2 persons.
Speed boat (10 min.)  :     Rs. 600 for 4 persons.

Entrance fee:
Children’s park (Open 0930 - 1900 hrs):  Adults: Rs. 10; Children: Rs. 5
Swimming pool (Open 0600 - 1830 hrs - Swimming suit compulsory):
Adults (1 hr)            :    Rs. 30
Children (1 hr)        :    Rs. 20  
Entry ticket (1 hr)    :    Rs. 5

Monthly pass: Adults Rs. 600, Children Rs. 400; Life time membership: Family Rs. 15,000, Single Rs. 10,000
Summer training coaching camp: - Rs. 1,700 (2 months), Rs. 1,200 (1 month).

For details contact: Manager, Akkulam Tourist Village. Ph: +91 471 2443043 or
DTPC Ph: +91 471 2315397

Veli Tourist Village (12 km from Thiruvananthapuram. Open 0800 - 1800 hrs)
Veli
This picnic spot, where the Veli Lake meets the Arabian Sea, offers boating facilities. Pedal boats and paddle boats can be hired to explore the charms of the lagoon in a leisurely manner. For a quick ride over the waters, speed boats are available for hire. Children can also enjoy climbing over the huge sculptures that dot the landscape.

Ph: +91 471 2500785.

Boat rentals (1000 - 1730 hrs):

Safari boat    :   Rs. 60 per head
Speed boat   :   Rs. 600 for 4 persons
Pedal boat    :   2 seater - Rs. 60 for half an hour.

Swimming Pool is the main project here. Vehicle Parking at the tourist village is also maintained by DTPC. The unit was commissioned in 2001.
Ph. No.0471 2507049

  • The Unit is open from 07:30 AM to 06:30 PM for the public.
  Rate for Swimming
  Adult - Rs.25/- for 1 hour
  Children - Rs.15/-

Aruvikkara Dam (16 km - 1/2 hour)
This picturesque picnic spot is on the banks of the Karamana River. Near the Durga Temple here is a stream full of fish that fearlessly come close to the shore to be fed by the visitors.




DTPC is running a restaurant and a snack bar here.  The unit was commissioned in 1994.




Neyyar Dam (32 km - 1 hour)


A popular picnic spot, Neyyar Dam has a watch tower, crocodile farm, lion safari park and deer park. Boating facilities are available at the reservoir.

Boat Club is being run by DTPC here. The unit was commissioned in 1993.


 
  Rate for Boating
  Safari Boat - Rs.400/- for 20 min
  Safari Boat - Rs.250/- for 20 min
  Safari Boat - Rs.25/- (per head)
  High Speed Boat  - Rs.250/-

Meshan Mani
On the eastern side of Padmanabha Swamy Temple, installed in 1833 during the reign of Swathi Thirunal, is the Meshan Mani (clock). It has on its dial, a man’s face with two goats on either side. Crafted from mahogany by an artisan called Kulathooran, every time the clock completes an hour, the man opens his mouth and the goats hit his cheeks.

Sree Chithra Art Gallery (Open 1000 - 1645 hrs. Closed on Mondays & Wednesday forenoons)
Located near the Napier Museum, this art gallery opened in 1935 by the then Maharaja of Travancore, Sree Chithira Thirunal, displays original paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlova and Nicholas Roerich; exquisite works from the Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools of art in India as well as paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali. The collection also includes unique copies of Indian mural paintings from pre-historic times down to the 18th century. Entrance fee (Museum & Art Gallery): Adults: Rs.10 Children: Rs.4. Ph: 2473952

KCS Panicker Gallery
Nominated as one of the nine eminent artists of India, Kerala’s renowned painter Panicker, was born in 1911. He was instrumental in setting up the Progressive Painters Association in Madras from 1944 to 1953. An artist who set a new trend, the gallery traces his works over a period.

Natural History Museum (Open 1000 - 1700 hrs, Wednesday 1300 - 1645 hrs. Closed on Mondays)
This modern building houses some excellent galleries like the skeletal, bird, animal and taxidermy gallery as well as a museum. Entrance fee: Adults: Rs.5 Children between 5 - 12 yrs: Rs.4. Photography not allowed. Ph: 2318294

Science and Technology Museum Complex (Open 1000 - 1700 hrs. Closed on Mondays)
The museum houses galleries on electricity, electronics, power & motion, mechanics, popular science, mathematics, solar energy as well as automobile, computer and biomedical engineering. Entrance fee: Adults: Rs.15 Children: Rs.10

Biotechnology Museum
Entrance fee: Adults: Rs.10 Children: Rs.5

St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Palayam
This church that is 125 years old which is very popular among the Catholic followers is an important landmark of the city.

Kerala Legislature Complex
Located at Palayam, the building where the Legislative Assembly of Kerala meets is a beautiful blend of classical and modern splendour. Ph: 2512524. Situated behind the stately legislative assembly complex, the Legislature Museum throws light into the political history of the State.

The Folklore Museum
Set up in 1992, the museum is a treasure trove of quaint musical instruments, occupational implements, household utensils, models of folk art etc. Displayed in the Koyikkal Palace, they focus attention on the cultural background of the State.

The Numismatics Museum
The coins here belong to different parts of the world as well as to different eras. The rare and historically valuable collection of coins give an insight into the trade relations of the State. Among the exhibits is the most valuable Indian coin - the 2500-year-old Karsha and Rasi, as also the world’s smallest coins.

Sree Mahadeva Temple
Situated in Kazhakuttom, this ancient temple is believed to date back to the 14th century. Another old temple in the district is the Mitranandapuram Temple on the outskirts of the city.

KallarKallar (46 km from Thiruvananthapuram)
This river is a charming stopover en route to the Ponmudi Hill Station. A kilometre up is the Golden Valley, where a tributary of the Kallar joins the main river. The nearby Meenmutty Waterfall offers excellent trekking opportunity. Contact the Chief Conservator of Forests in Thiruvananthapuram for trekking permission. Entrance fee:
Adults: Rs.10 Children: Rs.5

Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary (50 km from Thiruvananthapuram)
This sanctuary spread over 53 sq. km on the Western Ghats is accessible from Vithurai. With its rich flora and fauna, Peppara, dotted with hillocks, forests and eucalyptus plantations, is a great attraction for wildlife enthusiasts.

Ponmudi (61 km - 2 1/2 hours)
PonmudiAn idyllic hill resort with narrow, winding pathways and cool, green, wooded environs, Ponmudi is located 915 metres above sea level. Along with a variety of beautiful mountain flowers, exotic butterflies, small rivulets, springs and the deer park nearby, this hill station also has excellent trekking trails. Food: KTDC restaurant Accommodation: Govt. Guesthouse: Cottages and rooms Rs.250 - 600 Dormitory: Rs.800 For reservations contact: The Secretary, General Admn. Dept. (Political), Govt. Secretariat, Thiruvananthapuram. Other attractions: Trekking, tree house view tower and bathing in the river at Kallar. Trekking to the waterfall at Meenmutty.

Agasthyakoodam
AgasthyakoodamPart of the Sahyadri range of mountains, Agasthyakoodam is the second highest peak in Kerala, at a height of 1890 metres above sea level. Teeming with wildlife, the forests of Agasthyakoodam abound in rare medicinal herbs and plants and brilliantly hued orchids.A bird watcher's paradise, this legendary mountain is accessible by foot from Kotoor, near Neyyar Dam, as also from Bonacaud. The season from December to April is advocated for trekking, for which a forest pass has to be obtained from the Wildlife Warden, Forest Department, PTP Nagar, Thiruvananthapuram.

Kappil Boat Club
Confluence of the sea, river and the backwater, this secluded, picturesque spot is worth visiting. The DTPC Boat Club here offers boating facilities. Tel: 0470 2662323


  Rate for Boating
  Safari Boat - Rs.600/- for 1 hour
  Safari Boat - Rs.250/- for 20 min
  Speed Boat - Rs.750/- for 30 min
  Pedal Boat - Rs.75/- (4 seater) 30 min
  Pedal Boat - Rs.50/- (2 seater) 30 min
  Row Boat     - Rs.75/- (4 seater)