Thiruvananthapuram city is considered as one of the loveliest cities in India. Built on seven low coastal hills, the city has an interesting mixture of tree-lined avenues. Massive buildings, ancestral homes and a long sea coast washed by the waves of the Arabian Sea. Clean, green Thiruvananthapuram, with its spacious layout and regulated life, is also an excellent base to explore the interiors of Kerala. It is bordered by Kollam district in the north, Thirunelveli and Kanyakumari districts of the State of Tamil Nadu in the east and south and the Arabian sea in the west. Thiruvananthapuram is a beautiful city of magnificent structures built on seven hills with anceint and modern style of architecture. Many important cultural institutions, palaces, art galleries, beaches and Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple are located here.
Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple - The temple, located near the bus stand at East Fort, is the city's most impressive landmark. Its 7 stored gopuram built in the 16th Century is one of the finest specimens of traditional South Indian temple architecture which reflects the Kerala influence. The temple corridors are lined with 368 sculpted stone pillars. Beautiful murals and ornamentation adorn the walls. Temple was renovated by the Maharaja of Thiruvithamcur in 1733. Only Hindus can enter the temple, wearing dhoti in a certain style.
Sankumughom Beach, This palm-fringed beach near the airport, with its indoor recreation club and children's traffic training park is fine for an outing-though not for swimming.
Kovalam - A beautiful, curving, palm-fringed beach of golden sands and safe bathing have made India's major beach resort. It is an internationally known holiday destination. This natural bay is a safe sea-pool free from high waves and surges - ideal for swimming, surfing and skiing. The more adventurous can ride out into the sea on a catamaran. Besides the ITDC's luxury hotel complex, several other hotels and guest houses have sprung up on the hillsides overlooking the beach, taking advantage of the Kovalam boom. Among the many other attractions here are water sports, a theatre that stages traditional Kathakali dance dramas, a yoga centre and facilities for traditional oil bathing and massages according to the ancient Kerala Ayurvedic system.
Vizhinjam - An important fishing port near Kovalam beach. Here, one can see fishing boats return with their catch in the mornings.