This palace was the capital of Travancore before
it was shifted to Trivandrum. The wooden palace contains some interesting murals of the 17th
& 18th century. The palace is on the way to Nagarcoil .
32 km from Trivandrum, this is a favourite picnic spot of the local community. Boating
facility is available in the reservior. There is also a crocodile farm and a lion safari
park. There are some direct buses from Trivandrum from the KSRTC bus stand. A better
option would be to take a bus to the Kattakada (20 km) from Trivandrum, and to Neyyar dam
The Zoo:This zoo is
among the best managed in India, it is located near the Napier museum.
(Open 9.00 am – 5.00 pm closed on Mondays)
Shanghumugham Beach (4
km):This beach is the favourite of the locals. There is a park in the vicinity.
Kowdiar Palace This palace, home of the late Maharaja Sree Chitra Thirunal Bala Rama Varma
and his family is off limits to the public. But the view of the grand old building from
the gate is excellent, a co-operative gate keeper just might let you walk a few meters
inside for a better view.Velli Lagoon The Velli Tourist Village is just on the outskirts
of the city. The place is an good picnic spot with some good restaurants and boating
facility in the bottle green river. The beach is the other attraction. The fishing
activity near the beach area is an interesting sight. Ponmudi (61 km) This is a small hill
station near Trivandrum, accommodation and restaurants are available. This a good trekking
area. There are buses from Trivandrum between 6.00 am and 7.00 pm. The journey takes 2 ½
hours.Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary (50 km) This sanctuary is on the way to Ponmudi , a small detour from
Vithurai. The possible wild life sightings are elephants, sambhar, leopards and the lion