1. Kovalam Beach
It is located at a distance of 16 km from Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station and about 10 km from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. It has a long coastline with substantial palm, a lighthouse, and clear waters, which makes it the main attraction of tourists in Trivandrum.
There are three beaches separated by rocky projection in its 17 KM long coastline, known as Light House Beach, Hawah Beach, and Samudra Beach. These three beaches together make famous semi-circular Kovalam Beach.
2. Padhmanabhaswamy Temple
Padmanabhaswami Temple is a very famous and sacred Hindu temple located in the heart of the city and is one of the best tourist places in Trivandrum. The history of the temple dates back to the 8th century and it was renovated by Marthanda Varma the king of Travancore in 1750.
The foundation of the present-day gopuram was laid in 1566. It is built by the side of a tank with 100 ft 7 tier gopuram. The temple corridor has 365-1/4 sculptured granite-stone pillars with decorative carvings. Here the deity Lord Vishnu is lying in an eternal sleep posture on the hood of a five-headed serpent. The architecture of the temple is very complex, a combination of Chera and Dravidian styles.
3. Shankhumugam Beach
This beach is located 7 km from Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway station and a short drive from International Airport. It is one of the best tourist places in Trivandrum. People come here in the evening to view the sunset, Giant Mermaid statue, some vantage points specifically created for picnickers.
4. Napier Museum and Zoo
Kallanai Dam is one of the popular attractions in the city. It was built by Chola dynasty rulers and is nearly 2000 years old. The dam happens to be still in use and is located in a scenic environment and lush green place. For all those looking for some merry time with their close ones can visit this dam as it is an ideal picnic spot. It happens to be a great place for history buffs and photo fanatics too.