Kovalam - breathtakingly beautiful - a haven of peace and tranquility - the idyllic tourist destination in God's own country. Three curve shaped beaches, alienated by stony outcroppings, from the major attraction of this coastal resort. Revelling in sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes and catamaran cruising are absolutely delightful.
The southernmost beach, the Lighthouse Beach is the one most frequented by tourists, Lighthouse Beach got its name due to the old Vizhinjam Lighthouse located on a 35 meter high on top of the Kurumkal hillock. The lighthouse is built using stones, is colored in red and white bands and enjoys a height of 118 feet.It's intermittent beams at night render the beach with an unearthly charm.
Eves Beach, more commonly known as Hawa Beach, ranks second, in the early day, is a beehive of activities with fishermen setting out for sea. With a high rock promontory and a calm bay of blue waters, this beach paradise creates a unique aquarelle on moonlit nights.
Wooden Building created 1880 by Robert Chisholm, a British architect whose Fair Islestyle version of the lingua franca shows his eagerness for traditional craft. This museum has a brilliant display of bronzes, Buddhist sculptures, temple carts and ivory carvings. The oriental interior is stunning and worth the visit.
Thiruvananthapuram Zoo is one of the oldest of its kind in India. Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma, who ruled Travancore between 1830 and 1847, established a menagerie where royal tigers, panthers, cheetahs, deer, boar, and other wild animals were kept. The zoo was originally built with the typical iron-barred cages prevalent at the time, and was designed for recreational purposes, but with increased loss of forest and wildlife due to human development, the goal of the Zoo has changed from recreation to conservation.
Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple
Padmanabhaswamy Temple is located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. The temple is built in an intricate fusion of the indigenous Kerala style and the Dravidian style (kovil) of architecture associated with the temples located in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu, featuring high walls, and a 16th-century Gopuram.