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Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Overview of Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram):
God’s own country with its psychedelic sunsets complete with palm trees swaying to whatever music the wind chooses to play, the wafting aromas of the land of coffee, spices and coconuts, the bastion of communism, a literate people whose friendliness is only surpassed by their curiosity for more. Kovalam Beach A place that fiercely retains and respects the ancient traditions while viewing the modern with tolerance and invitation – Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum is Kerala incarnate.

There is beauty and intelligence, the exotic and the mundane; there are Ayurvedic massages that elicit equal amounts of pain and pleasure, beaches and lagoons with the best part being the preservation of it all the way Nature meant it to be.

Trivandrum is also a bustling city, where the business of life is carried out like it is around the world, interspersed with everyday visits to the nearby temple or mosque. Myth has it that the place derives its name from it being the city of Anantha, the sacred serpent of Vishnu. History has it that Thiruvananthapuram had once been the port of call for Romans and Jews, Arabs and Christians. Believable, considering that it remains one of the biggest centers for sea-bound labors.

Trivandrum AttractionsPlaces To Visit:

Government Art Museum
This museum has much to impress the visitor with. Trivandrum MuseumBuilt in an exquisite blend of Kerala, Mughal, Chinese and Italian styles of architecture, the museum is also known as the Napier Museum after the erstwhile Governor General of Madras John Napier. This 19th century building boasts of a unique natural air-conditioning system and the displays include exquisite bronzes, ancient ornaments and costumes, ivory carvings and musical instruments, and a whole temple chariot.

Puttan Malika Palace Museum
Built by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balrama Verma of Travancore, an accomplished poet and musician, the traditional Travancore style museum is made better with its exquisite woodcarvings. There is a priceless art collection among other exhibits and the palace also hosts an annual classical music festival between 27th January and 3rd February.

Sree Chitra Art Gallery
Located in the museum compound is this Art Gallery featuring an eclectic collection of works by Roerich and Raja Ravi Verma. This of course is only among the many other paintings from the Mughal, Rajput, Bengal and Tanjore schools of art. There is also a fabulous collection of oriental art from the Far East and Bali.

The Zoological Gardens
With a setting that includes woodlands and beautiful lakes, this is arguably one of Asia’s best laid-out zoos. Whether it is love for the animals or just a need for a good day out, this is an excellent place to visit.

Indian School of Martial Arts (ISMA)
Kalaripayattu, KeralaA definite must see is the ISMA, which continues to preserve and impart training in the 5,000-year-old martial art of Kerala – Kalarippayattu. Established in 1983 it is in Vazhuthacaud in the heart of the city. A three-storied building, the main attraction is the traditional kalari – the arena for practising the art, built 10 ft below ground level. ISMA is also a renowned healing centre where the traditional kalarichikitsa – an exclusive branch of medicine – has been practised for years. The rare collection of olagranthas – palm leaf manuscripts also makes it a place with historical value.

Kovalam Beach
This building, designed in the English Gothic Style, was built in 1878. The main structure rises 54.2 m in height and is surmounted by statues representing Justice and Mercy. Beautiful Kovalam, endowed with a sheltered bay making it safe and pleasant to swim in during the off-monsoon months is no doubt, one of the best places to be. Food, rest, Ayurvedic massages and long walks with the inevitable shopping will make your visit here memorable and a true vacation.

Shanghumugham Beach
Trivandrum Mermaid Statue The Shanghumugham Beach is close to Trivandrum international airport. This is a favorite place for locals to spend their evenings. However do not expect to enjoy bathing in sea here since the water is not really clean and it is pretty crowded.

Veli: The Veli Tourist village, is around 11km away from Trivandrum city where the lake merges with the sea. Veli is a popular tourist destination for Keralites.

Trivandrum ClimateClimate: Pleasantly tropical throughout the year, Trivandrum’s proximity to the sea makes for weather that has its variations. Other than the monsoons between May and October, which are long and heavy, summer temperature goes up to 32°C while winters are a pleasant 29°C.
Best Time To Visit: If you love the rains, anytime and if you don’t, September to May.

Trivandrum FactsThiruvananthapuram Facts:

  • Population: About 3,234,707
  • Main Language(s): Malayalam, Tamil and English
  • Time Zone: GMT + 05:30
  • Phone Area Code: 0471
  • Airport Distance from City Center: 8 kms
  • Taxi Rates from Airport to City: Pre-paid taxi service available

Agartala, Tripura, India

Agartala Overview:
Agartala, the capital town of the eastern state of Tripura, India is a storehouse of rich cultural diversity. Surrounded by hills on three sides, Agartala is a picturesque city in northeastern India. The city has many remarkable buildings in the Indo-Saracenic style (a mix of Hindu and Muslim architecture), the most prominent of which is the Ujayanta Palace, built in 1901 by Maharaja Radha Krishna Kishore Manikya Bahadur.

Agartala gained prominence when Maharaja Krishna Kishore Manikya shifted his capital from old Agartala to the present site, in 19th century.
Ujjainti Palace Agartala
Agartala can serve as a comfortable base for seeing the rest of scenic Tripura, which has wildlife sanctuaries, rock-cut religious sculptures and fabulous ancient temples, including the Temple of Fourteen Deities in Old Agartala, the former capital 5 km to the east, which draws thousands of devotees for the Karchi Puja in the month of July.

A number of lakes in different parts of the city add to the charm of Agartala.

Agartala ClimateAgarthala Climate: The climate is characterized by moderate temperatures and a highly humid atmosphere.
Best Time To Visit: The best time to visit Agartala is between October and April. Towards the beginning and end of this period, one might experience a few showers, but they are quite refreshing.

Agartala AttractionsPlaces To Visit: Following are the popular tourist attractions in Agartala, India.

Ujjayanta Palace :
Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya built this royal house over a one Sq. km property in Agartala between 1899 and 1901. Agartala Tripura, India It is a two storied mansion, having a mixed type of architecture with three high domes, the central one being 86m high. The magnificent tile floor, curved wooden ceiling and beautifully crafted doors are particularly notable. The palace is set with huge Mughal style gardens, beautified by pools and gardens and tiled floors.

Ujjayanta Palace, now is the state Legislature Assembly office

Kunjaban Palace:
Built by Maharaja Birendra Kishore Manikya in 1917, it was called Pushbanta Palace then. Now it is the governor’s residence. It is located on the northern side of Agartala. This place was frequented and cherished by poet Rabindranath Tagore.

Malancha Niwas :
The Bungalow adjacent to Kunjaban palace situated on a hillock was originally a house where Tagore stayed during his visit in 1919. The construction was subsequently built and given the name of Malancha Niwas

State Museum:
It has on display some of the rarest stone images, old coins, Bengal Kanthans and archaeological findings from Tripura and adjoining areas.

Sepahijala Agartala. Sepahijala
The Sepahijala Wild life sanctuary is just 15 Km from Agartala.

Old Agartala :
8 kms from the main city and the former capital of the state, Old Agratala is famous for the ritual worship of the fourteen presiding deities of the Royal House in Chaturdasa devta temple.

Tripurasundari Temple :
Temple of goddess Kali (locally known as matabari). Located at Udaipur South Tripura approx. 80Km from Agartala

Agartala FactsAgartala Facts & Figures:

  • Population: 175,500
  • Main Language(s): Bengali, Kokbarak, English
  • Time Zone: +5.30hrs GMT
  • Phone Area Code: 0381

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