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KOVALAM



Kovalam Beach is hailed as one of the ten best beaches in world!It is a natural shelter bay about 13 kms from Trivandrum. The beaches of Kovalam are clean allowing you to dip into the waves of the ocean.A sheet of pure silver sand curves into an arch bordered on one side by the azure turquoise waters, and other side a trail of tall coconut palms.  As you swim in the tranquil waters, the large waves explode against the rocks in the sea, creating a white foaming lather.Revelling in sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes and catamaran cruising are absolutely delightful.

The tropical sun smiles flamingly down on to the sandy beaches that, a faint blush of coppery tan on the skin is highlighted in a matter of minutes. Habitué of glorious people, on the beach begins much into broad daylight and carries on well into the night. The beach surroundings include, Ayurvedic Health Centres, convention facilities, shopping zones, and Yoga Centres.Phantasmagoric this scenery, but by far it is semblant illusive reality of sand and water in a gleaming Tropical Paradise!

AROUND KOVALAM

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Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple

Centuries have swayed by, but the quality of reverence for the Lord, lay undiluted and strong. The holy temple dominates the city’s skyline with its magnificent seven storey gopuram. Thousands of devotees, begin their day by, offering prayers to the mighty deity. There is a legend, believing that when a learned Namboodiri Priest was doing penance, a young fair skin two-year old boy would keep appearing at his side and play with the articles of worship. One day, the little boy playfully put a sacred stone pertaining to Vishnu in his mouth. The priest was annoyed at sent the boy away. The boy immediately ran away, calling out the priest that if he wanted to find him, the priest would find him in Anantankatu, the forest of Anantha.

The priest quickly identified that the boy was not a normal boy, but of a divine force. He quickly ran after the boy, he reached the forest and wandered for hours till he was exhausted mentally and physically. Still disappointed, as he didn’t find the small boy. Just then, he heard a mother scolding her son for being naughty. He could here anklet bells chiming around, so he followed the sound and finally entered the dense part of the forest. Suddenly, just before the sun arose, a massive Indian Butter Tree crashed down, and a great divine shone with radiance. The God, Shree Padmanabha Swamy reclining on the great snake Anantha. And so, this is spot where the Shree Padmanabha Swamy Temple is built so magnificently.

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Zoological Gardens

A favourite for all, is the 82%, one of the first zoos in India, the Zoological Park, was established in 1859. A reptile house with different species of snakes and a vulture house are also located within the premises. Yann Martel, famously based the animals in his Life of Pi on those he observed in Trivandrum’s zoological gardens. Shaded paths meander through woodland, lakes and native forest, where tigers, macaques and hippos gather in reasonably large open enclosures.

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Napier Museum

Wooden Building created 1880 by Robert Chisholm, a British architect whose Fair Isle–style 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.

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Sree Chithra Art Gallery

Sree Chithra Art Gallery near the Napier Museum was opened in 1935 by Maharaja of Travancore, Sree Chithira Thirunal. The gallery displays a rare collection of artistic paintings full of vibrant colours by Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlova and Nicholas Roerich; exquisite works from the Mughal, Rajput and Tanjore schools of art. An oriental collection of paintings from famous places of China, Japan, Tibet and Bali serve a visual treat and attributing to the art and culture of these countries. The collection also includes unique specimens of the Indian mural paintings from pre-historic times down to the 18th Century.

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Poovar

Poovar is an isolated but spectacular beach. It is situated close to the Neyyar River estuary. Poovar being untouched and preserved, presents the beach as a haven for visitors, in the terms of ultimate privacy, among golden sandy beaches.Poovar is one of mothers nature’s best as the Lake, River, Sea and Beach meet the land. Truly a rare find in Kerala, the southern state of India!The historical importance of Poovar has its strong ties with the legendary King of the Princely State of Travancore, the great Marthanda Varma Maharaja.Legend has it that a stream was named as \"POOVAR\" by Marthanda Varma Raja describing it as River \"POO-AAR\" (meaning a stream of flowers). The beauty and greenery of the picturesque and unparallel silence of Poovar captured the thought of the Maharaja.It was also believed that this was the new acclaimed Maharaja, after his predecessor died. And since then the previous Raja’s sons, had decided to dethrone Marthanda Varma Maharaja and takeover the kingdom. As Marthanda Varma Maharaja was acknowledged by this, he fled his kingdom for his life was at stake, and arrived at Poovar River.

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Halcyon Castle

Halcyon Castle was built by the Regent Queen Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi of Travancore in 1932. The queen’s European guests were enchanted with the beauty of the town and led to the increased popularity of the town. Today, although the castle is converted into a luxury hotel, few areas can still be visited by non-guests for a fee.

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Valiyathura Pier

The Valiyathura Pier is a 214 meter long pier located at the ancient port of Valiyathura and is another serene and relaxing beach location near Kovalam. The pier was used by fishermen during the high tide and is now a famous spot for angling and photography.