The extensive backwaters of Trivandrum provide the picturesque view of
a paradise. The intricate lagoons, lakes, canals and rivers are lined up
along the dense tropical vegetation of Trivandrum. It is a breathtaking bout
to experience a solitary and calm glide through this network of waterways.
The backwaters form a specially attractive and economically valuable feature
of Kerala. The biggest backwater is the Vembabad lake, some 200 sq
kilometers in area, which opens out into the Arabian Sea at Cochin port.
The serene backwater stretch, en-route to Kovalam, is famous for its canoe
rides. It is the meeting point of two rivers-Killi and Karamana. A temple
dedicated to Parashurama, the legendary founder of Kerala, is located in
Few attractions of Trivandrum backwaters are:
Padmanabhaswamy temple: The most impressive landmark in the town, the
temple's presiding deity is Vishnu reclining on serpent Anantha. It has a
seven-story tower, umpteen number of pillars, intricate carvings and mural
Art and natural history museums,
art gallery and zoological and botanical gardens are located in a plot in
the heart of the city. The museum contains paintings and other collections
of the royal family.
Today it is a venue for
cultural and other public functions.
Science & Technology museum:
Mascot hotel, it is a valuable site for students and researchers.
A favorite haunt of sunset
watchers. A gigantic 35 m sculpture of a mermaid, called Matsya Kanyaka, is
a major attraction here. There is facility for recreational activities. The
place is near the airport and the Veli tourist village.
Veli tourist village:
An ideal picnic spot where
the lake joins the sea. Boating facility is available in the lake. A popular
retreat, it has a children's park and other attractions.
It is a popular picnic spot and has a
watchtower, crocodile farm, lion safari park and a deer park, Aruvikkara
dam, a picturesque picnic spot on the banks of Karamana river.