Thiruvananthapuram - Kovalam (Kerala)

Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala is a beautiful city with palaces, art galleries and beaches. Chief attractions are the Sri Padmanabhaswami Temple, Kuthiramalika Palace Museum, the Kanakakkunnu Palace, the Science and Technology Museum and Planetarium, Observatory tower, Napier Museum, the Zoo and the Sri Chithra Art Gallery. Other places of interest include Kovalam beach (16 km), Veli Tourist village (9 km), Neyyar Dam and Wild life Sanctuary (32 km), Padmanabhapuram palace (60 km), Ponmudi hill resort (60 km) and Varkala beach (50 km) and the Sivagiri mutt.