Many spots in the district are breathtakingly beautiful and a treat to the eye. A few are:

Agasthyakoodam

                About 1869 meters above sea level, Agasthyakoodam is the highest peak in the Western Ghats, next only to Anamudi. Tradition says that the great sage Agasthya, had his abode in this peak. The place is also noted for its abundant ayurvedic herbs.

Akkulam

                Akkulam is one of the beautiful picnic spots, in the suburbs of Thiruvananthapuram city.  This place is only 10 kms. away and is easily accessible by road. The spot is developed on the banks of Akulam Lake, which is an extension of the Veli Lake. The calm and serene atmosphere and its unique natural beauty are a fascination for tourists.

                The Boat Club, which started functioning in 1989, now operates speed, safari, pedal and row boats from Akkulam to Veli Tourist Village. A traditional style Kettuvallom is also available for overnight stay. The swimming pool at Akkulam is equipped with glider and other playing facilities. The Children’s Park is a unique amusement spot. The newly commissioned musical fountain is an added attraction.

Anchuthengu

                Situated 40 kms. north of Thiruvananthapuram, along the sea coast, Anchuthengu is a place of historic importance. It was here that the first settlement of the English East India Company was established in 1864 A.D. Historically, the limits of area where five coconut palms stood (Anchuthengu, corrupted as Anjengo) was given on lease to the Company by the King of Travancore for trade purposes. The remains of the old English Fort, which had withstood many a siege, can be seen here even today.

Aruvikkara

                Sixteen kms. north of Thiruvananthapuram, gifted with lavish scenic beauty is Aruvikkara. Thiruvananthapuram gets its water supply from the Aruvikkara reservoir. There is an ancient temple dedicated to Durga, on the banks of the river.

Aruvippuram

                The place is about seven kms. from Neyyattinkara. There is a small waterfall here. A Siva temple founded by Sree Narayana Guru attracts a large number of worshippers during the Sivarathri festival. It is a beautiful spot for holiday seekers.

Balaramapuram

                Balaramapuram is famous for its hand-spun cloth.  Weaving is a cottage industry here with cooperative activity. It is 13 kms. south of the city towards Kanyakumari on National Highway 47.

Meenmutti and Kombaikani Waterfalls

                These are two magnificent waterfalls on the upper reaches of the Neyyar reservoir. A trek of two kms, through dense forests, would take one to Meenmutti waterfalls and a further two kms, to the Kombaikani waterfalls. The waterfalls and forests around them are worth experiencing.

Neyyar Dam

                Lying amidst the southern low hills of the Western Ghats, 29 kms. from the city, the catchment area offers facilities for boating and mountaineering. A three-hour climb over the hills across the reservoir affords the thrill of hiking. There are two beautiful waterfalls on the way. A Lion Safari Park and a Crocodile Rearing Centre have also been set up in the reservoir.

Neyyattinkara

                Neyyattinkara is an ancient town, situated about 20 kms. South-east of Thiruvananthapuram. The Sree Krishna Swami temple, founded by King Marthanda Varma (1729-1758), is of historical importance. Within the premises of the temple, there is a historic jack tree, known as Ammachi Plavu, in the hollow of which Marthanda Varma is believed to have hid himself and escaped death at the hands of his enemies.

Peypara

                Peypara is 50 kms. from the city on the way to Ponmudi. The sanctuary there, with its rich mammalian fauna and avis is emerging as a big attraction to wild life enthusiasts and ornithologists. It was established in 1938 over an area of 53 sq. kms. on the western ghats. Elephants, sambar, leopard, lion-tailed macaque and cormorant are commonly seen here.

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