PADMANABHA SWAMY TEMPLE: Located inside the East Fort, this temple dedicated to lord Vishnu, is a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture. One among the 108 sacred Vishnu temples in India, the presiding deity here is Lord Vishnu reclining on Anantha, the Serpent. The idol, plated in gold and made out of a rare composition known as katu-sarkara-yogam, is acclaimed as a marvel.it is also noted for its mural paintings and stone carvings. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple. Dress code: Men-Dhoti without any upper clothing; Women: Saree or full skirt and blouse; Handbags, mobile phones, cameras etc .are not allowed. (Timings: Open 0415-0515hrs, 0645-0715hrs, 0830-1115hrs, 1145-1200hrs, 1700-1815hrs, 1845-1930hrs) ph: 2450233
ARATTU FESTIVAL: The vetta and arattu processions are held twice a year from the Padmanabha Swamy Temple to Shakhumugham beach, led by the members of the royal family of erstwhile Travancore. The idols from the temple are taken for a ritual purification in the sea. Cultural performances, including Kathakali, are staged during the occasion.
ATTRACTIONS: A DIFFERENT CLOCK:The unique clock tower near Padmanabha Swamy Temple has a clock with the face of a man on its dial. On either side are goats that hit his cheeks every time the clock completes an hour. Inspired by Dutch know-how, the clock, known as Meshan mani, was manufactured locally.
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Air: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport(6km from the city)has over 30 air links with convenient connections to colombo , Maldives, Singapore and the middle east. Indian Airlines , jet airways and many major airlines operate domestic flights to different parts of the country.
Rail: There are direct trains from Thiruvananthapuram to all the main towns in kerala as well as the major cities in india. Railway enquiry ph: 139.
Road: Long distance buses operate from the Central Bus Station at Thampanoor, opposite the railway station. KSRTC ph: 2323886.Short distance buses operate from the city bus station ,East fort ph:2575495.Taxi fare: minimum charge Rs.250(Non A/C)and Rs.300(A/C):Rs.7 per running km(Non A/C) and Rs.8 per running km(A/C).Autorickshaw fare minimum charge Rs.12;Rs.7 per running km.
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