Trivandrum Backwaters : The southernmost district of the State, Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuram is situated on the seashores of the Arabian Sea and has a long secluded world-famous shoreline and beaches. It has a rich historical and cultural heritage and backwater stretches, the prime ones being Thiruvallam and Veli. 6 km from Trivandrum, Thiruvallam is a serene and peaceful backwater stretch enroute to Kovalam. The canoe rides of the place are famous and it is a confluence point of two rivers, Killi and Karamana. The highlights of Thiruvallam are a temple dedicated to Parasurama, who is said to be the founder of Kerala, according to Hindu mythology. It makes a great one-day tour.
Veli Tourist Village, surrounded by the Veli lagoon and the Arabian Sea separated by a narrow sand bar, offers water sport facilities in the lagoon. The 18-acre waterfront park with a floating bridge connecting the village to the beach is the favorite of the Keralites. Another popular picnic spot of the region is the Aakulam Boat Club offering boating facilities on the lake and children’s park with a swimming pool. The capital of Kerala, Trivandrum is a major center for tourism, politics and industries. The temples of Trivandrum, the boisterous activities during Onam, the architectural planning, the verdant greenery, the beautiful beaches and enchanting backwaters make the city a much-preferred tourist destination.