Friday, July 8, 2011

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM DISTRICT- Part 2

Chirayinkeezhu is the birth place of Prem Nazir who acted in  hero roles of Malayalam films for a span of forty years
His name is entered in the  Guinness Book of World records.He earned the title 'Evergreen Hero' of Malayalam Cinema.Chirayinkeezh is the birth place of another well known actor of Malayalam films who got Best Actor
National Award in 1977.It was none other than 'Bharat Gopi'.
Sarkara Bhagawathi temple which is very famous is in Chirayin Keezhu.
Aruvippuram is a place near Neyyattinkara where Sree Narayana Guru established a Siva temple.
Neyyattinkara is the southern taluk where a Sree Krishna temple is very famous.Neyyattinkara has earned fame
in history because of 'Ammachi Plavu' which was a Jack fruit tree which helped as an aid to protect the life of
Marthanda Varma Maharajah from his enemies.When the enemies chased him he climbed on the jack fruit
tree and sat inside a big cavity of that  tree.The enemies could not find the hiding Maharajah and he escaped
afterwards.There is still a jack fruit tree on that spot.
Pulayanar Kotta is where the famous T.B. Hospital is functioning.It was established during the Maharajah
rule.
Palode is famous for the Botanical Garden existing there.It is a boon to researchers and students.Plants and
herbs of all varieties and many kinds of trees are grown and protected there.
Agasthyakoodam is a small mountain situated at an altitude of 6132 feet.It is believed that it is the abode of Saint 'Agasthya' who lived there for many years.
Anchuthengu is famous for a fort which was  a British colony.The fort was built in the year 1690.
Padmanabhapuram Palace is situated on Kanyakumari route.This was the palace of 'Venad' Kings.When
Marthanda Varma Maharajah defeated the nearby states and annexed to Venad to form 'Travancore State'
he shifted the capital to 'Thiruvananthapuram'  and  made 'Kowdiar Palace' as the Royal Residence..
Kilimanoor is famous as the birth place of world famous artist 'Raja Ravi Varma'.Kilimanoor was also a princely state which joined with Travancore.The palace is still existing there.
Thumba is where Vikram Sarabhai Space Center is situated.
Kazhakkoottam which is 15km from the city is where the 'Techno Park' is situated.So many I.T. companies
are functioning there.
Thiruvallom is famous for the 'Parasurama' temple where the rituals for the souls of departed relatives are done.There are only few places in Kerala where such rituals can be performed.
Varkala is an important place in Thiruvananthapuram District.Sree Narayana Guru's samadhi place is
'Sivagiri' which is in Varkala.Devotees in large numbers visit 'Sivagiri' every day.'Papanasam' beach in
Varkala has also earned International fame.There is a cliff just near the beach which is also attractive.
Varkala Janardhana Swamy Temple is a very famous shrine.
Thozhuvancodu Temple,Karikkakam temple,Sasthamangalam Mahadeva Temple,Ambalamukku Sreekrishna
temple,Ulloor Bala Subramanya Swamy temple,Kowdiar Bala Subramanya temple,Pachalloor Bhadrakali
temple,Pazhanchira Devi Temple,Shanghum Mugham Devi Temple,Sree Kandeswaram Temple etc are
 important and famous temples in Thiruvananthapuram.
Sanghummugham beach is visited by all tourists which is also very attractive.Eminent personalities of this District includes Chattampi Swamikal,Sree Narayana Guru,Ayyan Kali,Kumaran Asan,Raja Raja Varma,Raja Ravi Varma,Ulloor S.Parameswara Iyer,E.V.Krishna Pillai,O.N.V.Kurup,Singer Hariharan,M.G.Radhakrishnan,M.G.Sreekumar,K.S.Chithra,etc

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