Explore Your Destination

Your stay at a UDS Hotel is designed to offer you an experience of the destination as well. Short trips from the Hotel give you a glimpse of the local sights and flavours. All the UDS locales offer a microcosm of all of Kerala’s attractions. Scenic locations like hills, backwaters, beaches, waterfalls and wildlife; a rich heritage and thriving culture - both natural and manmade await you at every turn.

A day in the city

Veli

Veli Tourist Village

The Veli Tourist Village is designed around the area where the Veli Lake meets the Arabian Sea. The picturesque Estuary with its sunset views is a local favourite for picnickers. Boating, horse riding, a floating café and a children’s park provide for fun-filled activity.

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The Napier Museum

Also called the Government Art Museum, Kerala's rich cultural heritage is in full display here. The museum is named after erstwhile Madras Governor-General, John Napier. Built in the 19th century, its architecture is a mix of Indian, Chinese, Kerala and Mughal styles and features a natural air-conditioning system. The museum showcases historical artefacts including bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings. The Japanese shadow play leather that is used to depict the Indian epics - Mahabharata and Ramayana – is an impressive display.

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Napier Museum
The Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum, a modern structure, houses some excellent exhibits like the skeletal, bird, animal and taxidermy galleries.

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The Sree Chithra Art Gallery

The Art Gallery near the Napier Museum was opened in 1935 by Sree Chithira Thirunal, the then Maharaja of Travancore. It is a treasure house of rare paintings by Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlova and Nicholas Roerich; and exquisite works from the Mughal, Rajput and Tanjore schools of art. An oriental collection consisting of paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali are a tribute to the art and culture of these countries. Also on display are unique copies of Indian mural paintings from pre-historic times down to the 18th Century.

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The Sree Chithra Art Gallery

Palaces and Temples

Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, takes its name from Anantha Padmanabhan - the presiding deity of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Built with a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture, this is believed to be the world’s richest temple.
Dating back to 8th century, Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is one of the 108 sacred Vishnu temples or Divya Desam in India. Ornate with rock sculptures, the temple features the deity Vishnu reclining on the serpent Anantha in a 19-foot sculpture.

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Padmanabhapuram Palace

Padmanabhapuram Palace is a masterpiece of the indigenous Kerala architecture. Styled in wood, the palace with its murals, floral carvings and black granite floor evoke a sense of wonder and pride. Intricate rosewood carvings, sculptured décor, murals from the 17th and 18th centuries, a mahogany musical bow, windows of colored mica, royal chairs with carvings from the Far East and painted ceilings, all exude a unique mysticism. The Durbar Hall with its shiny black floor made of a combination of egg white, jaggery, lime, burnt coconut-shell charcoal and river sand is a rare architectural feat. The palace, which dates back to 1601 AD, also has secret underground passages, the famous medicinal bed in the King’s bedroom, mural paintings, pictures of Sree Krishna, a temple dedicated to Goddess Saraswati, open air swimming baths, fish carvings and hanging brass lanterns that have been continuously lit since the 18th century

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Padmanabhapuram Palace
Kuthiramalika Palace

Kuthiramalika Palace

The horse mansion is so called because of the 122 wood-carved horses that support its rafters. Kuthiramalika was constructed in the 1840s by Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma, a Maharaja of the Kingdom of Travancore in British India. It is a great example of the Kerala school of architecture and is built of teakwood, rosewood, marble and granite; its ceilings and floors embellished with vegetable dye paintings. The Museum houses idols and sculptures made from white marble, Kathakali figures, Belgian mirrors and paintings – many of which are valued testimony of the spice trade that flourished between Kerala and the world.

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The Parasurama Temple

The 2000-year-old temple Parasurama Temple at Thiruvallam is about 7 km from Thiruvananthapuram city. Located on the banks of the River Karamana this is the only temple in Kerala dedicated to Parasurama, the mythological creator of the State. This temple is a venue for ancestor worship. As part of the bali ritual, devotees make offerings to the souls of the departed, after taking a dip in the holy water.

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The Parasurama Temple
Vizhinjam Rock-cut Cave temple

Vizhinjam Rock-cut Cave temple

Belonging to the 18th century, the granite cave temple at Vizhinjam is a single-rock shrine with a loose sculpture of Vinandhara Dakshinamurthi. The outer wall of the cave depicts half-complete reliefs of the Shiva and Parvathi.

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Beaches and Harbour

Kovalam Beach

Kovalam Beach

The crescent shaped Kovalam Beach edges the calm and beautiful bay created by a huge rocky promontory. A favourite with beach lovers since decades, Kovalam with its rustic charm welcomes visitors from all over the world. The beach here comes alive under the tropical sun from October to March, when the weather is pleasant. Apart from swimming, sunbathing, catamaran cruises and cultural feasts, visitors delight in exploring the old lighthouse nearby.

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Poovar Beach

Offers one a wonderful view of the formation of the backwaters and a large amount of exotic wildlife. The golden sands are home to some of best picnic spots in the area. This area is located at the juncture of the Neyyar River joining with the Arabian Sea. Boating trips in the area are exquisite and can be arranged at nominal rates. Located 12 km from Kovalam in Thiruvananthapuram, here one gets to see a slice of life in a coastal village. It is a beautiful location that is garnering more attention with each passing year.

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Poovar Beach
shankumukham

Shankhumugham Beach

Just 7 km from the city of Thiruvananthapuram, the Shankhumugham beach is a favourite haunt for people coming to watch sunsets. The beach is adjacent to the Trivandrum International Airport and Veli Tourist Village. An indoor recreation club, the matsya kanyaka (a gigantic, 35 m long sculpture of a mermaid), a restaurant and a children's park are some of the attractions at the Shankhumugham beach.

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Vizhinjam Harbour

The Vizhinjam fishing village is a natural port and one of the busiest fishing harbours in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Vizhinjam Harbour
Saagarika Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium

Saagarika Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium

The aquarium houses a rich treasure of marine species. The centre has perfected the Image Pearl production technique, by which a mould of any shape, made of shell cement is implanted into the pearl oyster. In two to three months, a pearl in the shape of the mould will be ready.

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Trek in the wilds

Brymore

Brymore

The Brymore area is Nature in all its glory – green valleys, streams and waterfalls, native flora and fauna, caves and Shola forests. Just the location to start an exhilarating trek all the way to Ponmudi hills. The sprawling Brymore Estate with 900 acres of tea, rubber, coffee and spices and tea factory, is a good place to stop over.

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Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary

A haven for wildlife enthusiasts, the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is home to elephants, gaurs, sambar, barking deer, and wild boar. Another panoramic locale for a trek, you can sight endemic birds like Malabar Grey Hornbill, White bellied Treepie, and the Small Sunbird on your path through the green valleys.

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Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
Vellayani Lake / Farm walks

Vellayani Lake / Farm walks

The Vellayani Lake near Kovalam is life source for the local people in more ways than one. The Lake and its surrounding 70 hectares of farmlands are also a favourite haunt of birds like herons, egrets, kingfisher, eagle, woodpecker etc. Traditional fishing operations here are a fascinating sight.

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village Tour

Brymore

Brymore

The Brymore area is Nature in all its glory – green valleys, streams and waterfalls, native flora and fauna, caves and Shola forests. Just the location to start an exhilarating trek all the way to Ponmudi hills. The sprawling Brymore Estate with 900 acres of tea, rubber, coffee and spices and tea factory, is a good place to stop over.

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Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary

A haven for wildlife enthusiasts, the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is home to elephants, gaurs, sambar, barking deer, and wild boar. Another panoramic locale for a trek, you can sight endemic birds like Malabar Grey Hornbill, White bellied Treepie, and the Small Sunbird on your path through the green valleys.

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Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
Vellayani Lake / Farm walks

Vellayani Lake / Farm walks

The Vellayani Lake near Kovalam is life source for the local people in more ways than one. The Lake and its surrounding 70 hectares of farmlands are also a favourite haunt of birds like herons, egrets, kingfisher, eagle, woodpecker etc. Traditional fishing operations here are a fascinating sight.

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