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Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave, Thiruvananthapuram

There are rock-cut sculptures dating from the 18th century in the cave temple at Vizhinjam located to the south of Kovalam junction. The granite cave here encloses a one-celled shrine with a loose sculpture of Vinandhara Dakshinamurthi. The outer wall of the cave depicts half-complete relics of the Hindu God Shiva with Goddess Parvathi.

Temple timings: 0900 – 1800 hrs. It remains closed on Mondays.

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Central, about 12 km
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, about 13 km

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The Dutch Cemetery, Ernakulam

The tomb stones here are the most authentic record of the hundreds of Europeans who left their homeland on a mission to expand their colonial empires and changed the course of history of this land. The cemetery was consecrated in 1724 and is today managed by the Church of South India.

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Ernakulam, about 6 km away
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 27 km away

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Secretariat, Thiruvananthapuram

Built in the Roman architectural style, Secretariat is the centre of government administration in Kerala and houses the offices of ministers and the bureaucracy. It is located in the heart of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala.

Contact number: +91 471 2336576

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Central, about a km
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, about 8 km away

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Bekal Fort, Kasaragod

Kasaragod is a beautiful town poised at the Northern extreme of Kerala State.16 km south of the town on the National Highway, is the largest and best preserved fort in the whole of Kerala, bordered by a splendid beach. Shaped like a giant keyhole, the historic Bekal Fort- built in 17th century – offers a superb view of the Arabian Sea from its tall observation towers, which were occupied by huge cannons, couple of centuries ago.

Near the fort is an old mosque said to have been built by the valiant Tipu Sultan of Mysore. Built by the rulers of the ancient Kadampa dynasty, the fort changed hands over the years to the Kolathiri Rajas, the Vijayanagar Empire, Tipu Sultan and finally, the British East India Company.

Today, the Bekal Fort and its surroundings are fast becoming an international tourist destination and a favourite shooting locale for film makers.

Visiting hours: 0800 – 1730 hrs

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Kasaragod, on the Kozhikode-Mangalore-Mumbai route, about 16 km
Nearest airport: Mangalore, about 50 km from Kasaragod town; Calicut International Airport, Kozhikode, about 200 km from Kasaragod.