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Kerala Tourism Development Corporation operates sightseeing tours by coach for places of interest in the city as well as for excursions to other tourist centres. The city tour is run on all days, except Monday, from 8 am to 7 pm (Rs. 70).

The following tours are also organised:
Kanyakumari, daily, Rs. 150;
Ponmudi, daily, Rs. 100;
Periyar, on Saturdays, 2 days, Rs. 300;
Kodaikanal, last Saturday, 3 days, Rs. 500;
Courtallam, every Saturday/ Sunday, Rs. 150.

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Important Phone Numbers
Police: Tel: 100.Fire: Tel: 101.Ambulance: Tel: 102
The annual races of the snake-boats are usually held during the second week of August. While the races are the most publicised event, there are other festivals where boats are used.

In the second week of September, at Aranmula, 128 km from Thiruvananthapuram, a procession of boats and races is held as part of the Festival of the Parthasarthy Temple.

Another important festival of snake-boats' display is a procession at Champakkulam, 16 km from Alappuzha. This festival is held in July in honour of Lord Krishna.

Elephants form an important part of temple property. Pooram Festival at Trichur, generally in the third week of April, is the most magnificent display of caparisoned elephants when they form the procession at Vadakkunathan Temple.

Finely dressed elephants also form a procession at Thiruvananthapuram in November as a part of the Arat Festival at Padmanabha Temple.

Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple
devoted to Lord Vishnu, is the most dominating feature of the city. The deity is depicted in a reclining position resting on the holy serpent, Anantha. The profusely carved seven-storey Mandapam is a fine example of south Indian sculpture. The temple was rebuilt by Raja Marthanda Varma in 1733 A.D. However, like in many other temples in Kerala, entry to the temple is restricted only to the Hindus and strict dress regulations are enforced.
The Public Park
It is also the best place for interests beyond religion. For, here are centred a variety of institutions, like the Napier Museum with a fine collection of Kerala bronzes, ornaments and costumes and a model of 'Tharawad', a traditional Nair family home; the Sri Chitra Art Gallery, the centre-piece ofthe gallery being the collection of the works of Raja Ravi Varma of Travancore and a number of Mughal and Rajput miniatures; the Observatory Hill; and the Zoo, the second-oldest in the country, is set in 50 acres and is complete with an artificial island, a hanging bridge and an aquarium. Generally, the visiting hours are from 10am to 11pm. Monday closed.

Other museums of interest are the Science and Technology Museum, Priyadarshini Planetarium near Hotel Mascot (10am to 5pm, closed on Monday) and Chacha Nehru Children's Museum, Thycaud, housing dolls, masks and paintings.




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