The city has all forms of tourism offering a ‘total experience’ of heritage, culture, religion, nature, health & education. The sector contributes heavily to the economy of Thiruvananthapuram.
►WORLD TOURIST DESTINATION - The city ranks SECOND in international arrivals in Kerala & THIRD in domestic arrivals. Kovalam was one of the locations selected by GoI in the early seventies to be developed as
a tourism destination. Over the years it has emerged as a popular world tourist destination. Other important beaches- Varkala located near Kovalam & Shankhumugham near the city centre.
►AYURVEDA CENTRES -There are more than 100 recognized Ayurveda centres in and around the city, which attract people from world over for recuperation & rejuvenation. Rs 7.15 crore in budget for Global Ayurveda
►RELIGIOUS TOURISM - The city falls in the major religious circuit of Sabarimala -Thiruvananthapuram - Aranmula. The city hosts the grand festival of Attukal Ponkala drawing millions of women devotees across India
and abroad. Other prominent religious festivals which attract lot of visitors are Padmanabhaswamy Temple Aaraattu, Vettukaad Church Festival and Beemapally Uroos.
►HERITAGE & CULTURAL TOURISM - The heritage & culture of the city is the major attraction for the tourists. The rich history, architecture and landscape blended with the cultural events across the year makes it
favorable to visit throughout the year.