Hotel Horizon is situated in Thiruvananthapuram, the Capital city of Kerala - known as the Gods own country. Kerala is considered to be one of the "must see" locations of a life time'. The name Trivandrum is derived from the deity of Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, located in the centre of the city. Thiru-anantha-puram is a three syllable name meaning the abode of the sacred serpent, God "Anantha". Lord Vishnu, as per ancient Indian mythology rests on this huge serpent. This city and District are also popularly known by its anglicized name, Trivandrum.
Thiruvananthapuram, the southernmost District of Kerala state is situated between north latitudes 8½ 17' and 8½ 54' and east longitudes 76½ 41' and 77½ 17'. The southernmost extremity, 'Parasala' is 56 Kms. away from Kanyakumari which is located at the southernmost tip of India. The District stretches along the shores of Arabian Sea for a distance of 78 Kms.
Kollam District is towards North and Thirunelveli and Kanyakumari Districts of Tamil Nadu are on the East and South respectively. The District can be divided into three geographical regions viz; highlands, midlands and lowlands.
The large forest reserves favourably affect the climate and induce rain in the District. It is cool in the mountain ranges and hot in the plains. Humidity is high and rises to 90 percent during the south-west monsoon. The District gets rainfall from both the south-west monsoon and the north-east monsoon. The south-west monsoon starts by June and fades out by September. The north-east monsoon starts in October. During the months of April and May, the mean daily maximum temperature rises to 35½ Celsius and in December-January it may go down to 20½ Celsius.
Horizon situated just 9 km away from the Airport and ½ km from the Railway Station and Central Bus Station and is in close proximity to the shopping centers, Government Offices, museum, zoo and park.
Important Tourist Locations in and around Thiruvananthapuram
Thiruvananthapuram and its famous beaches are one of the top tourist destinations of Tourists in India. It is the capital city of Kerala and is popularly called the "God's Own Country". Thiruvananthapuram is well connected by air, rail and road. There are air links to almost all the countries in Gulf, besides being well connected to the rest of India. South East Asia is connected via a daily air-link to Singapore.
Thiruvananthapuram is a Railway Division Office and an important Railway Station. There are daily trains to Delhi, Bombay, Chennai, and Bangalore and local train services to all points in Kerala.
Shree Padhmanabhaswamy Temple
Shree Padhmanabhaswamy Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is held sacred by the Hindus from Time immemorial. The temple has a large complex with a huge Gopuram. The Temple has a pond built beside it for the fulfilling the purpose of ritual bathing.
Kovalam is 12 Kms. to the South of Thiruvananthapuram and is one of the finest beaches in India. It has been developed into an integrated seaside resort. The beach complex has many hotels, cottages, yoga centres, etc.
Situated about 2 Kms. South of Kovalam, it is believed to be an ancient port. The Dutch and Portuguese had commercial establishments here. It is being developed as a modern fishing harbor.
A pleasant resort at an elevation of 912m above sea level. It is 61 Kms. from Thiruvananthapuram and connected by road. There are many tea and rubber estates around the hills
The boat club attracts tourists by providing facilities for pedal boating, row boating and swimming on the placid waters of the Veil lake.
The Kanakakunnu Palace
The Palace, situated in the heart of Trivandrum city is one of the most beautiful buildings the city possesses. The palace and its sprawling grounds are today the venue for many cultural events and meets. The Museum building is an architectural splendor. The Napier museum, the natural history museum, the reptile house and the Shri Chitra Art Gallery are in the same complex amidst a well laid out garden and park.
The Science and Technology museum, the Government Secretariat, the Kowdiar Palace, the Senate House, are some of the other tourist attractions in the city.
It is a pilgrim centre for the devotees of Sree Narayana Guru, one of the patron saints of Kerala, whose motto was "One God, One Religion, One Caste". It is only 51Kms. from Trivandrum by road and also, holds one of the best beaches prevailing within the State.
The Napier Museum is an art and natural history museum situated in Thiruvananthapuram. The museum was established in 1855. The museum houses a rare collection of archaeological and historic artefacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings. It also contains the Sree Chitra Art Gallery, which contains works from Raja Ravi Varma and Nicholas Roerich, as well as examples of Mughal and Tanjore art. The Museum grounds also hold the famous Trivandrum Zoo, which is one of the oldest zoological gardens in India.
Thiruvananthapuram Zoo was started in 1857 as an annexe to the Napier Museum and is one of the oldest of its kind in India. Situated in 55 acres, the Thiruvananthapuram Zoo is home to 82 species from around the world. Indigenous species at the zoo include lion-tailed macaque, Nilgiri langur, Indian rhinoceros, Asiatic lion, royal Bengal tiger, white tiger, leopard and Asian elephants (as of 31 March 2009). Animals from Africa include giraffes, hippos, zebras, and Cape buffalos.