Thiruvananthapuram, which is still referred to by its colonial-era name Trivandrum, is the capital city of the state of Kerala, popularly called ‘God’s Own Country’. The distinctive charm of its people along with the rich and cultural legacy left behind by its former rulers have helped pave the way for Trivandrum tourism. The architectural marvels of its museums and temples have added to the city’s appeal. Also a major IT hub for its state, Trivandrum has great locales that will make it a memorable trip.
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A visit to this state capital will certainly not be disappointing. Here are some of the places to visit in Trivandrum to make the most of your journey.
Tourism in Trivandrum is flourishing and some of the major contributors to this are the beautiful temples and cathedrals, edifices left by the historic rulers of the land. The inspiration of the city’s name, Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, is a significant part of the city’s landscape. Said to be a thousand years old, it is one of the rare temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The seven-tiered structure is a blend of Keralan and Dravidian styles of architecture and hard to miss as it can be seen from almost every point across the city. Then there is the Attukal Temple, where the Attukal Pongala is celebrated every year. The largest congregation of women for a festival in the world, the ritual offering of payasam is considered to appease the Goddess Bhagavathy, the deity residing in the temple. In fact, the entire city lights up with great vigour and the number of devotees has increased to such a point that it has entered the Guinness Book of World Records!
As you explore Trivandrum, you will find a number of beautiful museums that should not be missed. The Napier Museum, an art and natural history museum, is standing since the 19th century. Named after the then Madras Governor General, the museum’s beautiful architecture boasts an Indo-Saracenic influence. One of the unique things at this museum is the Japanese shadow play in which leather figures depicts the epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana. You can also marvel at the large collection of archaeological and historic artefacts which include bronze idols, ancient ornaments and much more. Another one of the city’s great museums is the Puthe Maliga Palace Museum, which used to be the palace of the Maharaja of Travancore. The rich embellishments of carved wooden ceilings and marble sculptures will make anyone appreciate the grandeur and art of the times gone by. Something you may not have known is that the palace is also called Kuthira Malika (place of horses). This name was coined all thanks to the 122 horse figurines in the brackets of the walls, which can still be seen if you lean out of the balconies.
The city’s location is a boon to water lovers. The Valiathura pier in the suburb of Trivandrum is a seaside wonder. One of the best experiences is witnessing the sunset as you stroll along the calm and serene waters of the ocean. And then there is Kovalam Beach. One of the best-known beach towns of Kerala, it is 37 km away from the city of Trivandrum. And it has something for everyone, whether you’re an adventure seeker or the pensive wanderer. The Kovalam coastline is spread across 17 km and is divided among three beaches; the Hawa Beach, the Lighthouse Beach and the Samudra Beach. Choose from amongst these three and head to Kovalam to have a great time. Since the Lighthouse Beach is the most popular out the three, you can head to the Samudra beach for a relatively quieter experience. And in case you’re feeling a little sporty, try out the different water sports: water-diving, parasailing and wind surfing; they’re bound to leave you with great memories. Another place treasured by this city is the Zoological Garden. Believed to be the oldest zoo in India, it has a rare and diverse collection of wildlife in India. These include the lion-tailed macaque, the Niliguri langur, the royal Bengal tiger and the white tiger. The famous writer Yann Martel based the animals of his novel Life of Pi from the animals he observed in Trivandrum’s Zoological Gardens.
Such a rich culture is bound to have an influence on the daily cuisine. And visiting during Onam will give you the chance to not only see Trivandrum’s famous places but also savour its amazing dishes. As South-Indian dishes are a popular breakfast choice across the country, the breakfast items offered here a must-try. Puttu, a steamed rice cake that is as famous the traditional idli-dosa is typically served with a chickpea-curry and a hot steaming cup of coffee to start the day. The city’s proximity to the sea has helped create mouth-watering dishes that will satisfy almost everybody’s palate. One of these is the Kerala prawn curry. A tangy and spicy mixture with a base of coconut milk, it is a flavourful delicacy, best served with red rice or appams. Other dishes that you could try are Varutha Kozhi and the Nadan Beef and Malabar Parotha.
Facing the Arabian Sea on the west coast of India, Trivandrum is located on the extreme south of the mainland in Kerala.
There is a reason for winter (October to February) being the most popular season among tourists coming to Trivandrum. With the temperatures dipping to 18 o C, and sometimes even accompanied by pleasant showers, a visit at this time generally proves to be a pleasant experience. Summers (March to May) are mostly hot and dry with temperatures soaring to 35oC, and not the recommended travel season. Then come the monsoons (June to September). Although Trivandrum receives less rainfall as compared to the rest of Kerala, there is still a higher footfall all thanks to the people who wish to see the city wrapped in a green blanket.
By Air - The Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is only 6.7 kilometres from the city centre. The first airport in Kerala, it has direct connectivity to all the major cities in India.
By Rail - Long distance trains originate from Thiruvananthapuram Central and the Kochuveli railway terminal. It is connected to the major Indian cities by trains with a consistent frequency.
By Road - It is linked by NH 66 to the National Highways system. It connects to the North-South corridor at Aralvaimozhi, 80 km south of the city.
An ancient land with a trading history dating back to 1000 BCE, the city was a trading post of spices, sandalwood and ivory. It is even believed that King Solomon’s ships landed in a port called Ophir (now Poovar) in Trivandrum in 1036 BCE. The region’s first rulers were from the Ays dynasty and they continued their rule till the 10th century. After their fall, the city fell in the hands of the Cheras till the 12th century, after which it was taken over by the Venad Kingdom. When the king Marathanda Verma expanded the territory to form the princely state of Travancore, Trivandrum was declared its capital and remained the capital when the Indian state of Kerala was formed post-independence.
With such remarkable places to visit and great food to try, it is no surprise that Trivandrum tourism is soaring. Take some time off, and plan your next trip to the amazing city of Trivandrum.
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Trivandrum is the capital of ‘God’s Own Country’ Kerala. Flanked by Arabian Sea and Tamil Nadu at both sides, this charming city is renowned all over the world for its spectacular Kovalam Beach. The lush green environs, long stretches of beach with golden sand and turquoise waters and availability of most modern facilities has made Trivandrum into one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in India. Being the Capital of Kerala, the city is also famous for its culture and historical legacy. Trivandrum is also called Thiruvananthapuram and is also home to one of richest and luxurious temples in the world. The beautiful sights, exciting activities and friendly people make Trivandrum truly a fantasy sojourn.
There are a lot of activities one can undertake in Trivandrum. Besides sightseeing, you can spend hours lazing at the beach, get ayurvedic massages and go for snorkelling and surfing. There is a lot interest people who are more of cultural enthusiasts rather than kinds who would just sit back and relax
Trivandrum flaunts undulating terrains, comprising low coastal hills coupled with some very scenic landscapes that present mesmerizing vistas. Trivandrum Holidays are immensely popular with many tourists making a trip to this palce every year.
There are many Trivandrum Travel Packages available, which will help you plan your tour to ensure a smooth journey. Tourists Travel to Trivandrum Tours on Trivandrum Vacation packages because of the diversity of landscape it offers, including sea, sea shores and hills.
This quaint, scenic city boasts of some amazingly breathtaking vistas that will enchant you. There is a lot to see around the town too. You can visit quite a few historically significant places such as Sree Anantha Padmanabha Temple, the East Fort, Ramanayar Palace museum, and the Kuthiramallikka Palace. There are other places of interests besides, such as Kerala Government Secretariat, Napier Museum, Keralan Museum, Sree Chithra Art Gallery, Zoological Park, Kerala Legislature Assembly Complex, Legislature Museum, Kanaka Kunnu Palace, and Priyadarshini Space Planetarium, among others.
You can choose from amongst the Trivandrum Holiday Packages to avail the one that is best suitable for you.