The capital of Kerala and one of the oldest cities in India, Trivandrum is a fantastic gateway for tourists wanting to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. This city is a unique place to explore if you want to see some of the last remaining palaces from the kingdom of Travancore or one of the richest temples in the world, the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple or just relax at one of its many gardens. Nestled along the Arabian Sea, this city allows visitors to chill and relax on its renowned beaches. Referred to as the “Evergreen city of India”, the alluring features of this city includes an undulating terrain of low coastal hills and narrow bustling alleyways.
What to see & do
One of the oldest temples in India, the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is a must-see. Spend the day learning more than 1,000 stories associated with the immaculate sculptures and pillars at the temple. The temple is impressive with a mix of Kerala and Tamil architecture. The temple was even nominated into the last rounds of the 7 Wonders of the World for its impressive architecture which will leave you in awe. Head to the Padmatheertham, a pond within the temple which is also an iconic landmark. If you’re entering the temple from the east entrance, head to the Ramanayar Palace museum which houses a good collection of antiques and treasures from the Travancore era. The Kuthiramallikka Palace is another ancient palace with a grand façade designed in the shape of horses.
For art lovers, the Sri Chitra Art Gallery of Trivandrum is the place to go! The gallery which houses not only some of the best paintings of famous painters in India but paintings from Japan, China and Indonesia as well. It even has a collection of painting miniatures dating back to the Rajput and Mughal era.
Had to the Kanaka Kunnu Palace for a cultural treat. This place is famous for its galleries, grand lawns which serve as open-air auditoriums for concerts. Be sure not to miss traditional performers performing the Kathakali dance almost every evening. Check the newspapers for daily events such as theatre, film and dance performances around the city.
Life on the beach begins in the evening and carries on into the night. Do visit Kovalam Beach, a world-renowned beach. The beach has gotten a little crowded recently but it is still worth visiting for its beautiful bay of calm waters which are ideal for sea bathing. A stroll along Shanghumugham Beach is priceless especially during sunset. Sit by the beach sipping a fresh coconut as you watch the sun set into the horizons of the Arabian Sea.
How to get around within the city
Visitors have a wide array of transport options for exploring the city. The cheapest way to get around Thiruvananthapuram is by the local buses. Do consider taking the auto-rickshaws or taxis around the city because they are convenient, plentiful and cheap, especially if you travel in groups. It is also best to explore the city on foot as most of the attractions are clustered together in the same area.
How to get there
Thiruvananthapuram is well-connected domestically and internationally. The main gateway to Thiruvananthapuram is the Trivandrum International Airport situated 3.7 km from the city centre. IndiGo Airlines, Jet Airways and SpiceJet Airlines offer daily direct domestic flights from various destinations in India to this historic city.
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