Trivandrum is the anglicised form of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the southern Indian state of Kerala. The tourist-friendly city of Trivandrum is built over seven hills and is also popular the ‘City of Anantha’; Anantha refers to the sacred serpent in Hindu mythology. The city has got ample facilities to make tourists and travellers feel at home. The city’s geographical and socio-economic nature connects it well with the countries of the Middle East and South of India (Sri Lanka and Maldives). Trivandrum has its own full-fledged international airport and therefore serves as the major gateway to the key destinations of southern India. During your trip to Trivandrum, you can also visit popular beaches like Kovalam in Kerala.
Tourist Attractions in Trivandrum
Awaiting travellers is a variety of tourist attractions in Trivandrum city. Your trip to Trivandrum also gives you an opportunity to visit Ayurveda centres, where you can fix an Ayurveda program for yourself. Given below are some popular tourist attractions in Trivandrum.
Trivandrum is home to three enchanting beaches which with its silvery beaches have always been a major tourist magnet. Swaying palm trees, thrilling adventure sports and the sweet sound of water splashing against the rocks are some of its umpteen wonders. The lighthouse beach is the place where a number of hotels, yoga centres and restaurants have sprung up.
Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) is the city of the sacred serpent Anantha. The Padmanabhaswamy temple has been set up as a mark of respect for the same, which has an image of Lord Vishnu reclining on an annular snake (Anantha). The temple is built in a Dravidian style of architecture with its walls ornate with beautiful murals.
The serene backwater stretch at Thiruvallam is situated just 10 km from Trivandrum. Besides the quite houseboat rides, the tourists can also enjoy canoe rides.
Kuthiramalika Palace Museum
Situated inside an opulent palace built by Maharajah Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma, the museum houses a rare collection of wood carvings, miniature paintings and antique objects.
Sri Chitra Art Gallery
The art gallery displays priceless works from the personal collection of Raja Ravi Verma. Situated near the Napier Museum, the place also houses exquisite piece of art from the Rajput, Tanjore and Mughal dynasties.
Excursions from Trivandrum
Moving just a few kilometres away from Trivandrum will get you to famous tourist spots like Kanyakumari and the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Following are the options of excursions from Trivandrum.
Also known as Cape Comorin, this is the southern most part of India. The land’s end is the point where three seas, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal come in unison. The place is more popular as a religious destination while the view of the sun setting behind the ocean is also worth appreciating.
Popular Shopping Centres in Trivandrum
A number of souvenir and gift item shops are located on the M. G. Road and the Connemara Market. The must buys on a shoppers list are sandalwood items, brass statues and oil lamps. Antique shops are also a place where you can find some excellent memorabilia.
How to reach
By Air Trivandrum has an international airport connected to major cities across the world such as Colombo, Dubai, Kuwait, Mali and Abudhabi. Indian Airlines connects the city with other cities in India with daily flights to and from Cochin, Delhi, Goa, Mumbai and Chennai. A daily Indian Airlines flight departs from Delhi at 9:00 and arrives Trivandrum at 13:50.
By Rail Trivandrum is a major rail junction of the south Indian railways. The main railway station is located at Thampanoor, which connects the city with other major Indian cities through a number of regularly plying passenger, express and super fast trains. A daily train between Delhi (Dep. 11:30) and Trivandrum (Arr. next day 14:20) is the Kerala Exp.
By Road The main bus stand is located at Thampanoor, which is the place from where all the long distance buses leave and arrive at. KSRTC operates regular services to all the neighbouring cities in Kerala (including Kollam, Alleppey and Kochi) and Tamil Nadu. Buses also operate between Trivandrum – Kanyakumari and Trivandrum – Thekkady (Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary).
Best time to Visit The climate of Trivandrum is moderate with high levels of humidity owing to its proximity to the sea. The conditions remain pleasant throughout the year with the average temperature remaining around 30 degrees during summers and mid 20’s during the winters. Monsoon rains lash the area from May to September. The best time to visit the place is from October to April.