From Varkala, we took a bus to Trivandrum, our next destination. The capital of Kerala, its one the crowded cities in Kerala, situated on the west coast of India, and is bounded by Laccadive Sea to its west and the Western Ghats to its east. Like any other city, Trivandrum also has innumerable restaurants, which didn't fail to excite a foodie like me. Hotel Rehmaniya serves delicious beef, mutton and appam. Sneak into Hotel ZamZam for Malabari-style biriyani, and Hotel South Park for Onasadya, a typical Kerala recipe that will make your taste-buds go crazy!
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Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Padmanabhaswamy templeThis temple is home to Lord Vishnu in a reclining position, the temple is an architectural wonder filled with murals, sculptures, inscriptions and carvings. The temple is lit by oil/ghee filled lanterns and no artificial electricity is used withing. Men have to wear lungi (indian traditional dress) and remain bare chested. It is the richest temple in the world with tonnes of gold hidden inside its premises.
The mysterious palace of Kowdiar is an important landmark of Trivandrum. The last of Travancore descendants reside in this palace, which was once a wedding gift by Travancore Thamburan Shri Chithirai to his daughter. This is the last and only palace where the royal family decided to settle with their descendants after the princely states of India were permanently dissolved. The place is restricted for public, but tourists still flock the place for a view of its grand facade.