Sightseeing- Zoo, Planetarium, Padmanabhaswamy Temple.Shopping City- Sarees, ChipsChecked in a hotel in eveningHotel Name- Jumayira Residency, Trivandrum. ( Rs.4000/- for 2 a.c. rooms.)Day 7 Kovalam
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Finally, I rested my bike on the bay of a rocky promontory. The beach, and its crescents painted on the canvas of the Arabian Sea waves. This calm retreat was a perfect end to my trip. From sunbathing at noon to Catamaran-cruising under the clear starlit sky, life didn’t seem to cease at a single wasted moment on this beach. I had thought of staying for just a night, but the tapering end of my trip got extended to a weeklong Yoga retreat, which I enjoyed as the waves hit the porch of my rented beach house. I could never get enough of my adventurous saga, yet I had to reconsider my pocket and start my journey back home. However, I realized who I actually was during my journey of finding my granddad's essence; sitting on the very same bike that he had, about 50 years back, and lying back on the sands, close to the sea, I saw his reflection within me!
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.
As soon as I entered the main gate of Padmanabhapuram palace, its aesthetic glimpse left me rapturous, While I was trying to froze the panorama in a photograph the guard interrupted me and asked to remove footwear and buy a ticket first. The front yard is nicely leveled with beige color sand. It was soothing to walk on warm sand ascribed to morning sunlight.As soon as we entered first building complex we advanced towards beautiful verandah with illustrious intricately carved wooden interiors.
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.
We moved to Attukal waterfalls but the amount of water flowing was a bit low. Then we had to see the making of tea, for that we visited Kanan Devan mueseum and were totally fascinated with the process. Then the much anticipated one, Eravikulam National Park but there was a big queue and the waiting was of 1.5 hours, we couldn't catch that one as we had our returning bus at 4.30 pm. Do visit this national park as you can catch a glimpse of nilgai there which is very rare. So at the end we had lunch and then moved back with lots of memories and the beauty of the place stored in our minds.