Exploring Trivandrum – The capital city of Kerala


"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count...it's the life in your years..."

How true this is.

Sometimes a break from your daily routine is the very thing you need..That will make you will feel refreshed and lively once you return back...

When I think about publishing a trip for the first time, the very first thing that came to my mind is to publish the place which I like the most in Kerala..

Born and brought up in the 'God's own Country', Trivandrum is quite a familiar place for me..But the city seems to be different when you visit it every time..

In each travel, you will get a bunch of memories. It would be good to use a Kerala destination guide before visiting the city to know it better. 

ABOUT TRIVANDRUM - The Capital city of Kerala:

The city gets its name from the Malayalam word thiru-anantha-puram , meaning the "City of Lord Ananta".

The name derives from the deity of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple at the center of the city.

Anantha is the serpent Shesha on whom Padmanabha or Vishnu reclines.

This temple of Vishnu reclining on Anantha remains the iconic landmark of the city.

Trivandrum is responsible for nearly 80% of software exports of Kerala, and boasts of a strong presence of MNC's as well as for being fourth biggest IT destination in India.

Best time to visit Trivandrum is from October to February, as it is the perfect time for beach vacations.


By Flight: There are regular flights from other major cities of the country to Thiruvananthapuram. Airport(s): Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (TRV)

By Train: Thiruvananthapuram is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular trains. Railway Station(s): Trivandrum Central (TVC), Varkala Sivagiri (VAK), Trivandrum Kochuveli (KCVL).

By Bus: You can easily get regular buses to Thiruvananthapuram from other major cities of the country.


Let's start our journey with blessings from Sree Padmanabha Swamy..

1) Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple:

Photo of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Fort, Pazhavangadi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India by Aswathy Nair

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Located inside the East Fort in Thiruvananthapuram,the Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple is a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture. The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Vishnu, reclining on Anantha, the hooded Serpent. Tourists coming to visit Kerala will never miss to visit Sree Padmanabha Temple.

Lakshadeepam aka One Hundred Thousand Lights:

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Feast of light for our eyes and soul - The phrase may seem a bit cliched to you. But when you get a glimpse of the grand Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple at Thiruvananthapuram when the majestic structure gets decked out with Lakshadeepam, you will feel renewed.

This event of decorating the temple with lights is held once in six years as the culminating ritual of Murajapam(means chanting mantras in turn), a 56 day- long chanting of sacred verses. On this day, the images of Lord Padmanabha, Lord Narasimha and Lord Krishna are taken out on Garudavahana (the mythological eagle which is the vehicle of Lord Vishnu) in a grand procession.The entire temple premises was lit up and the temple towers colourfully illuminated as part of Lakshadeepam. I felt blessed for getting the opportunity to see and experience the lakshadeepam in the last year(2014)..The ambience in the temple will take you to some other world..

Photo of Kovalam, Kerala, India by Aswathy Nair

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16 kms away from Trivandrum lies Kovalam, one of the main attractions for the tourists. The beach offers plenty of leisure options including sunbathing, Boating, Surfing, swimming and herbal body toning massages.

3) Shanghumukham Beach

Photo of Shanghumugham Beach Parking, Palayam Airport Road, Kannanthura, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India by Aswathy Nair

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The beach is on the western side of Trivandrum city and very near to Trivandrum International Airport.

Best time to visit Shangumukham is during the evening time, mostly after 5.00pm...

Good place for Foodies...The Spicy Vegetable cutlet with some tomato sauce decorated above the cutlet along with some finely cut onion pieces and a small piece of sliced lemon...Yummy..!! What else you need for a perfect evening snack..!!

You can find small shops with boiled chana flavoured with sliced onion,tomato, green chillies, spicy masalas, lime juice and garnished with coriander leaves...

There are some places which we will never get bored no matter how many times you visit and we want to go there often..Shangumukham is such a place..Its really curious to watch the sunset and sunrise there...

The sculpture of 'Jalakanyaka'-Mermaid by Kanayi Kunhiraman is an added attraction. This giant statue is more than 35m long.

4) Veli Tourist Center

Photo of Veli Tourist Village Parking, Veli Sanghumugham Road, Veli, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India by Aswathy Nair

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Boardered by Veli lagoon and the Arabian Sea, the village includes water sports , waterfront park, floating bridge, children's park, restaurant,Boating, garden etc.

The cold breeze and the peaceful ambience will definitely trigger your sleep..

Photo of Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India by Aswathy Nair

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Located 87 kms from Trivandrum, Kanyakumari is the southernmost part of the Indian mainland. Here the Indian Ocean, the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea converge.Its known as 'Triveni Sangamam'. Kanyakumari has great religious importance for the Hindus.

The place is devoted to the Goddess Devi Kanya, an incarnation of Parvati, Lord Shiva’s wife. Pilgrims visit the temple and bath in the holy waters here. Another major tourist attraction here is the Vivekananda Memorial, built about 400 metres offshore.

Swami Vivekananda meditated here in 1892 before embarking on a journey to introduce religious reforms throughout the country. The mandapam built in his memory here reflects architectural styles from all over the country.

6) Ponmudi Hill Station

Photo of Ponmudi, Kerala, India by Aswathy Nair

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An enchanting hill resort 61 km from Trivandrum city, offers excellent opportunities for trekking.

Good refreshment for body and mind. A deer park, just 3 km from the resort, is also worth a visit. Golden Valley, on the way to Ponmudi, is popular as an ideal place for bathing in the cool, clear mountain stream splashing down the rocks. One can also find natural springs, flowering trees and orchids quite in abundance here.

Ponmudi is connected to Trivandrum by a narrow winding road offering scenic views on the way to Ponmudi. The climate is pleasant year-round.

There are also tea gardens in the area. There are 22 hairpin curves in the short route which makes the travel a definitely thrilling experience.

The lush forest area has tropical vegetation. A variety of wildlife inhabit the hills. The Golden Valley offers vistas of the hills and access to the Kallar River. Flowing though a wilderness area, it has rounded pebbles, cool water, fish, and lush green trees.

Some notable tourist attractions located in Ponmudi are Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, Echo Point and various trekking spots. Travelers can find a deer park and wood and stone cottages coloured in bright hues while visiting here.

Located about 1.5 km from the hill station, is the Ponmudi Falls. Around 3 km from the Ponmudi Resort, is the popular Deer Park.

The Meenmutty Falls, another popular attraction of the region, is about 3 km from the Kallar Main Road.

If you want a break from your daily routine, you can visit Ponmudi and you can feel the nature.

7) Varkala

Photo of Varkala, Kerala, India by Aswathy Nair

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Located 51 km north of Trivandrum city, Varkala is a calm and quiet hamlet with several places of tourist interests.

Perched almost perilously along the edge of 15m-high red laterite cliffs, the resort of Varkala has a naturally beautiful setting and the cliff-top stretch has steadily grown into Kerala's most popular backpacker hangout. A small strand of beach nuzzles Varkala’s cliff edge, where restaurants play innocuous trance music and stalls sell T-shirts, baggy trousers and silver jewellery.

A dip in the waters here purges the body of impurities and the soul of all sins.

It's touristy and the sales pitch can be tiring, but Varkala is still a great place to watch the days slowly turn into weeks, and it's not hard to escape the crowds further north or south where the beaches are cleaner and quieter.

8) Priyadarshini Planaterium (Pattoor PMG Road, Thiruvananthapuram):

Photo of Pattoor, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India by Aswathy Nair

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Want to experience how the universe is like? Heres the solution...Priyadarshini Planaterium is the best spot for all astronomy lovers..

Have you ever think about the fact that we occupy such a small place in this whole universe?...Strange na..

Opened in 1994 to the public, this is one of the most versatile planetariums in the country and also a study cum recreation centre and an important tourist attraction..

The main GM-11 star field projector here can project almost all the constituents of the visible universe.

The Planetarium also arranges special shows for a group of more than 80 people. Planetarium will be closed on Mondays.


Photo of Exploring Trivandrum – The capital city of Kerala by Aswathy Nair

Though Im basically from Kerala, I love experimenting with wide food varieties..If you want to taste the mouth-watering North Indian food with affordable price, these are my suggestions.

1) Aryaas Vegetarian Restaurant-Kazhakoottam,Trivandrum:

Here you will get all the yummy south indian dosa varieties and north indian breakfast like chana battura. There is a separate stall for Chaat Varieties..Here you will find wide varieties of chaats like pav bhaji, paani Puri, dahi puri, sev puri, bhel puri, vada pav, samosa chaat etc..

2) Sharma Dhaba (Near Peepul Park):

Tired of having juices and shakes after your lunch? Then lets have the 'Spicy Butter Milk" from Sharma Dhaba..Your whole body will be recharged with energy..

3) G G Darbar (Opposite Peepul Park Road):

Best place for Punjabi Food Lovers.. You will never forget the taste of yummy Masala Pappad from here..

4) Tasty Land (Opposite Peepul Park):

Name itself is enough for the description. You will get the best Paneer Paratha and Paneer Bhurji Masala from here.

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