Trivandrum or also known as Thiruvananthapuram is not only a capital but the largest city in the Indian state Kerala. It is one of the most populous cities. This city is the major IT hub of India over 80% of the Kerala’s software exports are done in this city. Techno park Trivandrum is the largest of all the technology parks in the Asia in terms of the Area. Mahatma Gandhi used to refer this city as the Evergreen City. Apart from being so much rich in terms of education and other things Trivandrum is also the main spot for its tourists. There are so many things in the Trivandrum this city is most famous for temples, Zoos and museums. This place is something which you should definitely visit once in your lifetime to see the perfect match of modern technology along with rich cultural heritage. If you are interested in visiting the Evergreen Country then I recommend you to read on as I will provide you with a brief overview of this amazing city, how you can reach it what tourists points which you should visit. So without wasting much of your time let’s just straight away dive into the main stuff.
If you are not concerned about money then you can just take the flight to reach the Trivandrum via plane or flight. You can just use many of the domestic airlines to book your flight and reach the Trivandrum airport. It takes approximately three hours to reach from Mumbai airport to Trivandrum airport. Also if you are coming from abroad then you don’t need to come to Mumbai and then use the domestic airlines because Trivandrum is also an International Airport so that you can directly visit or land in the Trivandrum via so many international flights as well. Also if you are coming from the Bangalore side then the plane journey will take around one hour only. Trivandrum airport also has a large parking area which allows you to park your vehicles very easily. Once you have reached the airport of Trivandrum you can either take the public transport such as a bus or just use a cab to enter the city.
If you are pretty tight on your budget then you can simply just use the trains. You will find many trains connecting to the Trivandrum as it is one of the main spots in Kerala. with the help of trains, you can easily visit the Trivandrum as it is connected to most of the major train lines.
If you are somewhere near in the area like Kovalam or Varkala then you can just use the bus. Kerala also provides lots of bus services within the state so that you can easily travel. If you are very short on time then I would recommend you to use the flight transport to reach the Trivandrum or else you can just use the Trains or buses to reach there. From Mumbai to Trivandrum the train journey takes up to around one and a half day period to reach.
If you are planning a road trip from Mumbai to Trivandrum then beware because it will take you a couple of days to reach there, but you will be able to enjoy the roads through almost three different states including Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala. The approximate road distance is around 1800kms. So it will be a long journey. But if you are interested in a road trip then I really suggest you take the road trip from Bangalore to Trivandrum it will not take much of your time for travel and you will also see many of the roadside beauty of these places. It will take you almost up to 12 hours to reach from Bangalore to Trivandrum. The overall road distance from Trivandrum to Bangalore is around 600 km.
Now that you have decided how you are going to reach this Evergreen city it’s time to dive into the main course. Following is the list of all the things which you should definitely try or places which you should definitely visit when you are going to the Trivandrum so let’s get started.
SREE PADMANABHASWAMY TEMPLE
This temple is the main reason why so many religious people, scientists and tourists and all the other people from all over the globe visit the Trivandrum. It is one of the richest temples in the whole world. This temple is dedicated to Lord Ananta an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This temple is an excellent example fusion architecture between Keralyian architecture and Dravidian architecture. This temple is architecturally similar to the Perumal temple located in Kanyakumari District. This deity was mainly worshipped by the royal family called Travancore which used to rule over Trivandrum for many years. Before making a visit to the temple you need to understand that you are not allowed to wear jeans or leggings may it be men or woman. You need to wear Mundu (type of “dhoti”) a traditional Keralyain wear which will be provided for you once you visit there. Women can visit the temple in the Saree. There is no exact record of when this temple was built or when the shrine or statue of Lord Ananta was established and by whom. This temple is a huge mystery to both Indian people as well as to the whole world. This temple has lots of treasures hidden inside. You can just visit the temple for its architectural beauty and completely made from a gold statue of Lord Ananta.
PAZHAVANGADI GANAPATHY TEMPLE
This is another temple which is a must visit if you are ever planning to visit the Trivandrum. This temple is situated in the East Fort in the heart of the Trivandrum city. As the temple’s name suggests the main deity of this temple is Shree Maha Ganapathy meaning Lord Ganesha. The idol is placed in the seating position with the right leg folded stance. This temple is situated very close to the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple. This temple includes over 32 Sculptors in which all the different forms of Lord Ganesha are shown. The temple is maintained by the Indian Army. This temple is very near from the Trivandrum Railway station and it is almost around 10kms from the Trivandrum Airport. Along with Lord Ganesh, people come here also to worship other deities such as Lord Ayyappa, Goddess Durga, Nagaraja, and Brahmarakshas.
If you just want a quiet get away from your busy life and just want to relax with nature then also you must visit Trivandrum Poovar Island. This island provides you with a calm and relaxing environment. there are lots of resorts and other three star hotels which make your stay comfortable. This is a tropical getaway from all of your worries. Many of the hotels also provide you with other important services such as Ayurvedic Spa and Massage centre. You can also enjoy the boat riding in the amazing Backwaters. A perfect place for couples and families.
If you love wildlife then You must visit the Thiruvananthapuram Zoo. This zoo is almost home to over 80 species from all over the world. This zoo also has a snake farm which is known as The Reptile house which has both poisonous as well as non-poisonous snakes and also includes Anacondans. So you can also connect with your wild side by visiting this zoo
This is a perfect beach for your vacation you can enjoy the beauty of Kerala. This beach is almost located 15 km away from the south centre of the City. There are mainly three beaches separated by the rocky area which forms the Kovalam Coastal line. Each of these beaches is named as follows
This beach got its name from the famous Vizhinjam Lighthouse which is located on approximately 35-meter high Kurumkal hillock. This lighthouse is built by stones and it is painted red and white and it stands tall with an approximate height of 120 feet.
A very calm beach where there is not much of a crowd only some fishermen doing their jobs. A perfect beach for a calm walk
The bright blue water and breeze of air and Rocky juts provide a beautiful view during the moonlit nights. Each of these beaches has their own uniqueness as you must have guessed it by their name.
Trivandrum is not only an educational hub of Kerala but also a city which is rich in Culture as well as in History. This place provides something for everybody. No matter what your age is if you are visiting the Trivandrum this city will never fail you. If you are visiting to pray to gods or just with your family to have a good time or even with your partner to spice up your relationship Trivandrum has all to offer. So it’s the perfect place which I believe everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime.