The city of Thiruvananthapuram is located in the South of the Kerala and is the capital of Kerala- the God's Own Country.Thiruvananthapuram in malayalam literally translates into the "abode of Lord Anantha". The Sri PadmanabhaswamyTemple, in the heart of the city is devoted to the deity Lord Anantha. The city is a must on the itinerary of any visitor to the South India. Trivandrum or thiruvananthapuram offers Padmanabhaswamy temple, Napier Museum, and Akkulam, anchuthengu, meenmutti waterfall, neyyar dam, peppara, ponmudi, poovar, varkala & Kovalam Beach are places of interest to the tourists. Thiruvananthapuram is an ideal location for medical tourism, as there are more than 100's of recognised Ayurvedic centers in and ound the city.
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Thiruvananthapuram is the best of all worlds, with beach glamour, cultural and historical landmarks, and bountiful nature in and around the city. As such, it is undoubtedly an all-weather destination, whether you want to sightsee, lounge at the beach or engage in outdoor adventures. Choose your timing based on the type of holiday you’re after, and enjoy this Queen among cities!
The monsoon season spans from June through to October. Torrential rain and widespread flooding make this an imprudent time to undertake outdoor adventure activities, but it’s the perfect period to take advantage of off-season prices and explore the cultural delights of Thiruvananthapuram. The humidity brought by the rains breaks up the dry heat of summer.
September, at the tail end of the monsoon season, is the ideal time to visit. Prices are still off-season, but the mountains, forests and waterfalls are at the peak of their luscious green beauty. Furthermore, around the August/September period Keralites celebrate the Onam Harvest Festival with Snake Boat Races, in a tradition dating back to paddy-field workers showing off their skills in the water as they harvested the rice. Today, villagers emulate them by competing against each other in beautifully handcrafted boats.
The weather is cooler and drier between October and February. While this is the perfect time to visit beaches, beware of the peak season prices from December to January, as well as larger crowds. If Thiruvananthapuram is not your principal beach destination, I would avoid it during these months.
Between March and May, Kerala’s summer hits its peak, with sweltering, but dry, heat. Conditions might be less than ideal for anything but doing nothing, and touring around Thiruvananthapuram visiting the many sites will probably be a little uncomfortable. However, a few pre-monsoon showers in April and May usually break up the heat a little bit, and prices will be lower.
Sitting proudly at the southern tip of the Indian mainland, Thiruvananthapuram, sometimes known under its colonial name of Trivandrum, is the energetic capital of the state of Kerala. Nestled between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, the city is spread across undulating coastal hills and crisscrossed with busy commercial alleys. Affectionately known as the ‘Evergreen City of India’ because of its intense green landscapes and many public parks, Thiruvananthapuram is also known for its captivating British Colonial architecture. A combination of Keralite architectural traditions with British and Dravidian influences creates an eclectic and enticing ambience. This historical city has in fact been a trading post for spices, sandalwood and ivory since the early centuries AD, and displays cultural influences from the Middle East, France, Portugal and the Netherlands amongst others! Good food and Ayurveda complement this environment to perfection.
Thiruvananthapuram is well connected through flights, trains, taxis and other modes of transportation
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Thiruvananthapuram has its own airport, Trivandrum International Airport, connected via direct flights to the Middle East, Singapore, Maldives, Sri Lanka as well as seasonal charter flights to Europe. It’s also well-connected to major cities within India by regular domestic flights. The nearest bus stop is quite a long walk away, so pre-booked taxis or cabs are your best options for reaching your accommodation.
Thiruvananthapuram also has its own train station, which is actually the third largest railway station in South India. It’s a major transport hub, so most trains along the west coast bound for Kerala will stop here. It’s very well connected to all major cities in the country as well. Trains are one of the most convenient and comfortable ways to travel around Kerala, and India in general. Buy your tickets online or at the train station, sit back, and enjoy the scenic trip through breathtaking landscapes.
There is also a long-distance bus station next to the train station. Buses connect Thiruvananthapuram to local towns and villages as well as the larger cities like Kochi, Bangalore, Kozhikode, Madurai, Coimbatore, Tirunelveli and Chennai. You can opt for the state-owned KSRTC buses or private coaches, but buses are likely to become over-crowded and uncomfortable if you are travelling with a lot of luggage.
WIll the houseboat experience include all meals and cruise from which destination?
We offer Premium or Deluxe Houseboat in this Package
How is the jungle camp in Thekkady? What all does it include?
Adventure seekers can enjoy a thrilling jungle camp at Thekkady. You can opt for the night camp programme of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and experience the dense forest around. The programme offers comfortable tents for visitors in the middle of evergreen dense forests. The camping takes place in the midst of Cardamom Hills and Pandalam Hills; where one can experience trekking and even taste the tribal cuisine prepared by the local tribe (Urali). You can even get to interact with the local tribal people and get to spot some rare species of wildlife.
The rates quoted by Premium and Deluxe Houseboats is very different in Kerala. What is the difference between Premium and Deluxe Houseboats
There are multiple differences with respect to interiors and service. Premium house boats is similar to 4 star resorts and will be having better interiors and furnishing, food menu with more options and cruise time will be slightly more. However deluxe houseboat will be similar to 3 star resorts and will have standard interiors and furnishing. In deluxe house boats, AC will be usually operated only at night from 9 PM to 6 AM , whereas in premium houseboats AC will be operated for 24 hours . The cost difference is there , however if you are not on a show string budget, then we recommend premium houseboats
Is Varkala a good option for swimming lovers?
Yes Varkala is a great place to swim in non monsoon seasons . It is a Cliff Beach and cleaner than Kovalam
Munnar, Thekkady, Alleppey, Kochi, Alappuzha, Calicut, Wayanad, Coorg, Kovalam, Kanyakumari, Mararikulam, Athirapally Arriving 13th Jan Departing 26th Jan. Please advise good itinerary and price.
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