Thiruvananthapuram

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About Thiruvananthapuram

  • AttractionsTemples, Zoo

  • Best SeasonAll Season Destination

  • Ideal Duration2 Days

  • LanguagesMalayalam, Tamil

The city of Thiruvananthapuram is located in the South of Kerala and is the capital of Kerala- God's Own Country. Thiruvananthapuram in Malayalam literally translates into the "abode of Lord Anantha"Proudly retaining its age-old charm, Thiruvananthapuram is an evergreen city spread over seven hills. 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 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.

Best time to visit Thiruvananthapuram

Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination
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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. Owing to its location in the Arabian Sea, Thiruvananthapuram weather is constant almost throughout the year. 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.  November onward, Thiruvananthapuram temperature dips down till 18° C. 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. The average Thiruvananthapuram temperature during summer is 35° C.  However, a few pre-monsoon showers in April and May usually break up the heat a little bit, and prices will be lower.

The best time to visit the capital state of Kerala is from the months of October to March as Thiruvananthapuram weather remains pleasant during this time.

Tourist Places in Thiruvananthapuram

Blessed with beautiful beaches, historical structures and palm edged coastlines, Thiruvananthapuram is blessed with a number of tourist places.

-Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple: Built by Maharaja Marthanda Varma, this is one of the top tourist places in Thiruvananthapuram renowned for beauty and grandeur. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Thiruvananthapuram Temple is an architectural marvel with some of the most stunning artwork ever seen. Embellished in gold-plated covering, Thiruvananthapuram temple is one of the 108 Divya Desams.

-Thiruvananthapuram Zoo: Established in 1857 by Maharaja of Travancore, Thiruvananthapuram Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in India home to about 82 species of animal which makes it one of the must-visit places to visit in Thiruvananthapuram.

-Agasthyakoodam: Rested on the lap of Western Ghats, Agasthyakoodam is the second highest peak in Kerala that houses more than 2000 species of flora and fauna. Home to exotic birds and rare medicinal herbs, Agasthyakoodam is one of the unmissable Thiruvananthapuram tourist places for ornithologists.

-Magic Planet: The Magic Planet claims to be the world’s first magic themed park and is one of the emerging Thiruvananthapuram tourist places. This enchanting place has a multitude of fascinating activities that char visitors.

-Vellayani Lake: Located about 7km from Kovalam, set amidst abundant flora and fauna, Vellayani Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Thiruvananthapuram. Known for its unique ecosystem, Vellayani Lake is one of the finest places to visit in Thiruvananthapuram.

-Napier Museum: Built in the 19th century, Napier Museum is one of the tourist places in Thiruvananthapuram that symbolises Kerala’s rich cultural heritage containing a host of historical artifacts. 

-Sri Chitra Art Gallery: Established in 1935, the main attraction of Sri Chitra Art Gallery is the famous work of Raja Ravi Verma depicting Indian lives in his western style of painting. This art gallery tops the list of Thiruvananthapuram tourist places for art lovers.

-Shanghumukham Beach: Owing to close proximity with the airport and beautiful mermaid structure called Sagara Kanya, Shanghumukham Beach is one of the best places to visit in Thiruvananthapuram to spend a calm day amidst charming Take-A-Break restaurant and classic Old Coffee House.

-Mall of Travancore: Developed by Malabar Developers, Mall of Travancore is the first shopping mall in Trivandrum. Covering an area of 700000 square feet, this shopping mall is one of the finest tourist places in Thiruvananthapuram to experience shopping, dining and entertainment under one roof. 

How to Reach Thiruvananthapuram

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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  • By Flight

    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. Established in 1932, Thiruvananthapuram Airport is the first airport in the beautiful southern city of Kerala. It’s also well-connected to major cities within India by regular domestic flights. Spread over an area of 750 acres, Thiruvananthapuram Airport has situated about 3.7 km from the city centre. The nearest bus stop is quite a long walk away, so pre-booked taxis or cabs are your best options for reaching your accommodation.

  • By Train

    Thiruvananthapuram also has its own train station, which is actually the third largest railway station in South India. Built during the reign of Sethu Lakshmi Bayi, the Maharani of Travancore, Trivandrum Central is the largest Thiruvananthapuram railway station. 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. This Thiruvananthapuram railway station is known for the whole range of amenities available within the premises. 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.

  • By Bus

    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.

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