The state of Kerala’s capital, Thiruvananthapuram, for obvious reasons still widely and more commonly known as Trivandrum is built on seven hills 87-km from the southern tip of India. A number of places in Kerala have been stripped of their anglicized names and given Malayalam names, Thiruvananthapuram being one of them.
Today, it's splendid past is to be seen in it's old buildings, most of them built in wood in the Kerala style, with tiled roofs and carved gables, in it's botanical garden and zoo with it's quaint museum; in it's wide roads and public buildings; and in it's lively intellectual life. Some of Kerala's leading filmmakers, poets and writers live here.
The historical heart of the city is in the Fort area at the southern end of MG Road, which encloses the Shri Padmanabhaswamy Vishnu temple (closed to non-Hindus). Behind the temple is the Margi school of Kathakali dance drama. This is the place to ask about authentic Kathakali performances.
The Puttan Malika Palace southeast of the temple is constructed in a typical Keralan style and houses a museum that contains Travancore heirlooms. Housed in a Keralan-style building dating from 1880, the Napier Museum offers an eclectic display of Keralan arts and crafts including 12th century Chola bronzes, 15th century Keralan woodcarvings and minutely detailed ivory work.
To get you started with planning your holiday to Trivandrum, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to India
Tailormade Holidays to Trivandrum
On the Go are expert at planning holidays in India — tailored to suit your individual requirements. Please have a look at some of the tailormade itineraries below that we have created for our clients which include Trivandrum.
Estuary Island is a beautiful beachside resort with clasically designed rooms.
The 15 acre heritage property is a haven of recreated palaces and ‘nalukettus’ (traditional Keralan timber housing). Fringed by a canopy of green coconut palms is the pristine powder white beachfront of Chowara.
The Varikatt Heritage has been tastefully restored to capture the high living of the Raj, set in lush green gardens. The suites are spacious with antique rosewood furniture.
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
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