Trivandrum, also referred to by its full name Thiruvananthapuram, is the capital of Kerala and one of the largest cities in the state. With ancient architecture interspersed with modern structures and lush green areas, this city is very evidently on the path of progress but has managed to maintain much of its cultural identity as it goes, something many cities have had less success with. The topography of Trivandrum is also worth mentioning as the landscape here is incredibly diverse, with the beach fringing one edge of the city and woodlands covering other areas.Read More
While many people use Trivandrum simply as a platform for exploring other beach resort towns, there are more than enough attractions here to justify spending a day or two exploring. Two features of note are the Padmanabhaswamy Temple and the Karikkakom Chamundi Devi Temple, both of which comprise striking architecture and intricate stone carvings. If these don't quench your thirst for spiritualism then don't worry, there are plenty of other temples you can check out.
If traipsing around ancient relics isn't your cup of chai then why not head to the Trivandrum Zoo. This animal park is the oldest in all of Asia, dating back to the 19th century and originally constructed by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma so he had somewhere to keep his royal leopards and panthers. Encompassing 82 species from all over the world, this incredible wildlife sanctuary was also the inspiration for Yann Martel's famous novel 'Life of Pi'.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Trivandrum
If you are planning a Trivandrum holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Estuary Island Trivandrum
Estuary Island is a beautiful beachside resort with classically designed rooms that offer a comfortable night's stay to every guest. For a delicious and sumptuous meal in a relaxed atmosphere, guests need but wander down to the onsite restaurant where exquisite local cuisine is served up on a daily basis. Alternatively, they can feast on freshly caught fish at the gourmet seafood BBQ whilst sitting under a thatched awning, watching the sun set in the distance. The resort is 32 km from the airport.
Travancore Heritage Beach Resort Trivandrum
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, where guests can lounge in the sun, soaking up the rays or taking a dip in the cool water. Rooms, suites and mansions are all available and each is tastefully stylised and wonderfully comfortable. Travancore is located just 23 km from Trivandrum and 40 minutes drive from the airport.
Trivandrum Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Trivandrum.