Welcome to Trivandrum
Welcome to Trivandrum – the city of evergreen hills and tourism
Thiruvananthapuran also known as Trivandrum is the capital city of Kerala in Southern India; the city shares the same name with its district Thiruvananthapuram which is one of 14 districts of Kerala. Referred to by Mahatma Gandhi as the “Evergreen city of India” the city is built on hills by the sea shore and is characterized by its busy commercial alleys; the city is famous for attracting lots of foreign tourists and holidaymakers every year. Trivandrum is one of the oldest cities in India; with an area of 214km and a population of 957,730 is the largest city in Kerala and remains a political nerve centre and also a major academic hub and is home to many science and technology institutions. The official spoken languages are Malayalam and English.
About most of the experienced travellers who have spent holidays in Kerala, usually life comes to an end by 9:00 p.m. in the Trivandrum and so the only activity that can be done is going out to have a great dinner in one of the slightly costly restaurant such as Mascot and Luciy a restaurant close to the downtown. Also you can enjoy a show going to one of the amazing theatre; the cultural ethos of the people of Kerala finds its finest expression in their performing arts. Of all the classical art forms of Kerala - Kathakali is the most popular and internationally familiar; it is a very sophisticated indigenous dance drama claiming a tradition of more than 1.500 years.
1) Sree Anantha Padmanabha Temple is the key icon of the city. One of the most oldest temples of India, its a major Vishnu temple in the country. The temple itself has 1000's of stories to tell with immaculate sculptures;
2) East Fort, an old fort around Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple. The illumination of East Fort Gate in evenings, is a major attraction;
3) Ramanayar Palace museum East entrance of the the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple. Has a good collection of many antique items from the Travancore era Kings;
4) Kuthiramallikka Palace - Also known as Puthen Palace, this was constructed by famous musician King- Swati Thirunal. The Annual Swati Thirunal Music festival is held in the Palace Lawns.
The current local time in Trivandrum is GMT +5:30.
Trivandrum has a very tropical climate within a minimum temperature of 21 degrees and a maximum temperature of 34 degrees with an high percentage of humidity up to 90% during the monsoon season. For travelers who wish to avoid the rain, the best period to visit is from December to March but it could be also nice to come in Kerala during the rainiest months because the evergreen nature surrounding the city will be amazing.
A local bus service is available as the cheapest way to get around Trivandrum; there are both the public bus service system and some city buses run by private companies.
An alternatively cheap way of travelling between attractions is by using the autorickshaws service. Last but not least, taxis are also cheap, especially if you travel in groups. Taxi service is available not only for short distances but also for a few days at a stretch.