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Kumarapuram Road, Medical College PO, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kerala, 695 011, India
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Thiruvananthapuram to Ooty

by hshifan

I want to go to Ooty from Thiruvananthapuram, I want to fly to Thiruvananthapuram by 10th Feb 2008 (Sunday) and my flight will land by 17:40 pm. I want to catch an Express Bus to Ooty the same day. Can someone guide me through.......?

Re: Thiruvananthapuram to Ooty

by jethanand

I have not travelled to Ooty, but I can share the following:

Since you will be arriving in the evening on Sunday, you need to be prepared for an overnight stay in the city. Your best bet would be to enlist the help of the hotel staff. I found them uniformly courteous and helpful.

If you are able to get a reservation for an overnight bus to Ooty, then , just FYI, the ride from the airport to the city will take you approximately 30 minutes by rickshaw / taxi and cost you INR 100/ (approx USD 2.50)

Re: Thiruvananthapuram to Ooty

by suru

Take a train from T'vandrum to Coimbatore. From Coimbatore take a bus to ooty..Quick and shortest economical and comfortable way, i think.

Re: Thiruvananthapuram to Ooty

by steven_ber

Too late now I think......but for others wanting to do the same.

Nagarcoil is about 90kms from Trivandrum.

Train 6609 departs Nagarcoil daily at 20.30 and gets to Coimbatore at 07.30, the train has 3-tier air con and Sleeper Class (not air con)

Re: Thiruvananthapuram to Ooty

by hshifan

Thanks all of you who contributed for my question, now I have made the trip and want to share the experience.

I have made the trip to Ooty on 11th Feb 2008. I bought ticket on Indian airline, so the flight arrived in Trivandrum at noon. After I reach Trivandrum,

I went to "No: 1 Air, Bus" and bought ticket for two seats (push back seat), each ticket cost IND 300 Rs for One-Way they had Bus at 21 & 22 hrs to Coimbatore. I took the bus on the someday and reach Coimbatore at 07 or 08 hrs.

When they stopped the bus at the last stop, from there I took bus going to Ooty which cost IND 60 Rs per person, the seats were push back seats. I reach Ooty within 02-03 hrs.

Re: Thiruvananthapuram to Ooty

by jethanand

I commend you and thank you for the information. I hope you had a wonderful time in Ooty.

Re: Thiruvananthapuram to Ooty

by sam_999

Sorry trying to understand the air / bus. did you get the bus from the airport?. did you wait until 21.00 for the bus?. please explain as i need to do this trip.


Travel Tips for Thiruvananthapuram

Festival: Attukal Pongala

by ajayzener

Every year the annual Pongala is held in the month of Feb-March. Lakhs of women throng the city of trivandrum and they make the sweet payasam on the streets across a 3 km radius on the 9th day of the Attukal Bhagawati Temple festival. The year 2006 saw over 15 Lakh devotees from all across kerala who came to perform the ritual, this was a guiness book record for the maximum number of devotees in a day.

As the days approach and people get ready for the festival, one can find the pot vendors shops coming up about a week before the Pongala day. The streets are dotted by a large number of pots arranged one over the other, the business during this time is good.

Two to three days before the festival starts, people would start coming to the city from far flung areas of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. They would occupy the nearest place available to the temple and guard it so that on the day of the pongala they would be able to receive the blessings of the preist. The later you come the farther you will be from the temple as the nearby places would all be occupied.

It is a festival for women and it is widely beleived that the Godess Bhagwati can make your wishes come true if you participate in this festival.

Sreepadam Palace/Post Office

by Willettsworld

This wonderful looking building, built in 1815 by the British in a colonial style, is located just to the west of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Today it's the rather impressive home of a post office complete with different coloured post-boxes out front.

Fast Food

by ajayzener about Ambrosia, Bakery Junction

Ambrosia, being the only fast food outlet in the town is always crowded. This is what prompted me to also visit the restaurant. The restaurant is centrally located at the Bakery Junction. The ambience as i entered was pleasant. The service staff were kind enough to show me a table.

I ordered Burgers, Pizza and French Fries. The french fries were soggy, the pizza base was a soft bread, and the burger tasted awful. Overall it was a disappointment. We could'nt finish our order and had to leave and move out.

Considering that ambrosia is the only fast food outlet, i guess it is a nice place to spent some time.

fishing harbour

by 6aruna

if you have time to explore the area around kovalam you will find beautiful secluded beaches, scenery and you can meet local people .
vizhinjam harbour is an active fishing harbour. Sleepy during afternoons it wakes up in the evening with fishermen going to the sea and coming back early morning with their catch.
on days when sky is clear you can see parts of western ghats in the background.

Neyyar Trek

by ajayzener

A one day trek is organised which has to be booked in advance. The booking cost is 200 Rs per person with a minimum of 10 people. The trek includes a 9 Km boat ride and a trek of 12 kms. lunch is included and you can reach the foothills of Agastyakoodam, the second tallest peak in Kerala (1565 m). The 12Km trek is through the dense forests and you may encounter wild animals. The sanctuary is famous for elephants, tiger, porcupines, deer etc.

Bookings to be done at Neyyar Wild Life Information Center.


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