Thiruvananthapuram Travel Guide

  • A view of the padmanabhapuram palace
    A view of the padmanabhapuram palace
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  • Local Customs
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  • Fishermen at the Harbour
    Fishermen at the Harbour
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Thiruvananthapuram Things to Do

  • padmanabhaswamy temple

    Padmanabhaswamy temple during laksha dweepam.A lakh lamps were lit on January 14 marking end of murajapam.Murajapam is 56 days of continuous veda chanting started by the Travancore kings for the prosperity of the people.

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  • Padmanabhapuram Palace

    Built around the 16th century , the Padmanabhapuram Palace is indeed a spectacular place to visit in Kerala.Actually the six-and-a-half acres of land on which the palace complex is built is situated in the State of Tamil Nadu. But by a pact this land is controlled by the Government of Kerala.You will need half a day to see this marvellous palace...

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  • Royal Loo

    This amazing loo was made for European guests who visited the Padmanabhapuram palace a couple of centuries ago.The back rest was specially made for the visitors for their comfort !

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  • Royal Kitchen

    The massive royal kitchen in Padmanabhapuram palace about 70 KM from Trivandrum.Here you find the massive ceramic Chinese pots used to store pickles.

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  • Shree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

    This is the single most important site in the city.The temple dates back to the 11th century and additions took place as late as the 18th century when the Travancore ruler Marthanda Varma added the thirty metre tall Gopuram. Last year some of the secret vaults were opened for the first time to reveal an astounding treasure trove of gold worth over...

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  • Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple

    This large temple was built by the Maharaja of Travancore in 1733. It has a splendid seven storeyed, 35m (100ft) high gopuram (tower), that dates from 1604, with numerous pillars, intricate carvings and mural paintings. This is the only place where Lord Vishnu (Padmanabha) is enshrined in the yoganidra (eternal sleep) posture. The Temple has been...

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Thiruvananthapuram Restaurants

  • strictly for nonvegetarians

    Extremely congested,smoky ,crowded eatery in the heart of the city,Palayam.Always crowded. heavenly aroma for non veg lovers . veggies can be put off by the smell of burned and fried mutton and assorted nonveg.Their pathiri and non veg curries are a hit. Very popular hangout for youngesters with their parked bikes.Must be authentic malabar food...

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  • Indian dinner

    situated on a busy road next to The Taj vazhuthacaud , this place can be missed easily. It doesn't look like a busy place, inside is crampy and crowded but it serves delicious fried rice and non veg dishes.If you have time to spend go there because there is an inordinate delay in getting served.Three storied but I don't remember using a lift...

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  • a fusion of western and eastern food

    This is an extremely busy place which closes late. You may have to wait a bit to get a seat.The food is worth it. It is quite a hit among children.My nephews have been going there and ordering the same thing over and over! one nephews favourite lasagna, anothers fried ice cream . My mother ordered a special sizzler had to be shared ..lots of food....

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Thiruvananthapuram Nightlife

  • Kathakali drama show

    Preparations behind the scenesThe 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.

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  • The Show

    The performers must be physicaly strong. They usually carry an heavy weight, on their head and all parts of the body.That's why most of them are men, acting male and female roles.

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  • Kathakali

    Preparations behind the scenesPreparations take HOURS ! This part is interesting not less than the performance itself.All the colors and materials of make-up are 100% NATURAL !

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Thiruvananthapuram Transportation

  • Travel by Bus

    I traveled by bus from Trivandrum to Alleppey during October 2008. For as little as Rs300 you can travel with an AC bus, which is very comfortable.It is best to book a day or two in advance. The trip to Alleppey took about 3 and a half hours.I booked through SRM/Yahtra/Golden in Trivandrum.

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  • Train Station

    The Trivandrum Central station was built by the Maharajah of Travancore and inaugurated on 4 November 1931. No bricks were used for the construction of this station building; it was built completely with rock masonry. It's well located in the city centre and I came here the short distance from Varkala before heading on to Kanyakumari. It was handy...

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  • Auto-rickshaws

    Auto-rickshaws are a popular, easy and inexpensive way of getting around. I did find the drivers in Trivandrum to be pleasant and more honest than in many other places I've been to in India. A short trip in Trivandrum should hardly ever be more than Rs50. A trip to Kovalam and back, should cost about Rs300, depending on how long the driver has to...

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Thiruvananthapuram Shopping

  • traditional clothes

    Again a shopping tip for traditional saris .Woven by Hand loom weavers society.Here you get inexpensive beautiful traditional cotton saris and dhotis.traditinal keralite clothes are sandal wood coloured cotton clothes with gold boarder.The weavers for making such clothes were brought to balaramapuram from Tamil Nadu by the Travancore kings and they...

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  • Local Shopping

    This market sells mostly fresh produce, spices etc. Although not as big as markets in Mumbai or Delhi, it is worth the visit.I bought the sweetest bananas here, and believe me, there are thousands to choose from.It seems to be the place where locals buy there fresh produce.

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  • Gifts from Kerala

    SMSM Institute is situated behind the Secretariat Building. This is easy to find on MG Road. A great variety of cultural artefacts, handicrafts etc are to be found here. There is not much pressure to buy, which makes it quite a pleasant shopping experience.The prices are fixed and credit cards are accepted. Local handicrafts etc

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Thiruvananthapuram Local Customs

  • Station Porters

    I was absolutely amazed at the ease with which the porters at Trivandrum station carried our heavy suitcases. Throwing them on to their heads as if they were made of feathers and rushing ahead at a pace which we had difficulty in following, these men made light work of getting our luggage to the compartment.

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  • Cooking

    While staying at the Ambada guesthouse, we were invited into the kitchen to wathc Modun, the cook, prepare our dinner. As a keen cook and a lover of spices, I found it absolutely fascinating to see how he turned a few simple ingredients into a gourmet meal.

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  • Flower garlands

    On arrival at the airport in Trivandrum, we were greeted by a Tour East representative, and given a flower garland each. I love these garlands, which seem to be a traditional greeting in many parts of the world. They emitted a beautiful aroma - it is such a shame that you can't retain smells for the future like you can with sight and sound!

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Thiruvananthapuram Warnings and Dangers

  • Busy Roads!

    It can be quite a shock, after spending time in a resort like Kovalam, to be faced with the volume of traffic hurtling around Trivandrum. Crossing MG road and similar can be quite an experience. I did witness a few accidents, (cars colliding ) during my day there, and passing through at the beginning of our Spice Route Tour.

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  • Handicrafts..... "forced " selling

    After an enjoyable visit to the Handicraft Centre (see Must See tip) we visited the temple then went for lunch. Afterwards we were driven to a shop, which sold antiques, good quality crafts, jewellery etc. The owner was the man that we'd seen earlier at the handicraft centre. Now although we weren't unduly pressurised to buy goods, we did feel a...

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  • Clothing!

    I visited Trivandrum as part of a small guided tour from Kovalam. Most of our party were wearing shorts ( mainly of long, Bermuda style) and t shirts. So fairly decent.We received quite a few disparaging looks and a few hisses and comments.So, no sleeveless tops, shorts or jeans, especially in the vicinity of Temples etc.Trivandrum can become very...

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Thiruvananthapuram Tourist Traps

  • Be ware of the taxis and autorickshaws

    One should avoid the Taxis and Autorickshaws out side the railway station and the airport. It is a better idea to go for a pre-paid taxi / auto as these are charged on a fixed basis by the state govt. If you miss taking the pre-paid taxi / auto, then be prepared for a tough bargaining with the drivers outside the staion and airport.

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  • It is not as safe as u think ....(late...

    For ladies travelling alone..Always avoid taking a three wheeler \ taxis in late evening \ ngts in and around city especially outskirts of city limit (like.. poovar.. vellayani etc..). to reach ur Hotel distination.Use the bus services or ask the Hotel send a vecile to pick u up ...

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  • Athachamayam

    This is held at: Thrippunithura, Ernakulamin August This is an occasion to witness almost all the folk art forms of Kerala. Athachamayam marks the beginning of the ten-day Onam festival in Kerala. Conducted on the Atham , the event commemorates a royal custom of the Maharajas of Kochi State. In olden days, the king used to travel with his palace...

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Thiruvananthapuram What to Pack

  • Travel Light!

    Light sturdy luggage to withstand the rigours of airport handlers, and also light enough for your transfer to hotel/ accom. Long sleeved shirts, cotton trousers, long dresses/skirts, especially if visiting museums, palaces etc.It can be hot and humid. Shorts (even long Bermuda style) can cause offence in Trivandrum - see my Warnings and Dangers...

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  • Get wet or carry an Umbrella

    One thing to be kept in mind while travelling to any place in kerala is the Umbrella, plastic shoes and a rain coat. Be prepared for unpredictable rains. It may just happen when you are admiring the sun out in the open. The rainy season starts in the month of june and goes uptill Aug. After which it again starts off in the month of Oct till Dec.But...

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Thiruvananthapuram Off The Beaten Path

  • chilli fest

    green chillies enticing tourists to a chilli baji, which is chilli dipped in batter and fried.One of the crowded stalls during onam fare

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  • Padmanabhapuram Palace

    Padmanabhapuram Palace is located close to the town of Thuckalay, about 50km (30 miles) southeast of Trivandrum. The palace was constructed around 1601 by Iravipillai Iravivarma Kulasekhara Perumal who ruled the state of Travancore between 1592 and 1609. From 1590 to 1790, the state was run from here before it was moved to Trivandrum and so the...

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  • Sreepadam Palace/Post Office

    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.

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Thiruvananthapuram Favorites

  • Festival: Attukal Pongala

    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...

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  • Events & Festivals : Nishagandhi...

    Nishagandhi festival is an event organised by the Kerala Tourism department in the first quarter of every year. This event showcases the cultural and art forms of Kerala and some of the other states. The event is for 7 days and this is held in Kanakakunnu Palace (Open Air Auditorium ) in Trivandrum. The museum road is illuminated during the entire...

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  • Table etiquette

    The all-vegetarian food was served from huge containers on to banana leaves placed on the table. No cutlery or crockery was available. You eat with your right hand is considered "dirty". To ensure I made no faux pas, I spent most of the time sitting on my left hand.After the meal, a long trough in an other room with maybe one hundred taps in a row,...

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