Trivandrum(Thiruvananthapuram) Tourism

Trivandrum(Thiruvananthapuram) Tourism

Trivandrum(Thiruvananthapuram) Travel Guide

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Trivandrum(Thiruvananthapuram) Info

  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
  • District: Thiruvananthapuram
  • Language: Malayalam
  • Weather: Summer 26 to 32°C, Winter 24 to 32°C

History of Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum is the capital of Kerala and also the third largest city. Located in the south-western tip of peninsular India, Thiruvananthapuram is bordered by Arabian Sea in the west and Western Ghats in the east. Thiruvananthapuram city, situated at an average elevation of 6 meters above sea level, is the administrative headquarters of Thiruvananthapuram District. Located on the banks of Karamana and Kili Rivers, it is categorised under Seismic Zone III by the Geological Survey of India. History of Thiruvananthapuram Thiruvananthapuram got its name from the deity Lord Anantha or Shesha of Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple of 7th AD, in which Lord Padmanabhaswamy (Vishnu) is seen to be in a reclining pose. As per historical records, Thiruvananthapuram was a famous port city during 1050 BC and it maintained trade relations with the Middle East and Mediterranean countries.

The earliest known rulers of the region were the Tamil Kings called Yadavas or Ays, who ruled from 3 AD to 10 AD. Later, it came under the Venad Empire. The region prospered in 1745 under King Marthanda Varma, who formed the princely state of Travancore and made Thiruvananthapuram its capital. Thiruvananthapuram was submitted to Lord Padmanabhaswamy, the presiding deity of Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and the Rajas of Travancore thence ruled the region on behalf of Lord Padmanabhaswamy as Padmanabhadasas.

People and Culture of Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram rose to become the centre of arts, culture and intellect in the 19th century during the rule of Maharaja Swathi Thirunal (1813 - 1846) and Maharaja Ayilyam Thirunal (1832 - 1880) of Travancore. It played an active role in the struggle for Indian Independence. Post-Independence, it merged with the Indian Union. The city became the capital of the state of Kerala in 1956. The economy of the city is driven by IT, medical/biotechnology and medical tourism. Malayalam, Tamil, English and Hindi are the main languages spoken in this region. The major events in the city are Onam, Attukal Pongala, Aaraat of Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Vishu, Vettucaud Perunnal, etc. Attukal Pongala is an annual festival which, is held at the Attukal Temple in Thiruvananthapuram every year. The festival is held for 10 days with the ninth day being the most important. It marks the largest gathering of women in the world, for which it holds a Guinness World Record, where boiled rice is offered to the goddess in earthen pots. The presiding deity of the Attukal Temple is Attukal Bhagavathy who is an incarnation of Shakti and the temple is often considered to be the Sabarimala of women. Another major tourist attraction in Thiruvananthapuram is the Kadammanitta Padayani Festival. The performances are a must-see for all tourists visiting Thiruvananthapuram in April.

Things to Do in Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram also has historic monuments, backwaters, beaches and wildlife sanctuaries. Tourists visiting the city can also plan excursions to Thirparappu Waterfalls, Thiruvattar, Padmanabhapuram, Courtallam, Sabarimala, Thekkady, etc. Activities like river rafting, canoeing and trekking can be done. Thiruvananthapuram holiday packages too have a lot to offer to tourists. The best time to visit Thiruvananthapuram is between October and February.

Accommodation in Thiruvananthapuram

Tourists can easily reach Thiruvananthapuram by air as the city has an airport - Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. It is also well connected to major cities in the country by trains and national as well as state highways. Accommodation options in Thiruvananthapuram Budget stays, homestays, lodges, guesthouses and resorts are a few of the many hotels in Thiruvananthapuram for tourists.

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Diwakar shrotri

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  • Diwakar shrotri
  • Lives in Pune
  • 8 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  2068 readers

"Tiruanantpuram visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 19, 2017
We both are seniors and visited the city of Trivandrum on first week of March 2017
. Our visit was very good and we don't face any problem. We stay at Hotel Horizon which was booked through booking. Com. Hotel was very impressive and only 5 minutes walking distance from central railway station.
We visited Shree Padbhnam Swami temple. Then next morning we went to see zoo and art gallery, where the original painting of great Raja Ravi varma is displayed. All the art galleries are well maintained.
Overall our tour was very good
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Ashish Shukla

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  • Ashish Shukla
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 280 photos
  • 67 Reviews
  •  114 helpful votes
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"Trivandrum, nice and cool"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 29, 2016
Trivandrum or Thiruvanantpuram is the capital of Kerela. Its a nice and calm place for the travellers who want to spend some lone time away from crowded city. The sea beeches and the temples here will win your heart and make you feel close to the nature .. This place is heaven for non vegetarians who love to experiment with variety of non-veg food.
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Jish Mith

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  • Jish Mith
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  • 9 Reviews
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  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Nov 19, 2016
He people of Trivandrum are now sometimes referred to as “Trivandrumites”, by some tourism sites and blagging community, though the word is not in common use. Trivandrum has a rich cultural background, with the rulers of erstwhile Travancore taking an active interest in development of arts and culture. Trivandrum easily disguises itself as a laid back quiet city to the casual observer. However, beneath it, there is a hum of cultural activity. The city comes to life during the festival season of Onam in August/September, and during the tourist season later in the year. The state government conducts the tourism week celebrations every year during Onam with cultural events taking place at various centres in the city. The general cuisine of the people is Kelalite cuisine which is generally characterised by an abundance of coconut and spices. Other South Indian cuisine, as well as Chinese and North Indian cuisine are popular.
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Ashish Gupta

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  • Ashish Gupta
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 44 photos
  • 14 Reviews
  •  8941 readers

"Truly God's own country"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 15, 2016
The place is well connected by road and railways. Kerela is famous for back waters and this place had the best of it. The city is clean and beautiful. The Padmanabhaswami Temple, the Kovallam Beach, poovar back waters, and waterfall are major attraction here.
The hotels are little bit on higher budget side, but the place is totally worth it. Speed boating on River Neyyar and back waters are a must here. Also is the Goden Sea beach assessable only by the boats.
Be little aware of the bargain in autos as they seldom use meters and quote huge fares.
Overall a two day visit and can travel to other nearby places such as Rameshwaram, Kanyakumari, Tirupati etc.
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Sumit Nagori

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  • Sumit Nagori
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 181 photos
  • 78 Reviews
  •  40 helpful votes
  •  33997 readers

"City feel"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Oct 13, 2016
Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuram is more of a city. It is a beach destination but it is quite developed and gives you the feel of a metro while moving around the city. You find everything here - malls, branded showrooms, fine dining restaurants, International food chains, transport facilities and much more. It is a connecting station for your travel to the hill stations. Start or end your Kerala tour here!
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Vr Kandarpa

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  • Vr Kandarpa
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 11 photos
  • 27 Reviews
  •  1250 readers

"Good change with this destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 11, 2016
It was a difficult time at Bangaluru airport as a small mistake led to a great suffering including flight miss, no Refund, no flights to go ahead to Kochi, my initial destination for the whole day. Luckily could able to find a convenient flight to Tiruvanantapuram and then an AC ticket to KYJ. Lucky to reach there by midnight otherwise would have missed next day plans entirely. Thanks to Make My Trip for such a great solution in difficult time.
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Bhavana bapat

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"Great Place and nice Climate"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 7, 2016
We got a comfortable travel and stay in trivandrum. The climate also good. Nice tourist location, variety of food. People can speak hindi and english, so we didn't struggle much compared to other places. Lot of destinations near the city limits. Beaches, temples, back waters and lot many shopping options. So all the facilities are there. I felt its a great place to visit
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Kylas Nath

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  • Kylas Nath
  • Lives in Ottappalam
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"An awesome journey"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Sep 19, 2016
The mass journey in Trivandrum was unforgettable. The beaches were fascinating and wonderful. I really enjoyed it and gave a trademark of your company as a standard thing. The whole experience gave an exposure of culture and tradition of place especially the palace and the temple. The temple gave the view of ancient India and the culture followed by our ancestors.
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Aravind Ajith

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  • Aravind Ajith
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"Best ever place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 2, 2016
This is the best place to spend your vacation with friends and family too. Best attraction of the place is that it is full of greenery. Can be considered as the end of Kerala, it is surrounded by sea. People can also enjoy the beauty of lakes.
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Ramalakshmanan S

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  • Lives in Chennai
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"Cool and simple city"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 4, 2016
My visit to Thiruvananthapuram during May'16 was memorable and we (me and my wife) could visit the temples as planned. We went to Thiruvananthapuram by flight from Chennai. The Air India flight was delayed for more than 8 hours for a 1 hour flight duration, leaving bitter experience to all the passengers on board.

Thiruvananthapuram is well known for the Sree Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple and Actual Bhagavathy temple. We had darshan at both these places and Sree Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple visit is like home coming for both of us.

Other key places to visit are the Museums, Shangumugham Beach, Ponmudi and Kovalam beach.

Our travel to Nagercoil by bus was not so nice as the bus stopped almost every bus stop and swirled through the narrow roads amidst heavy local traffic. It is high time the Government and highways official take necessary steps to streamline the traffic. For a 80 KM stretch of this road connecting Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu, please plan for 2.5 to 3 hours of travel time.

Our main purpose of the visit was to have darshan at Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple and we got it to our heartful. Devotees visiting this temple are requested to wear dhoti (white preferred) and remove shirts and banyans. This rule is applicable to kids who can walk to girl child wearing pyjama or pants. Devotees are not allowed to carry anything except vault, ladies bag and small purse. No electronics item (even USB cable, memory card), no clothes and bags. There are shops that keep your personal belongings for a fee.
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