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Saty
Male, Bangalore, India
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Posted: Aug 31, 2014
I recently came back from a trip to Trivandrum and Kanyakumari. The city has a tropical climate..... I recently came back from a trip to Trivandrum and Kanyakumari. The city has a tropical climate and so is hot and humid throughout. The rains can be a dampener if you visit during the monsoon. The roads are relatively clean and there is lot of greenery everywhere. The city is not so modern and sports a traditional look. A lot of shopping places and a vibrant atmosphere prevails. Getting around :- It is a lot easy and the auto drivers generally are helpful, friendly and rates are reasonable. (This is very much different to what I experience daily in Bangalore). But still do ask them and fix a price before you board. The local KSRTC buses though are plentifully available are hard to identify and the destinations are almost always displayed in Malayalam only. Getting In:- Trivandrum Jn and Kochuveli are the 2 main railway stations in the city and trains connect Trivandrum to most parts of India. Lot of state transport and private Volvo buses are available from nearby cities. Trivandrum airport is located close to city (about 20 minutes by car/auto from the city centre) unlike many other cities. Too see:- Kovalam beach, Padmanabhaswamy temple, Zoo, museum, Veli tourist village and shankumugham beach are some of the important places to visit while you are in the city. Most of the attractions are all located well within the city and close to each other, except the Kovalam beach. KTDC has package tours a half a day sight seeing for some 300 per head. But personally I feel it is not required as most attractions are nearby and autos can help you. Tips:- Always, book your hotel in advance if travelling with family and I did a mistake of not doing so. Once I reached there, I could not find accommodation in some good hotels that I had short-listed and then had to settle in a shabby lodge where there was no decent eatery near by. Avoid visiting the city when monsoon is at its peak, the roads gets clogged and is difficult to move around. At the zoo, take the service of the battery operated vehicle at 50 rupees per head, the best way to see around within a short time and the driver cum guide (Subin) was very good and helpful. Do not miss the museum as we find some old artefacts, history of kings, different tribes in Kerala, Kings chariot and so on, but what I liked the most was the model of the famous Guruvayur temple carved in wood. Simply amazing !! The temple has strict dress code and we need to leave almost all our belongings in the cloak room and it is a chaotic process. So be prepared for the same. The best approach would be to plan the temple as a stand alone itinerary and leave all your belongings in your hotel or have someone in your group retain all your belongings while the rest visit the temple. Food :- During my short stay I enjoyed the food at Hotel Annapoorna, a vegetarian eatery located close to the temple and the East Fort bus stand. I have seen some good reviews about the India coffee house located opposite the railway station, but could not go there owing to lack of time and bad weather. A lot of road side eateries are present, they smell good and tasty, but not sure how hygienic they are and personally I would not risk having any food at such places being a tourist. Overall a nice old clean city with some good attractions and relatively good local people. More » « Hide
 
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Cauvery Sannidhi Mysore Mysore
Posted: Aug 21, 2012
4.9
rating
8 People reviewed this Hotel View all reviews
I was at Cauvery Sannidhi resort on a weekend. It was a good experience all together. The resort... .. I was at Cauvery Sannidhi resort on a weekend. It was a good experience all together. The resort is located 2 km away from the main road and a bit difficult to access as the approach road is very narrow and a typical village road. There is good greenary and a lot of fields near by. The river nearby makes it a worthful visit, The rooms are spacious enough and the service is good overall. Food is vegeterian and boose not allowed. More » « Hide
 
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Srirangapatna, Karnataka
Posted: Jan 1, 2012
Srirangapatna is an island formed by the river Cauvery. It is a neat and calm town. Plenty of..... Srirangapatna is an island formed by the river Cauvery. It is a neat and calm town. Plenty of historically important sites to visit. More » « Hide
 
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Amblee Holiday Resort Srirangapatna
Posted: Jan 1, 2012
4.1
rating
80 People reviewed this Hotel View all reviews
Resort is relatively moderately priced, located in a great location, booking easy (just call them... .. Resort is relatively moderately priced, located in a great location, booking easy (just call them over the phone). The check in is smooth. The balconies for all the rooms overlook the Kaveri and lazing in your balcony looking at the river is truly a wonderful experience. The hotel is right on the highway and easy to locate. The front desk onwards the staff are just doing their basic job and so the service is just OK and not to the typical expectation level that you may have. The resort building looks old. Rooms and interiors are clean though but defenitely waiting renovation badly. It is common to find unattended dishes, plates etc in the corridor as the service staff are either lazy or the resort is understaffed. The river side restaurant too is not cleaned properly we can see left over food strewn, indicating the lethargy of the attenders. Room service was just OK. Swimming pool is clean and well maintained. More » « Hide
 
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Mysore, Karnataka
Posted: Aug 15, 2011
Mysore is rightly called the cultural capital of Karnataka. The city's roads are clean compared..... Mysore is rightly called the cultural capital of Karnataka. The city's roads are clean compared to Indian standards, and autos and taxis for local sight seeing are plentifully available. There are many touts and beware of someone duping you. However, it is easy to strike a good bargain with the auto drivers who appear friendly. Most attractions are close to each other and a one days circuit can help you cover some good amount of tourist spots. The city has a pleasant climate most of the year though slightly warmer than Bangalore. More » « Hide
 
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