I have been thinking about visiting Trivandrum when the entire world came to know about the enormous opulence of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. The city name Trivandrum is anglicized name of Thiruvananthapuram coming from ‘Thiru’, ‘Anantha’ and ‘Puram’ which means sacred adobe of Anantha Padmanabhaswamy.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the undulating terrain of low coastal hills in the city. It is no surprise that this city is referred to as “Evergreen city of India”.It is characterized by elegant buildings surrounded by huge trees.
Early Morning – 8 AM – Padmanabhaswamy Temple
We started out with the Temple on the first day. I chose a stay homestay in Airbnb close to the temple.
The temple provides the awe of being the richest temples in the world. Once you get down from the vehicle you have to walk through the street for about half a kilometer.
You will quickly notice that the gopuram is wider than any of the other south indian temples. This makes the temple unique and also it became a hallmark. On entering the temple the grandeur of the entrance will intimidate you. It is widely spread with entrances from all 4 directions. The sanctum sanctorum is constructed on brick and stones covering with tiles from the top. The gopuram reminds the old Tamil architecture while the temple inside is constructed based on Kerala architecture.
More about THE temple in my next post.
11 AM – Napier Museum
If you are fascinated about Indian history, especially South India, and wonder how the lifestyle of those times have been, then Napier Museum is the place. The Museum architecture is a mix of Indian and British styles. The top of the building is built with tiles just like most of the temples in Kerala with the elegance of British style. The museum was established in 1855 and was named after Lord Napier the then Governor of Madras.
1PM – Mother’s Veg Plaza
It is comparatively tough to find a very good vegetarian restaurant in Kerala. After a little research I found out this place called Mother’s Veg Plaza near Bakery Junction in the city. I read highly about this place and had high expectations. Living up to the hype we couldn’t find a single seat for our lunch and had to wait for 30 mins for our chance.
There are 2 types of Sadhya, the one with payasam and the one without. Try having the one with payasam charged at INR 180 per meal. It is definitely worth the money and experience. You will be served 4 types of chutney (called Kichady), 4 types of curries, Dal, Sambhar, Khadi, Rasam, 4 types of payasam and 2 types of rice (white and local brown rice). Sadhya is available only during Onam in kerala, but this place serves sadhya all round the year. More about the food in this place and experience in one of my posts later.
2:30 PM – Trivandrum Zoo
Trivandrum Zoo is the oldest zoological gardens in India when it was established in 1859 by the then Maharaja of Travancore as part of recreation. Slowly with the increased human development resulting in depletion of forests and wildlife the goal of the zoo has changed from recreation to conservation.
5 PM – Kovalam Beach
Kovalam is a beach town 20 kms south of Trivandrum. The beach is the best place for sunsets if you are in Trivandrum. This place shot to famous with the interest taken by the royal family of Travancore. With the help of european guests of the royal family kovalam has become a tourist destination and it reached it’s peak during the 1970s when huge number of hippies started visiting this place on their Hippie Trail. This process has made this quaint looking fishing village to the most sought after tourist destinations in the country.
And then end the day by driving back to Trivandrum and rest.