If visiting India has been a long-held dream, why not make that dream a reality this year? Cheap flights to Thiruvananthapuram, or Thiruvananthapuram, as the capital of the Indian state of Kerala is called officially, can easily be found with a little research. The evergreen city of India is served by Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, which offers passengers direct connections to Singapore, the Middle East, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
Transport in Thiruvananthapuram
Thiruvananthapuram's airport has an international terminal, which lies just 3.7 km to the west of the central business district of Thiruvananthapuram. This is India's southernmost airport and one of its busiest, offering charter flights and scheduled flights to tourists. If you're planning to remain in the city, you will easily get about with taxis and city buses, but for sightseeing tours, it is best to hire a car at the airport.
Kovalam Beach, located ca. 16 km distance from the city centre, is memorable because of its natural beauty and distinctive red and white striped lighthouse. It is a great place to visit on a hot and sticky summer's day. Visitors often get involved and help local fishermen bring in nets and fishing boats!
If you like seafood, head to the neighbouring sea port of Vizhinjam, about 3 km distance from the coconut tree lined Kovalam Beach. The town is home to large churches and lovely Hindu temples, a mosque and numerous restaurants.
Sanghumukham Beach is also a popular tourist destination, offering plenty of bars and restaurants along the seafront where visitors can sample some of Kerala's delicious and fragrant cuisine.
Thiruvananthapuram Family Attractions
Napier Museum and Zoo, which inspired author Yann Martel to write his famous book "Life of Pi, Tirpparappu waterfalls and Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary are fabulous places to visit if you are travelling with your family. For those with a head for heights there are Neyyar Dam and Varkala Cliffs.
Historic and cultural Thiruvananthapuram Attractions
Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple is a major tourist attraction. The legendary treasures stored in its vaults are said to be worth more than $20 billion. Constructed in Dravidian style of architecture that is typical of the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu, the temple is widely regarded as being the richest Hindu temple complex in the world, boasting a splendid 16th century Gopuram; an enormous and highly ornate tower at the temple's entrance typical of southern India.
The splendour of Padmanabhapuram Palace dates back to 1601 AD. Constructed for the ruler of Venad, Iravi Varma Kulasekhara Perumal, the palace is located ca. 50 km distance from Thiruvananthapuram and sits inside an ancient granite fortress spanning an amazing 4 km in length.
The sprawling complex was once at the heart of the ancient capital of Travancore, but by the close of the 18th century the capital was moved to Thiruvananthapuram. The palace is one of the finest examples of traditional Kerala style architecture. Sitting at the foot of the Veli Hills, the palace and fortress make for a great day trip destination with a rental car.
Thiruvananthapuram is regarded as one the top ten greenest cities in India and is home to the Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute and the University of Kerala. Take a stroll in the campus grounds or enjoy a walk in one of the city's many parks.
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East Fort, an old fort around Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple. Today most of fortifications have been dismantled, except the Eastern side, thus the fort has got its current name- East Fort. The Fort Gate directly opens before Sree Padmanabha Temple and designed in European style. The illumination of East Fort Gate in evenings, is a major attraction.
Ramanayar Palace museum East entrance of the the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple. - Has a good collection of many antique items from the Travancore era Kings. Thrones, paintings and many belongings kept in a very good condition housed in an erstwhile royal building. During the Navaratri time, the palace attracts lot of people with idols of Saraswati and Durga brought from Sree Padmanabhapuram Palace.
Kuthiramallikka Palace - Also known as Puthen Palace, this was constructed by famous musician King- Swati Thirunal. The palace features several relics and antiques belonging to Maharaja Swati Thirunal. The key feature is its grand facade designed in form of horses, hence the name struck. The Annual Swati Thirunal Music festival is held in the Palace Lawns.