A Sneak Peek Of Trivandrum

April 12, 2017

Located in the South Western coast of India, Trivandrum is the capital of the Indian state of Kerala. Trivandrum, Also known as Thiruvananthapuram, means "The city of Lord Anantha". The lush green stretch of land, the pristine Arabian sea and it's breathtaking backwaters, the beautiful churches and the holy temples, surely make Trivandrum a gem of a place to visit.
My exams were over and I badly needed a vacation after the unnecessary stressing out over the result which was good after all. So we took out a few days, not caring much about the attendance issue in college, the biggest issue of an Indian college going student and booked for a short trip across the beaches of South India.
After a total of 4 hours sitting in an uncomfortable domestic flight, I was happy and relieved to finally reach Trivandrum. My dad told me we were directly going to Kanyakumari but to my surprise, the driver showed around some of the beautiful places in Trivandrum and here I am sharing my experience with you all.

Kerala Backwaters

The first thing I noticed about Trivandrum, other than the scorching heat of the sun and the dry weather, is coconut plantation. Literally they were everywhere. It's a different kind of greenery all together and I was totally soaking in the beauty and the tropical vibe it gave. I was already a lot more relaxed.

Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Padmanabhaswamy temple, kerala

The first place we stopped was at the Padmanabhaswamy Temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. I was amused at the architecture of the temple. The blend of Kerala style and Dravidian style is beautiful. The temple had a dress code for entry. Ladies had to wear traditional sarees and men had to wear the traditional white lungi. Although you can hire from the shops outside the temple, it's a complicated process altogether. So we decided to offer our prayers from outside only.

Padmanabhaswamy temple, kerala

Backwaters in Poovar

Kerala Backwaters

After a little lunch break, we moved onto the next stop. The backwaters. It was my dream to cruise along the beautiful backwaters of Kerala and I never expected this would come as a surprise. My dad obviously denied when I asked him if it was all pre-planned but I seriously doubt him. But whatever it may be, the point is I lived my dream. It was a beautiful boat ride along the backwaters in Poovar. The mangroves, the small bridges here and there, the cottages, everything about the whole ride was amazing. But let me mention something, the water is stagnant so you'll find flies and all and also it smells bad but not so bad that you cannot tolerate. Our boat stopped at the Golden Sand Beach.

Kerala Backwaters

Kerala Backwaters

Golden Sand Beach

Golden Sand beach

I might say it a lot of times, but this was one of the most beautiful beaches I have seen in my life. The end of the beach has a small canal where the river meets the Arabian Sea and this beautiful meeting is called, Sangam. I was so excited to be there I jumped out of the boat and ran towards the sea and in five minutes got back to the boat. Running barefoot was such a bad idea. My feet were literally burning. I put on my shoes and again ran towards the sea. It was such a hot day but the cool breeze of the Sea compensated for it. I was so happy to be back at the beach after so many months.

Golden Sand beach

After spending some time at the beach, we got on the boat again and went past some landmarks like the Elephant Rock, A beautiful underwater church etc.

Kerala Backwaters

Kerala Backwaters
We got back in the car for the last stop, The Padmanabhapuram Palace.
This palace is located in Kanyakumari but it is owned and maintained by Kerala Government. The one thing I noticed and loved about Trivandrum is all the houses were so posh and beautiful with private yards and everything. I would definitely love to own a house like those someday.
There was a change of scenery as we got nearer to the palace. The surrounding was hilly now.

Padmanabhapuram Palace

Padmanabhapuram temple

The Padmanabhapuram Palace is a magnificent structure from the 16th century constructed by the Travancore King, Marthanda Varma. Even though the Palace looks small from outside, it is huge. In fact so huge we felt like we were lost. Also we had to keep our shoes outside. Inside the buildings it was fine but walking outside barefoot is seriously a pain. But this is done to protect the floors and keep the 16th century design raw and intact so fair enough. Some important structures inside the palace are the Mantrasala, Thai Kottayam, Nataksala etc. There is also a museum with all the artefacts from the 16th century.

Padmanabhapuram temple

We paused for a little chai break before we drove to our destination for the day, Kanyakumari.

Kerala tourism


So that's all from my little adventure in Trivandrum. I was in Kovalam for the last 2 days of my trip but it was more of me relaxing by the beach and enjoying doing nothing. You can check my instagram for some pictures. Will be coming up with posts from my rest of the trip very soon. So stay tuned.

Love,
Sumelika ♥

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