This city has harbored a number of poets, such as Ayyipillai Asan, and one visit here makes you see why. Popularly known as Trivandrum as well, Thiruvananthapuram is home to a number of temples and museums, making it one of the richest cultural and artistic centers of Kerala
The typical pagoda-shaped buildings, the red-tiled roofs along with the narrow, winding lanes of this city give it a charm which cannot be matched by any other place.Named after Anantha Padmanabha or Lord Vishnu, the city is a destination that seems to have been created out of pure joy and tranquility. Emanating an atmosphere that befits the conventional notion of what a holiday should be like, Thiruvananthapuram is truly like paradise, especially for those worn out by the struggles of the cities in their daily lives.It isn’t all about naps and coconut water, however. The city has many beautiful tales waiting to be told, and the most wonderful destinations, such as the Padmanabhapuram Palace and the Shri Chitra Art Gallery waiting to be discovered by all.Thiruvananthapuram has some of the loveliest picnic spots, all thanks to the highlands of the Western Ghats on the eastern and northeastern borders. This arrangement of nature also provides the city with a terrific shoreline which can be enjoyed thoroughly from its beautiful beaches, Kovalam being one of the popular ones among tourists. The soft, white sand and the sparkling sea here are the perfect remedies to rid you of all worries and make you feel completely relaxed.Also, visit the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple, one of the many landmarks, and leave completely charmed.The cheapest way to travel through the city is the local bus service system. There are many buses which are operated by the government (KSRTC), as well as private ones. You may distinguish these by their color--the government buses are red with a yellow patch, and the private buses are blue. Route descriptions on the buses are primarily in Malayalam. Another alternative is the auto-rickshaw, which is useful for traveling in between destinations. You can find one easily at bus stands, railway stations or auto-rickshaw stands. The licensed city auto-rickshaws should contain fare meters. Make sure they’re turned on by drivers before you commence your journey. Taxis are also a good alternative for short as well as long distances. You may also rent cars and drivers to get around. Scooters and motorcycles are also available for renting.Female travelers shouldn’t venture out alone after dark, especially on festive days.Summer travel may see remarkably high temperatures. Carry enough protection against the harmful effects of the sun.Shops here usually shut by 10PM. You may find transport to be more expensive as well after this hour.Auto-rickshaws may charge foreigners higher fares, so insist on using the meter before you start your journey
Thiruvananthapuram is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Trivandrum at a distance of 3kms.
Airports: Trivandrum International Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Thiruvananthapuram from other major cities of the country..