Located in the southwestern tip of India, Thiruvananthapuram, also called as Trivandrum, is an upbeat coastal city that is a perfect amalgamation of past glory and modern-day sprawling metropolis vibe. Kerala’s capital city, Trivandrum, has a long shoreline with world-famous backwater stretches, beaches, lagoons, and wild life sanctuaries. The city is known to receive chartered flights for medical tourism, thanks to hundreds of wellness and Ayurvedic centers in and around the city. Beach resorts and hotels in Trivandrum are known for well-appointed spacious rooms, welcoming environment and exceptional recuperation facilities.
Trivandrum, which literally translates into the ‘Abode of Lord Anantha’, has a rich cultural heritage and a number of notable temples. Built on seven low hills, Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is a 260 years old highly venerated temple for natives. Tourist attractions include Kovalam, Varkala and Shanghumukham Beaches, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Thirparappu Waterfalls, and the Puthe Maliga Palace Museum. Apart from attending some of the famous events of Trivandrum at Jalsa Ghar, Swadesh Festival, Jayaragangal and National Theatre Festival, food lovers can focus on traditional Kerala recipes such as Sadya, Thalassery Biryani, Kanji, Nadan Kozhi Curry and Payasam. While indulging the taste buds, shopaholics have an option to shop for unique coir products, souvenirs in brass and metal, and items made out of coconut shells.
Trivandrum is famous for hosting internationally famous spring harvest festival called Onam. This festival features spirited race of the picturesque and majestic snake boats, the grand elephant parade, and the special presentation of regional dance forms of Kathakali, Mohiniyattam and Koodiyattam. Clean and green, Trivandrum is an energetic and naturopathic city, which should be experienced in its full glory.