Located on the west coast of India, Thiruvananthapuram officially known as Trivandrum stands tall as the capital city of the state of Kerala. Believed to be one of the greenest cities in India, Trivandrum is a beautiful amalgamation of natural beauty and modern infrastructure. The city came into existence as a trading post of spices, sandalwood and ivory before it grew into a city of economic and administrative prominence. Today, Trivandrum has in store many treasures that await being explored by travellers. Here’s a list of the city’s best.
- Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple
One of the oldest and most popular temples in South India, the Padmanabhaswamy Temple is also considered to be the wealthiest religious institution in the world. Built as far back as the 8th century, the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is a beautiful blend of both Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture. It is believed to be one of 108 Divya Desams or sacred Vishnu Temples spread across India.
- Attukal Bhagavaty Temple
Yet another temple of magnanimous beauty, the Attukal Bhagavaty Temple was built in honour of Goddess Parvati – a deity believed to be the supreme preserver, sustainer and destroyer. The temple hosts the annual Attukal Pongala – a festival that got its name recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records for hosting the largest annual gathering of women. Usually held in the months of February or March, this festival sees women overtake the city with dedications, offerings and prayers on a scale unimagined.
- Poovar Island
A rare find, Poovar Island is the meeting point of land, river, sea and beach. Untouched by the ugly hand of modern civilization, Poovar Island is popular among nature lovers and bird watchers alike. With many exotic flora, unusual species of birds, coconut and banana groves, the island makes for a sight that is mesmerizing and unforgettable. Poovar village that stands 2kms away is home to hospitable and friendly fishermen.
- Agastya mala
Originally called Agastyarkoodam, Agastya Mala is a peak in the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary. While many consider it the abode of Hindu sage Agastya, others see the possibility of adventure in its altitude of 6100ft. Adventure lovers are in for a treat as a trek is the only way to make it to the top. The trek covers a distance of 28kms and can be completed in about 2 days. Reaching the peak rewards you with stunning views of a mountain-studded skyline and exotic flora like herbs and vegetation.
- Kovalam Beach
A favourite among locals, national and international tourists, the Kovalam Beach is popular for its crescent shaped coastline. Dotted with many cottages, resorts and Ayurveda treatment centres, this beach makes for a relaxing and rejuvenating visit. Some of the best and most luxurious hotels in Trivandrum are located on this beach and qualify as must-visits when in the city.