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About Trivandrum

Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram, or Trivandrum, is an energetic city that continues to retain ties to its illustrious past. Characterised by its undulating terrain of low coastal hills and busy commercial alleys, Trivandrum has a lot to offer visitors.

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Sight Seeing

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Napier Museum

This museum is housed in a majestic 1880s wooden building with an eccentric exterior designed by British architect Robert Chisholm. The eclectic display of bronzes, Buddhist sculptures, temple carts and ivory carvings offers a glimpse into Kerala’s rich cultural heritage.
Time : 10:00 AM
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Padmanabhaswamy Temple

The glorious Padmanabhaswamy Temple stands out for its work in stone and bronze. The interiors of this two hundred and sixty-year-old temple are adorned in stunning murals, and the inner sanctum has the deity Padmanabha reclining on a sacred serpent made from over ten thousand salagramam, or sacred stones.
Time : 3:30 AM
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Puthe Maliga Palace Museum

The two hundred-year-old Puthe Maliga Palace Museum, with its carved wooden ceilings, marble sculptures and imported Belgian glass, was once home to the Travancore Maharajas. Today, it houses Kathakali images, an armoury, portraits of the Maharajas, ornate thrones and other royal artefacts.
Time : 9:30 AM

Activities To Do

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Learn the traditional arts

Margi Kathakali School, located in an unmarked building near the fort, conducts courses in both Kathakali and Kootiattam (traditional Sanskrit drama). On a regular day, you can stop and watch an un-costumed practice session between 10am and noon from Monday to Friday.
Time : 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Explore Neyyar Dam Sanctuary

This sanctuary spreads itself around a tranquil lake created by the Neyyar Dam, 32km north of Trivandrum. The fertile forest lining the banks is home to creatures of the jungle such as gaurs, sambar deer, sloth, elephants, rare lion-tailed macaques and even the occasional tiger.
Time : 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Lounge on Kovalam’s beaches

A mere 16km from Trivandrum, Kovalam is home to two lovely beaches. Stroll along the shore at Lighthouse Beach, notable for the iconic candy-striped lighthouse at its southern end. Head up the lighthouse for great views and make a quick stop to enjoy the cool winds at Hawa Beach, which sees a lot of day-trippers.

Shopping

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Bring home local coffee and tea

The quaint little Sankers Coffee and Tea on MG Road exudes the lovely aroma of fresh coffee well before you enter the shop. Don’t stop just for just coffee; you will also find a variety of teas, including flavoured tea, green tea and white tea.
Time : 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Hunt out the perfect souvenirs

Take back some amazing handicrafts and souvenirs from Kairali. The state-run emporium sources all its products directly from home-grown artisans. You can choose from a range of bell-metal lamps, decorative items made of buffalo horn, and screwpine mats, among other things.
Time : 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Get a glimpse of local life

The bustling Connemara Market was named after Sir Connemara, Governor of Madras Presidency, who inaugurated it in 1888 on a visit to Trivandrum. Walk through and find people buying vegetables, fish, live goats, fabric, clothes, spices and more at this bustling market.
Time : From 7:00 AM
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