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Book a flight to Thiruvananthapuram with Qatar Airways
It is Book a flight to Thiruvananthapuram with Qatar Airways, and enjoy the delights of one of southern India’s great historic cities.more than a millennium old, and its name means “town of Lord Anantha”, who was a celestial serpent.
But Thiruvananthapuram, described by Gandhi as India’s “Evergreen City”, also has an illustrious commercial heritage, and was once a major trading post for sandalwood and ivory. Today the city is a hub for science and technology, besides occupying a beautiful spot on India’s Arabian Sea coast.
Begin your trip to Thiruvananthapuram with a visit to the iconic Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, a complex of forts, museums and palaces around which the modern city was built. This major Vishnu shrine incorporates a mix of Tamil and Kerala architecture, and its landmark Padmatheertham Pond is a delight to stroll around in the evening.
No visit to Thiruvananthapuram is complete without seeing the magnificent Padmanabhapuram Palace. This rosewood and glass marvel was home to the Travancore royal family and contains many relics from the maharajas’ rule.
On your trip to Thiruvananthapuram, drop into the Indian Coffee House in Thampanoor, which has a fetching spiral design. Also check out the colourful dolls in the Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum. For evening relaxation, head for Shanghumukham Beach to take in the magnificent sunset. There’s a beautiful, giant mermaid sculpture here, and a restaurant shaped like a starfish.
For a spot of culture, Kerala Art College is housed in a sprawling old colonial building. As well as hosting regular exhibitions, it offers tours of the workshops, where you can see traditional Indian crafts.
A visit to the Zoological Park is also highly recommended. It was opened in 1843 and was India’s first zoo.
There are lots of restaurants in Thiruvananthapuram that serve authentic South Indian food. Chinese, North Indian and continental food is also easy to find. If you’re looking for something hot and spicy, try the puttu and mutton curry in outlets close to the East Fort. But be warned, the chefs make liberal use of some fairly robust chillies.
If the local fare is a little fiery for your palate, you can always try the many westernised snack bars and restaurants serving seafood, burgers and fried chicken. For traditional Arabian dishes, look out for authentic restaurants near the MLA hostel.
From on-the-go street food to fine dining, Thiruvananthapuram offers you the full range of South Indian cuisine. There are also high-end establishments in the city worth discovering.
If you’re looking forward to shopping when you travel to Thiruvananthapuram’s you can find the best shopping plazas and department stores around the East Fort area, where there are also numerous handicraft shops. Local wares include reasonably priced sandalwood, whitewood and rosewood statues.
If you are interested in textiles, the Fort area is renowned for its traditional clothing, and branded Western garments are also available. Haggling is perfectly acceptable, and indeed expected, especially when dealing with market vendors.
Essential facts about Thiruvananthapuram
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