Sunday, 4 December 2011

Trivandrum & Around: Rich temples, Beaches and Coconut trees

Trivandrum & Around: Rich temples, Beaches and Coconut trees 

Overview: We had been planning to visit Kanyakumari since long and when my brother was in Trivandrum for some training, we got a chance to visit him and also visit Kanyakumari. So we started off on a 3-day trip down south.
Day 0: We boarded the Trivandrum express from Bangalore at around 6:00pm.
Day 1: We woke up in the morning and was a really good sight outside with backwaters and coconut trees all around. We reached Trivandrum in the morning at around 11:00am. After relaxing for a while, we went to the Thiruvallam backwaters just at the outskirts of Trivandrum. Enjoyed a lazy boat ride to the sea shore and spent sometime in the sands watching the sea. We then came back and visited one of my aunts at the Ramakrishna Sarada Mission in Trivandrum. Spending an hour there, we set off towards the bus stand where we met my brother who came after his office. Trivandrum is not a typical capital city with hustle bustle and looks like any small town.We signed off for the day with this.
 Alappuzha railway station From the train From the train Thiruvallam Thiruvallam Thiruvallam Thiruvananthapuram Thiruvananthapuram
Day 2: We went to the now richest temple in India, Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple. It is the main centre of attraction in Trivandrum and in ancient city, this was the centre point around which the whole city was built. There is a strict dress code for men and women who wish to enter the temple premises. The deity of Vishnu in a reclining posture is a rare sight and people from far away places flock this place to have a glimpse of the Lord. There are three doorways offering a glimpse of the God from different positions which indicating how huge the idol is. The temple is also known for its 500 pillars, the carvings and paintings. There is a big Kalyani or tank outside called Padmateertham.
Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, Trivandrum Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, Trivandrum Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, Trivandrum  Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, Trivandrum
From here we went to the Kovalam beach which overlooks the Arabian sea. The coconut trees, sun and blue waters makes it look very attractive. Also the shallow waters stretching for hundreds of meters makes it an ideal getaway for tourists. We also got into the act and enjoyed the waters at the beach. From here we went to the Shangmugham beach which is much peaceful and people come here to watch the sunset view.
Trivandrum Kovalam BeachKovalam BeachKovalam Beach  Shangmugham Beach Shangmugham Beach
From here we went to Veli Tourist Village where we had a Lake almost overlooking the sea. There are plenty of options to get involved with like boating, Horse riding and also there are some good restaurants inside.
Veli Veli Veli Veli Club, Veli Club, Veli
Post lunch we went to a indoor recreation club where there is a huge sculpture of Matsyakanya or a mermaid. We spent the evening around this place and ended our trip to Trivandrum.
Matsyakanya
To be continued…
 
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16 comments:

  1. Wow! It is a heavenly place, and you captured it so beautifully. Could feel it all.. Many thanks for sharing!

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  2. एक बार यहाँ की यात्रा की है। आपके चित्र बहुत अच्छे आये है।

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  3. Excellent captures... esp the Matsyaanya...

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  4. thank you for the wonderful virtual tour!

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  5. Thanks Sandeep, Aditya, Magiceye, Deepak

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  6. Nice post on Trivandrum which happens to be my home town.

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  11. it is gorgeous. Thiruvananthapuram owns an array of beautiful places to make it one of the most popular tourist destinations of south India. List of best places to visit in Thiruvananthapuram compels tourist with its panoramic view to visit the city again and again.

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  12. Beautiful pictures. thans for sharing about Thiruvananthapuram. The city is academically and politically rich. Its one of the greenest city.Do visit the largest city of Kerela and explore the places to visit in Trivandrum.

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  14. Very nice blog! All captures are looking beautiful. Trivandrum is well known for its hill stations, back waters, beaches, lagoons and wildlife sanctuaries. There are many destinations for visiting where we can arrive by car rentals or taxi services. You can get easy and inexpensive taxi services in Trivandrum for sightseeing, airport transfer, railway transfer and for local and outstation visit.

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