The capital city of Kerala, Trivandrum is a beautiful city unlike any other. In spite of being a capital city, Trivandrum is filled with greenery, rolling hills, rivers and areas of greenery. Now known as Thiruvananthapuram, Trivandrum is a name that was used in the colonial times.
The relaxing cityscape has so much to offer. A visit to God's Own Country, Kerala, is quite incomplete without witnessing the temples, museums, and gardens of Trivandrum. Read on to know all about the things that you must do on a visit to this beautiful city.
Pilgrimage To The Temples Galore
Being the capital city of Kerala from over 300 years, Trivandrum is home to quite a few beautiful temples that are definitely worth a visit. The most popular one, being Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, is built in a Dravidian style of architecture and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Some of the other temples to visit in Trivandrum include Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, Aazhimala Siva Temple, etc.
Although Trivandrum is the capital of the state, it has managed to find space and greenery throughout the city, unlike many cities of India. This has allowed the city to make some space for adventure activities.
For all the adventure buffs out there, head to this city and try skydiving. There are a quite a few renowned programmes and academies that facilitate you with skydiving. Apart from that you may even try paragliding or ride on a hot air balloon. Land and water activities are also available.
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Shop At Chalai Market
For all your souvenir and gift purchases, head to the busy streets of Chalai Market in Trivandrum. It defies all the images of houseboats, quaint beaches and palm trees you generally have of Kerala, since the streets are busy and bustling on all days of the week.
Mostly known for having commodities, Chalai Market is one of the oldest markets in India. Fruits, hardware shops, kitchenwares, spices, accessories, you name it, Chalai Market has it all! Even if you don't feel like shopping, a stop at Chalai Market is a must!
Visit The Natural History Museum
From the anatomy of the tiniest creature, such as ant, to an enormous whale, this Natural History Museum has comprehensive information on everything related to the animal kingdom.
The museum consists of a bird gallery, a skeleton gallery, a paleontological gallery, to name a few. Enrich your knowledge about animals and their anatomy by a visit to this museum.
Try The Local Cuisine
Kerala has its very own cuisine, that involves seafood, mainly fish, along with the usage of coconut oil in most of their dishes, which gives it a distinct taste. While you're shopping at Chalai Market, do not miss out on the famous kethel chicken fry.
Apart from Chalai Market, there are many small restaurants that prepare authentic Kerala dishes. You must also taste meen curry or fish curry while you're at it.
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Treat Yourself With Ayurvedic Massages
Kerala is known for housing many rejuvenating Ayurvedic centres which offer brief yoga classes, ayurvedic massages and other such treatments. Trivandrum has quite a few spa centres where they provide first class ayurvedic massage treatments.
Leave behind all your worries, relax and refresh your mind, body and soul with one such Ayurvedic massage experience.
Explore The Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary
The Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary is a beautiful forested area, that has hidden waterfalls, thickets of trees and of course, different species of animals. The sanctuary has a crocodile farm that consists of 20 odd mugger crocodiles, apart from which you can spot animals like tigers, barking deers, leopards, elephants, to name a few.
You must also visit the Neyyar Dam where you can go boating and fishing. Take your kids and family along for a relaxing day out at the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary.
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