Trivandrum is the capital of the Indian state of Kerala and the headquarters of the Thiruvananthapuram District. It is located on the west coast of India near the extreme south of the mainland. Thiruvananthapuram is a historic city, dotted with many historical structures, parks, museums, tourist centers and palaces. It is widely known as the gateway to one of the most beautiful states of India and for being the Evergreen city of India.
Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple, the icon of the city is known to be the World's Richest Temple. The temple has many structures inside, like musical pillars, golden mandap, 500 pillared corridor famous for its sculptures and large collection of temple mural paintings. The Padmanabhapuram Palace the old headquarters of Travancore Royal family, is one of the most attractive palaces, which no tourist can't afford to miss. The palace is recorded as World's largest Wooden Palace, by Guinness Books of Records. It is entirely made of teak and rosewood and have an exquisite flooring made of granite and a rare ayurvedic mixture with secret extracts to keep the floor cool in summer season and warm during rainy season
Things to See & Do
* Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple
* East Fort
* Kovalam beach & Sanghumukham Beach
* The Napier Museum & Zoo
* The Padmanabhapuram Palace
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Indian Rupee (INR)
Language – Hindi, English
Population – 252,500 approx
Land Area – 214.86 km²
Electricity – 2 round pins European style or with a round pin below
Time – GMT plus five and a half hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 91
Port Location - The Valiathura Sea Port at Thiruvananthapuram is located approximately 5km from the city centre.
Travel Links – Trivandrum International Airport with direct flights from the Middle East, Singapore, Maldives, Sri Lanka as well as seasonal charter flights to Europe. It is linked with many major cities in India by domestic flights.
The long distance bus station is located next door to the railway station. Buses ply to all major towns and villages in the state as well as to big cities like Cochin, Bangalore, Kozhikode, Coimbatore,Tirunelveli and Chennai.