Thiruvananthapuram – The Quintessential Holiday Destination
Time stands still in the city of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala. From the authentic Kerala cuisine to architectural treasures, and from a sophisticated art scene to historic landmarks, there is much to explore in Kerala’s capital.
Thiruvananthapuram is known as the "Evergreen City of India" because of its green landscapes and the presence of many lush parks throughout the city. The city is also known for its unique style of architecture that showcases British and Dravidian influences. Many famous landmarks like Padmanabha Swamy temple, Kuthira Malika palace, Kilimanoor palace, and The Trivandrum Golf Club heritage building are a testament to this.
The ‘God’s Own Country’ has historically been a cultural hub in South India due to the development of arts, architecture, and liberal customs by the rulers of the erstwhile Trivandrum — and this city steeped in culture and heritage is the perfect destination for your next getaway.
Below are a few offbeat places that one must visit when in Thiruvananthapuram.
Veli Tourist Village
The The Veli Tourist Village is located at a distance of 12 km from Trivandrum, and is a pleasant and relaxing escape from the city. The village lies where the Veli Lake meets the Arabian Sea and provides for a surreal experience.
The unique location of the Veli Tourist Village makes it a beautiful picnic spot. The charming landscape of the village allures one to explore this serene destination.
A unique attraction of this village is the floating bridge, which has been built recently. The village also houses a floating restaurant that offers local delicacies. When here, people can enjoy boat rides, rock climbing, and other activities and adventures.
Neyyar Dam and Wildlife Sanctuary
Home to multiple endangered species, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary is a must-visit place for nature and wildlife lovers. The sanctuary organises enthralling Lion Safaris and also offers an opportunity for two-day treks at the sanctuary itself.
Christened after Neyyar River on which it is built, the Neyyar Dam is a beauty beyond words. This famous tourist hub of Kerala is situated on the foothills of the Western Ghats and is an ideal picnic spot because of the panoramic lake view it offers. While here, people can engage in activities like boating, fishing, and even mountaineering.
The beautiful village of Poovar Island is located on the southern tip of Trivandrum. In this rustic town, guests can relax and explore its unspoilt golden sand beaches, and the beautiful backwaters of Kerala.
A visit to this secluded island makes for a joyful time with family and friends. Also known as a fishing village, this tranquil island lies between the Arabian Sea and the Neyyar River, and can be accessed only by boat. Tucked away from the bustle of city life, this beach is a fantastic place to spend a memorable day.
Located at Kovalam beach, perched on a mountain, the Vizhinjam Lighthouse is one of the highest lighthouses in Thiruvananthapuram and offers a spellbinding view of the sea. The way to the top of the lighthouse includes a 150 stair climb, which by itself is an adventure.
Once at the top, the guests are greeted with a view of the picturesque landscape and the sound of waves hitting the shores. The Vizhinjam Lighthouse is one of the best vantage points in Southern Kerala to view the coastline and is definitely one of the best sightseeing points in Trivandrum.
Ambika Vilas – A Heritage Stay in Trivandrum
If you are seeking a stay experience that reflects the natural beauty and simplistic charms of this quintessential city, amã Stays & Trails Ambika Vilas is the perfect destination. A charming three-bedroom bungalow situated in the heart of Trivandrum, Ambika Vilas is ideal for stays with family and friends and offers quick access to all the points of interest.
Built in 1911, this heritage bungalow was planned and constructed according to the principles of 'Thatchusastra’, an ancient science of carpentry, and has been lovingly restored. As one walks into the house, one will still find small miniature gardens, sky-lit verandahs, slanting roofs supported by wooden rafters and numerous windows that bring in the cool sea breeze. The bungalow features a tasteful blend of Kerala architectural elements with modern comforts.
When here, guests can spend time reading a book on the swing in central courtyard, or take a leisurely walk through the verdant lawns. A fully functional kitchen dishes out local delicacies of Kerala, customised to guests’ taste. Staying at Ambika Vilas is a perfect way to delve into
life and culture of Trivandrum. It is surely one of the best villas in Trivandrum, where the timeless beauty of history and charm of Kerala’s unique culture come together.