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Sunday, 28 December 2014

Padmanabhswamy Temple, Trivandrum

Google Maps: Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Trip: Bangalore > Kanyakumari > Kovalam > Trivandrum > Rameswaram > Bangalore

  • Padmanabhswamy temple is the star attraction of Trivandrum. Dress code is sstrict so be prepared - full clothes and no western attire permitted inside the temple.
  • India Coffee House near railway station is a landmark and serves amazing dosas. The shape itself is uniquely spiral.
  • Kovalam is an hour drive from here. One should plan stay at Kovalam and visit Trivandrum on the way back. Kanyakumari is only sixty miles away. 

Trivandrum was a halt on way to Kovalam. There are not many things to visit but one that has come up as a superstar attraction is the Padmanabhswamy Temple. Few years ago, government became aware of gold worth $20 Bn lying in the basement of this temple all collected from devotees over hundreds of years.

$20 Bn Padmanabhswamy Temple @ Trivandrum

I have visited quite a number of temples in south India but this one is different, almost representative of Kuber, the god of wealth. The short and thick mandapam colored in golden yellow will remind you of the yaksha king. The temple itself is simple.

Padmanabhswamy Temple, Trivandrum

We sat in a restaurant across, had our breakfast and coffee before we moved on to the Pazhavangadi Ganapathi Temple. The temple is known for detailed rituals and even I got opportunity to break a coconut in front of Lord Ganesha.

Kuthiramalika Palace, Trivandrum

We were close to the station but still took an auto. We were leaving for Rameswaram. Near station we settled in a weird looking restaurant. It has tables along the ramp. The food was good and we had a sumptuous meal.

India Coffee House, Trivandrum

Trivandrum is strategic location to visit Kovalam Beach, Kairali Backwaters & many other beaches of Kerala. We were coming from Kanyakumari which is 50 miles away and the southern most point of peninsular India.