A trip to Thiruvananthapuram, the humble capital city of Kerala, is nothing short of a real delight. Perched on seven low-lying hills, the immaculate city of Thiruvananthapuram, enclosed by wooden highlands of the Western Ghats on one side and Arabian Sea on the other, serves as an entree to 'God's Own Country'- Kerala. Thiruvananthapuram, meaning home of Lord Ananta, boasts of a slew of beautiful temples that reflect an impeccable blend of Dravidian and Kerala style of architecture. Apart from being the house of art and monuments, Thiruvananthapuram is also famous for being the political nerve centre of Kerala. Come to this beautiful city and experience the trancing ambiance, indulge in ayurvedic therapies, learn martial arts and savor authentic Keralite cuisine. With so many things to learn, do and explore in this place, it is little surprise that Thiruvananthapuram ranks among one of the most flocked tourist terminus in the country and is a fascinating destination for the vacationists. To know how to reach Thiruvananthapuram, read on.
Traveling to Thiruvananthapuram
Being the capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram is well connected to the major cities of India and other neighboring countries by Trivandrum International Airport. This international airstrip connects the city to almost all the countries in the Gulf, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Singapore and the rest of India. Some of the international carriers operating from this airport are Air Arabia, Oatar Airways, Air Asia, Silk Air and Air India. Apart from that, Thiruvananthapuram is connected to the cities of Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi by domestic airlines.
Trivandrum Central is the heart of South India's rail network. The station is placed 7 km from the airport at Thampanoor and receives trains from all parts of the country. Thiruvananthapuram is connected to all the cities of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu by trains and provides daily trains to Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, and Bangalore. Make sure that you book your ticket in advance if you are traveling by rail as the trains to and from Trivandrum usually run full.
Trivandrum has a wide network of roads that connects it to the rest of the country. As the city is well connected to nearby cities with a wide network of motorable roads, one can easily access Kollam, Alappuzha, Ernakulum Trichur, Chennai and Pondicherry by road. The main bus terminal is located in Thampanoor. KSRTC provides luxury super-fast buses to important cities within the state as well as to the neighboring states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Once you reach Thiruvananthapuram, the easiest way of transport to reach your destination is an auto-rickshaw, taxi or bus. The local buses in the city are much cheaper but you might require some knowledge about the routes and the destination. Taxis are available at travel agencies, which can be used for local excursions or for trips out of the city.