Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum (colonial name), is a bustling city and the most populous in the state. It is a major IT hub in India and contributes about 80% of the state’s software export. Trivandrum has the most number of schools and colleges in the state, and so is aptly called the education capital of Kerala. Apart from this, the city is home to the richest temple in the world, and was referred to as the ‘Evergreen city of India’ by the great leader Mahatma Gandhi. Trivandrum, built on seven hills by the shore, has some stunning natural scenery around it.
The Napier Museum, housed in an 1880 wooden building designed by a British architect named Robert Chisholm, is one of the city’s main sightseeing destinations. It displays bronze work, Buddhist sculptures, temple carts, and ivory carvings, and is worth a visit especially for its interesting interiors. Regarded as the world’s richest temple, the Padmanabhaswamy Temple is made of intricate stone and bronze work. The structure is 260 years old, and houses in its sanctum the deity Padmanabha reclining on a sacred stone serpent. The animals in the famous novel ‘Life of Pi,’ written by Yann Martel were based on his observations at the Zoological Gardens in Trivandrum. The sanctuary is made beautiful by meandering shaded paths, lakes, and forestland, and houses tigers, macaques, and hippos among other animals. Kerala is home to some of the best tea flavours and coffee brews in the country. Sankers Coffee on MG Road in Trivandrum offers a wide variety of tea and coffee brews for purchase. Take back gifts or souvenirs like metal lamps, decorative items, and mats among other things, from the state-run emporium called Kairali.
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G.V. Raja Vattapara Road, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala - 695527. India