The third destination in our itinerary of Kerala trip was Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala. After Periyar, we wanted to drop the anchor at Trivandrum mainly because it was near to Kovalam beach.
We left Periyar at around 2 pm and reached Trivandrum city close to 8 pm. The distance isn’t that long; however, as it mostly passes through different cities, the pace of driving gets slow. Add to that, most of the roads are two way. For the first 10-20 kilometers you can see rubber, banana and pineapple plantations on either side of the road.
Anyway, just after entering the main city, we spotted a hotel on MG road called “City Tower Hotel”. Tired out of the journey, we quickly checked into the hotel. They had their own parking and a restaurant.
Though not luxurious, the rooms were decent with clean toilet. Only few things were left to be done for the day. Food and sleep. The food at the restaurant was superb. We savored parathas, chettinad chicken and fried rice and chilly chicken. WOW! That’s a big menu, isn’t it?
After this huge meal, we headed back to our room and crashed for the day.
Our plan for the next day was to cover the sight seeing places in the city and spend the sunset hours at Kovalam beach.
So after breakfast, we headed for Shanghumugham beach. Since the daytime temperature in Trivandrum rises very fast, we thought of covering this beach first. This beach is within 6 KM from city center. It’s very close to the airport. It’s a nice long beach. During that early morning hour, we found it very less crowded.