We landed in Trivandrum and were instantly seduced by the green coconut tree jungle that takes over the whole landscape. We were also surprised to see many communist flags and later learnt that the national headquarters are based in the capital of Kerala.
We took one bus from Trivandrum airport to the East Fort (the old city). We visited two temples, the Ganapati temple and the Padmanabha Swamy Temple (photo on top) where you have to wear a dhoti to get in (basically undress, pay someone to keep your belongings and go with a long white cotton cloth). Needless to say we didn’t go in with our backpacks. The sunset was beautiful and the sky was pink !
While you’re here don’t miss the visit of the Padmanbhapuram palace, my mum’s favourite!
The old city (built around) the East Fort is definitly worth a one-day visit. The atmosphere is the market is lively yet not agressive like it can be in some North Indian cities. Outside the Old Town is an incredibly gigantic technopole, hosting luxury and business resorts as well as IT-corporation offices and international level business or engineering schools. You have to see it to believe it and understand how this mini-Sillicon Valley in the coconut tree jungle is the heart of local development.