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Thiruvananthapuram – India’s ‘evergreen city’

Book flights to Thiruvananthapuram and experience the sweeping beaches and palm-dotted hills of this standout destination on India’s idyllic Keralan coastline.

Mahatma Gandhi called it the ‘evergreen city of India’ and there’s always something going on in this ancient regional capital that dates back 3,000 years.

sri padmanabhaswamy temple in tivandrum thiruvananthapuram india

Marvel at the golden rooftop of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and savour the city’s blend of British and Dutch-influenced architecture. The Keralan Museum and Napier Museum are two of the best examples you’ll find.

Afterwards, make time to discover Thiruvananthapuram’s stunning coastline.

A favoured spot for surfers and snorkellers alike, the shores of Kerala are famous the world over for their smooth sands and tranquil views.

Book flights to Thiruvananthapuram with Etihad Airways and start planning your Indian adventure.

What’s the weather like in Thiruvananthapuram?

What’s the weather like in Thiruvananthapuram?

Average temperatureAverage rainfall

JAN

27°C

2cm

FEB

28°C

2cm

MAR

29°C

4cm

APR

29°C

12cm

MAY

29°C

20cm

JUN

27°C

33cm

JUL

27°C

19cm

AUG

27°C

14cm

SEP

20°C

15cm

OCT

27°C

26cm

NOV

27°C

20cm

DEC

27°C

7cm

Thiruvananthapuram has a hot climate all year, averaging around 27°C month on month. There are two monsoon seasons, in June and then again from mid-October into November.

There’s no bad time to visit Thiruvananthapuram, as even in rainy season the rain typically falls for a few hours and is then followed by sunshine. The months of December through to March are the driest.

Reasons to visit Thiruvananthapuram

thiruvananthapuram padmanabhaswamy temple

Admire Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Arguably Thiruvananthapuram’s most iconic landmark, the sculptured peak of this golden temple looms high over the rooftops of the surrounding area. It’s dedicated to the Hindu deity, Vishnu, and is the epicentre of life in Thiruvananthapuram, as the entire city has been designed around this religious edifice.

A beautiful, breathtaking building, the roof’s finely sculpted statues and murals offer a true feast for the eyes. It’s worth noting that only Hindus are allowed inside the temple itself, but the grounds can still be explored by visitors, providing they are covered in respectful, traditional shawls or saris.

the padmanabhapuram palace in thiruvananthapuram

Visit Padmanabhapuram Palace

Anyone flying to Thiruvananthapuram should consider making a day trip from the city to visit the former residence of the Travancore royals. This awe-inspiring palace is a feat of architectural beauty, as the expansive structure is entirely wooden, constructed of teak and rosewood.

You’ll find a 600-year-old spice bed and the oldest working clock tower in southern Asia here. Marvel at the intricate details of wooden carving crafted into the walls, as you wander the grounds of this ornate timbered palace.

fishing boat on a tropical beach in thiruvananthapuram india

Relax at Shankumugham Beach

Fringed by paradise palms, the warm waters of the Keralan coastline attract plenty of beachgoers every year – with good reason. These golden shores are among the finest in India, and Shankumugham Beach might be the absolute best.

A perfect place to unwind after enjoying the vibrant atmosphere of the city, Shankumughan tends to be less crowded than other waterside spots in the area.

The sunsets here are especially spectacular, with orange hues dancing over the waves. Be sure to stay into the evening and enjoy a moment of peaceful reflection as the sun disappears behind the horizon.

Things to know before you fly to Thiruvananthapuram

holiday Public holidays

India has three major national holidays, Republic Day (26 January), Independence Day (15 August) and Gandhi’s birthday (Ghandi Jayanti – 2 October). On these days, most businesses close.

currency Local Currency

India’s currency is the rupee (INR). You’re not permitted to take rupees in or out of India. Pound sterling (GBP) or US dollars (USD) can be exchanged for rupees upon arrival in the country.

globe Language

The local language in Thiruvananthapuram is Malayalam, though Hindi is also spoken. Many locals will understand at least a little English.

socket Plugs

The standard for Indian plugs and sockets is type C, D and M, with round-pins. The voltage standard is 230V/50Hz.

Flying to Thiruvananthapuram: FAQs

How many days do I need in Thiruvananthapuram?

Thiruvananthapuram is the largest city in the state of Kerala, and its main sights and attractions can be explored in a week. If you are using the city as a base to explore the wider Kerala region, then you should look to stay for around 10 days to enjoy the entire area at a steady pace.

What’s the best way to get around Thiruvananthapuram?

Many of Thiruvananthapuram’s popular visitor attractions are located within walking distance of one another, making sightseeing in the city centre relatively easy. If you’re looking to explore beyond the Keralan capital, there are plenty of public transport options thanks to the local bus and train network. Taxis and auto-rickshaws are inexpensive and can be hired for days at a time.

What food is Thiruvananthapuram known for?

In Thiruvananthapuram and across the region of Kerala, you’ll find food is rich and spicy. One of the best-loved dishes is sadhya. Typically served as part of a celebration, sadhya is a platter of different vegetarian curries, usually with a crispy dosa on the side. Restaurants across the city will also offer a tasty fish curry, flavoured with coconut.

Why we love Thiruvananthapuram

“Thiruvananthapuram is a beautiful city. Head to Shangumugham Beach and discover a peaceful oasis where you can relax and grab some delicious local cuisine in the sunshine.”

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Riyadh (RUH) to Thiruvananthapuram (TRV)

Departure 1 Jul 2020,
Return 29 Aug 2020
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Dammam (DMM) to Thiruvananthapuram (TRV)

Departure 21 Jul 2020,
Return 15 Aug 2020
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Weather in Thiruvananthapuram

30 °C
Saturday30 May 2020
31 °C
Sunday31 May 2020
30 °C
Monday1 Jun 2020
30 °C
Tuesday2 Jun 2020
29 °C
Wednesday3 Jun 2020
29 °C
Thursday4 Jun 2020
29 °C
Friday5 Jun 2020
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