We started from Thekkady after breakfast and reached Trivandrum by afternoon. It took us more or less 4 hours. Drive was smooth and there was not much traffic on the way.
After a relaxing & fresh up in the hotel, we started for Kovalam beach, which is around half an hour from Trivandrum. While we were driving, our driver suggested to visit Poovar also and so we took a detour. There was a small jetty for boat and from where boats were taking people to Kovalam through backwaters. As my Mom was not comfortable so, instead of splitting we decided to return to Kovalam by car.
Kovalam is considered to have the finest beaches in Kerala. It was clean in term of garbage but the sand was somewhat dark gray in color at some places. We sat on the beach and relaxed enjoying the waves. Later on, we had some snacks & tea from the small vendors roaming around the beach. And……Finally, we have a seen beautiful sunset with the clouds. We started from Kovalam after having dinner in one of the restaurants by the beach, there are few nice places by the beach.
Next day we planned to do the site seeing in Trivandrum. Our first stop was Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, it is considered as India’s richest temple in terms of gold & jewel in its vaults. Temple is open for all but there is a strict dress code for people entering temple i.e. man should wear dhoti and women should wear saree. They even have a rental shop outside temple from where one can hire these garment. We have been to Guruvayur in beginning of our trip so we had all essential garments with us. They don’t allow a camera inside the temple as it is with most of the temples.We went inside and had darshan, the principle deity of the temple is Vishnu and the idol is in yogic sleep (Reclining poster). We prayed and spent some time inside the temple. There was a pond with fishes & birds outside the temple, where people were taking bath.
Outside the temple is a museum, which was earlier the palace of a king. We bought entry tickets and hired a guide for the tour, and again camera was not allowed inside. In the museum, they had kept many things, which belonged to different kings. In my opinion, one can always skip this place.
Our next stop was Napaier Museum and Sri Chitra Art Gallery, once again we were not allowed to take a camera inside but the building.There were some really nice and intricate sculptures & paintings. The garden around the buildings was well maintained. It was an interesting place to have a glimpse of local art. There is a small zoo also in same premises but I decided to skip it as we been to many other bigger zoos. :-p By the time we finished from here it was already afternoon.
We decided to go to Veli Tourist Village, this is an initiative by Kerala tourism. They have made a place next to backwaters, where people can sit and relax, go for boating or eat in the restaurant on edge of backwaters. The garden area in the premises was well maintained and there were a couple of eating joints other than a proper restaurant. We had some fresh juices and had Kerala style biryani. Later on, my parents decided to relax in shade and I went for a boat ride in backwaters. It was a short but nice ride.
We came back to the hotel before evening and rested for a while. Then we went for shopping of some handloom items and sarees in a local market.
Next morning we check out from hotel after breakfast and proceeded for Kanyakumari 🙂
P.S. I would love to spend some more time in Kovalam or Poovar, will definitely visit these places someday 😀