Fly To Trivandrum, India
Trivandrum, officially known as Thiruvananthapuram, was dubbed the “Evergreen City of India” by Mahatma Gandhi, and this former spice-trading post is certainly verdant enough to deserve the name. Sandwiched between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, Trivandrum’s waving palms and rolling green hills overlook a city as rich in history as it is in character.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Trivandrum, India. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and remember to check that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The nearest South African Consulate to Trivandrum is the South African Honorary Consulate in Tamil Nadu. 234 N S C Bose Road, Chennai 600 001, Tamil Nadu. Phone: + 91 44 2530 6789 / + 91 44 2530 6222.
See and do
Trivandrum’s history is vast and colourful, and there are many palaces, temples, museums and parks that preserve and celebrate this city’s past. Sree Anantha Padmanabha Temple is possibly the most iconic, and certainly one of the oldest in all of India. It’s heavily protected, as it holds priceless treasures, and there are strict rules and etiquette that visitors are required to follow.
Less stringent rules apply to the area’s palaces, and Ramanayar and Kuthiramallikka Palaces are both wonderful to see. The collections of antiques, paintings, and royal belongings are beautifully preserved and displayed.
Also worth seeing, is the Zoological Park, which was the first zoo ever opened in India. It houses a wide variety of animals, plants and birds, and has a reptile park and butterfly garden to explore as well.
Of course, with its ocean-side location, you’d expect Trivandrum to have some beaches, and you won’t be disappointed on that score at all. Kovalam Beach is world famous, and draws crowds from afar, and there’s also Veli Tourist Village and Shanghumukham Beach, amongst others.
The beachfronts and roads often host a number of vendors, and you can find some great souvenirs for very reasonable prices. Keep an eye out for handmade jewellery, block-printed cotton and exotic wood sculptures. Remember that haggling is perfectly acceptable, so don’t be afraid to bargain for a better deal.
The cheapest way to travel around Trivandrum is by bus, but they tend to be very crowded, and not particularly comfortable. Auto-rickshaws are not much more expensive, and are a nicer experience for tourists. Just be sure the meter gets turned on before you set off, as drivers like to overcharge foreigners if they get the chance. Sedan taxis are also an option, and won’t break the bank. You can hire them for a short trip, or for dedicated service for a few days. It works out similarly to renting a car, as most rental agencies insist on sending a driver as well. Either way, it’s better than braving India’s crazy traffic alone.
Trivandrum International Airport – TRV
Food and beverage: There are tea and coffee vending machines in the international terminal, as well as snack bars and restaurants.
Currency Exchange: There are foreign exchange facilities in both the arrivals and departures area in the international terminal at Trivandrum Airport.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to airport security, who will direct you appropriately. Alternatively phone the Lost & Found office on +91 471 250 1591.
Airport Hotels: There is dormitory style accommodation available at the airport. Alternatively try these hotels nearby: Uday Suites, Wild Palms Guesthouse, Maurya Rajadhani and Hotel Pankaj Trivandrum.
Car Hire: There are a few local Trivandrum car rental agencies with desks in the arrivals hall of Trivandrum Airport. Cars are usually rented with a driver.
Airport Hub: Trivandrum International Airport (code TRV) is a hub for Air India Express.