The best time to book flights to Thiruvananthapuram for a beach holiday is between the months of October and February, which is also the coolest time of the year. Nevertheless, midday temperatures range from 36 C to 38 C, so be sure to bring sun screen. Also, be aware that October and November see the city gripped by the northeast monsoon during a period dubbed the ‘second rainy reason’. The hottest and most humid time of the year is the period between February and May, while June to September is the major monsoon season. If you are on a budget, try searching for flights between June and September to benefit from cheap flights to Thiruvananthapuram.
If you do arrive during the monsoon, be sure to attend the festival of Onam at end of August/early September. Not only are there a range of cultural programs on offer, but visitors will have an opportunity to explore the unique Indian carnival atmosphere. The festival lasts for ten days, so be sure to plan ahead.
Located on the country’s very southern tip, Thiruvananthapuram is one of India’s oldest cities. It gained its fame as a trading post for spices, sandalwood and ivory, with both Greek and Roman texts hailing the city’s importance in the world of ancient commerce. Today, Thiruvananthapuram is known for its proximity to golden sand beaches and warm tropical waters only 8 miles (12.8 km) from the city centre. It is due to this rich mixture of history and beachfront comfort that developed Thiruvananthapuram into a popular tourist spot, earning it the nickname, India’s Evergreen City.
Visitors arriving on flights to Thiruvananthapuram will find themselves in a bustling city, passing along streets lined with markets and restaurants. One of the most prominent fixtures in the city’s skyline is Padmanabhaswamy temple, an early medieval Dravidian style centre of worship dedicated to Vishnu. Another major religious site is the impressive Bheema mosque, located just south of the city limits. Grand buildings erected by the Maharajas add further flavour to the cityscape, with The Kerala Government Secretariat rounding things off with a classic, Victorian feel.
The city is worth exploring on foot in order to get a real feel for the place. Alternatively, buses are the cheapest form of public transport. The government-run KSRTC vehicles are painted red and yellow, with the company’s fast buses painted blue. The city’s central bus station is located at East Fort, near the Padmanabha Swamy Temple. Autorickshaws, or autos, are another cost-effective mode of transport, and offer an interesting tourist experience. Be sure to ride in legally licensed autorickshaws, characterised by on-board fare meters. Finally, there is the option of a taxi, which can be hired by the trip or by the day.
Other Points to Remember
Flights to Thiruvananthapuram are served by Trivandrum International Airport, 2 miles (3.2 km) west of the city centre. Flights to major Indian cities such as Dehli and Bangalore are offered daily, while international routes are restricted to cities in the Persian Gulf. Other international destinations are served on a seasonal basis, so it is best to check availability in advance. Private hire taxis are available for transport to and from the city, but it is recommended to seek out the slightly more expensive companies that come with government accreditation. Car hire is also available.