Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala’s state capital, is a peaceful city that’s well known for its picturesque beaches, beautiful parks filled with greenery, friendly locals, and most of all, the soothing Ayurvedic treatments. Nestled comfortably between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, Thiruvananthapuram is now a favored a tourist spot for many, due to its vibrant cultural/film festivals, pleasingly green landscape, and a good number of restaurants that serve Kerala cuisine at its spicy best. There are also a number of historical sites to visit in Thiruvananthapuram. It is also a major hub for education within the state, with plenty of schools and universities scattered across the city. Tourism has lately become one of the largest contributors of revenue for the city’s economy. Start your extensive Kerala trip by paying a visit to Thiruvananthapuram first. Travelling to/from/around the city is also quite convenient as it is blessed with a network of well-maintained roads, an international/domestic airport, and a busy railway station. When you’re searching for accommodation, you’ll surely come across a decent number 2-star hotel in Thiruvananthapuram which are ideal if you require more than just basic amenities/services, but not too high-end. Two-star hotels in Thiruvananthapuram are usually not too huge in size, spanning about two to four stories and positioned close to the most popular (yet inexpensive) attractions in the city. The furnishing and amenities provided will be neat but very basic. In-house restaurants will mostly not be available at these hotels, but well-rated, reasonably-priced restaurants would be available at a walkable distance. The staff are expected to be generally courteous and friendly, providing a more personal touch to your stay. Travelling around Thiruvananthapuram is also a not an expensive affair, with plenty of buses, rickshaws, and taxis plying the city all day. When you’re visiting Thiruvananthapuram, you should check out prominent tourist spots such as Kuthiramalika, Kanakakunnu Palace (free entry), Napier Museum & Zoo (nominal entry free), Russian Cultural Center, Bhavageetham Arts Gallery, and Shanghumugham beach. Restaurants such as Saurashtra, The Egg Stop, Kerala House, Indian Coffee House (several), and food-trucks like Fork & Spoon and Irani’s offer palatable food at not-so-expensive prices.
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