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With its rustic charm, traditional wooden houses and languid pace, India's City of the Sacred Serpent, Trivandrum remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India. The laidback city packs in a surprise lurking at every possible nook and cranny in order to bring smiles on the faces of sightseers who painstakingly book seats aboard cheap flights to the country and flock here with a desire to explore a mind-boggling ragbag of stimulating attractions. Some of the not-to-be-missed attractions in the city include Sri Padmanabham Swamy Temple, CVN Kalari Sangam, Trivandrum Public Park, Natural History Museum, Napier Museum, Puttan Mallaga Palace and Trivandrum Zoo.
One of South India's busiest airports in terms of passenger traffic, Trivandrum International Airport (IATA: TRV) is the prominent international aerodrome that serves Kerala's capital city - Trivandrum and its surrounding areas. Located at around 3.7kms west of the city centre, the airport features a host of public transport options to make it easy for both arriving and departing passengers to navigate to different city points. Though fairly small as compared to the international airports in Delhi and Mumbai, this airport is well strewn with a string of passenger friendly facilities including premium lounges, elaborate shopping and dining and state-of-the-art business facilities.
Trivandrum is fairly well connected to the UK and the rest of the world by a host of popular airlines that operate several scheduled direct/indirect flights to the destination. Particularly from the airports in the UK, UAE and the Far East, popular airlines such as Emirates, British Airways, Etihad, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and Qatar Airways amongst a host of others remain popular carriers operating several scheduled direct/indirect flights to the city. India's flag carrier, Air India also offers air tickets to Trivandrum from several global destinations including the UK. The state owned airline is quite well known to pamper its guests with superb set of in-flight services.
Capital of India's God's Own Country-Kerala, Trivandrum features a wide range of accommodation options which include upmarket, mid-rung and pocket-friendly hotels that vary in comfort, luxury and above all pricing. A handful of popular luxury and cheap hotels are located close to the international airport and can make for the best bet for time-crunched visitors on flights to Trivandrum. Some of the most popular luxury hotels in the city include The Leela Kovalam Beach, Vivanta by Taj, Turtle on the Beach and Niraamaya Surya Samudra. And some best lodging options for budget vacationers in Trivandrum include The Hibiscus Court, Ginger Hotel, Hotel Olivia and Thamburu International.
The best time to visit the coastal city of Trivandrum is between the months of October and March. During these peak travel months, the weather remains pleasant with warm days and mildly cold nights making it the most agreeable time to indulge in outdoor sightseeing and activities. But favourable weather conditions also bring in huge crowd and sky-rocketing prices, which makes it important to make bookings well in advance, if planning to visit during this time of the year. Numerous local festivals and events are also held throughout the city during these months making one's holidays to the region even more rewarding.
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