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ESSENCE OF TRAVANCORE

ESSENCE OF TRAVANCORE

A day trip from Trivandrum to Kanyakumari -the Land's end, through its rich cultural heritage once known as 'TRAVANCORE'

07.30 am. Greet and meet by our representative. You will be picked up from the hotel. A short drive through the city's cultural corridors like Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple area, Chalai market area etc..

Trivandrum, the capital of the state of Kerala, the God's Own Country, now known by the name.Thiruvananthapuram, literally translates into the "abode of Lord Anantha". The Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, a highly venerated temple for Keralites, in the heart of the city is devoted to the deity Lord Anantha. The city of Thiruvananthapuram is located in the South of the state and bordered by Tiruneveli in the East, Kanyakumari to the South and Kollam district located to its North. The city is a must on the itinerary of any visitor to the South India. This ancient city is built on seven hills. Now a sprawling and bustling city with government offices, India;s biggest IT parks etc..,

09.00 am. Proceed towards BALARAMAPURAM the weaver's quarter of Trivandrum. Its here the traditional handloom weaver's from Tamil Nadu settled long back, by the special request of the King as a part of his efforts to bring in trading and commerce into Travancore. You can watch the weaving, materials used and also do some shopping right from the source. You can choose your pick from a wide variety of hand made silk clothing, sarees, tops, bed linen etc.

11.00am. Head to 'Padmanabhapuram Palace'

A magnificent wooden palace of the 16th century, Padmanabhapuram Palace lies at the land's end of mainland India - Kanyakumari. An enticing edifice to any lover of art and architecture this old palace of the Rajas of the erstwhile Travancore (1550 to 1750 AD) is a fine specimen of Kerala's indigenous style of architecture. The antique interiors are replete with intricate rosewood carvings and sculptured decor. The palace also contains 17th and 18th century murals. One can see: the musical bow in mahogany, windows with coloured mica, royal chairs with Chinese carvings, 'Thaikkottaram' or the Queen Mother's palace with painted ceilings, rose wood and teak carved ceilings with 90 different floral designs.

01.00 pm Proceed to Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of India. After a sumptuous lunch explore Kanyakumari.

Also known as Cape Comorin, a rocky headland on the Indian Ocean in Tamil Nadu state, southeastern India, forming the southernmost point of the subcontinent. It is the southern tip of the Cardamom Hills, an extension of the Western Ghats range along the west coast of India. The town of Kanniyakumari on the headland contains an ancient temple dedicated to Shiva, which is a much-frequented Hindu pilgrimage site.

After Sunset, head back to Trivandrum.

PRICE FOR A COUPLE - RS 6000/-

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS

  • Air conditioned sedan with driver throughout the mentioned route
  • English speaking guide throughout the day
  • Parking, interstate permit, toll, drivers batta.
  • One gift (per couple) from handloom showroom in Balaramapuram
  • Two bottles of Mineral water
  • Taxes

PACKAGE EXCLUSIONS

  • Meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as hard/soft drinks, local guides, entrance at monuments, still/video camera fees at monuments, phone/fax, tips & gratuities and any items not specified above