Top things to do in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Top Choice Keralan in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Villa Maya

Villa Maya is more an experience than a mere restaurant. Dining is either in the magnificent 18th-century Dutch-built mansion or in private curtained niches in the tranquil courtyard garden. The Keralan cuisine is e…
Top Choice Museum in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Museum of History & Heritage

Occupying a handsome 120-year-old heritage building within the Kerala Tourism complex, this intelligently presented museum traces Kerala's history and culture through superb static and multimedia displays. Exhibits …
Top Choice Museum in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Napier Museum

Housed in an 1880 wooden building designed by Robert Chisholm (a British architect whose Fair Isle–style version of the Keralite vernacular shows his enthusiasm for local craft), this museum holds an eclectic displa…
Top Choice South Indian in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Ariya Nivaas

Trivandrum's best all-you-can-eat South Indian veg thalis mean long-running Ariya Nivaas is always busy (especially at lunchtime), but service is snappy and the food fresh. There's an air-con dining room upstairs.
Keralan in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Padmavilasom Palace

At elegant, history-rich Padmavilasom Palace, Kerala's traditional vegetarian sadya (banquet) is delivered in all its banana-leaf sumptuousness within the courtyards of an exquisitely restored 19th-century ammaveedu…
Museum in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Puthe Maliga Palace Museum

Overlooking the Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple tank, the opulent 18th-century palace of the Travancore maharajas is a classically Keralan world of beautifully carved wooden ceilings, tiled roofs, marble sculptures and …
Indian in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Indian Coffee House

Right beside Trivandrum's main bus stand, this branch of the famous Indian Coffee House serves its strong coffee and wallet-friendly snacks (biryanis, omelettes, masala dosa; savoury crepe stuffed with spiced potato…
Cafe in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)


Pocketed away in an otherwise unexciting mall, 2km east of central Trivandrum, this laid-back self-styled cafe-bistro is run by a duo of hands-on actors. Indian and international flavours mingle on the punchy menu –…
Hindu Temple in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Trivandrum’s spiritual heart is this 18th-century temple (closed to non-Hindus) in the Fort area, which fuses Keralan and Dravidian architecture and whose origins go back to at least the 8th century. The main entran…
Indian in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)


A busy family favourite serving authentic Keralan seafood dishes such as molee (fish pieces in coconut sauce) and prawn masala, and excellent biryanis and tandoori. The main restaurant (with an air-con room) is spre…