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Top Choice Keralan in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Villa Maya

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

Ariya Nivaas

Trivandrum's best all-you-can-eat South Indian veg thalis mean Ariya Nivaas is always busy at lunchtime, but service is snappy and the food fresh.
Top Choice Museum in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Museum of History & Heritage

In a lovely heritage building within the Kerala Tourism complex, this beautifully presented museum traces Keralan history and culture through superb static displays and interactive audiovisual presentations. Exhibit…
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 Keralan vernacular shows his enthusiasm for local craft, this museum has an eclectic display of…
Museum in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Puthe Maliga Palace Museum

The 200-year-old palace of the Travancore maharajas has carved wooden ceilings, marble sculptures and imported Belgian glass. Inside you’ll find Kathakali images, an armoury, portraits of maharajas, ornate thrones a…
Indian in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Indian Coffee House

This branch of Indian Coffee House serves its strong coffee and snacks in a crazy red-brick tower that looks like a cross between a lighthouse and a pigeon coop, and has a spiralling interior lined with concrete ben…
Zoo in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Zoological Gardens

Yann Martel famously based the animals in his novel Life of Pi on those he observed here in Trivandrum’s zoological gardens. Shaded paths meander through woodland, lakes and native forest, where tigers, macaques and…
Cafe in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Cherries & Berries

For serious comfort food, icy air-con and free wi-fi that really works, take a trip east of the centre to Cherries & Berries. The menu includes waffles, mini-pizzas, hot dogs, toasties, good coffee and indulgent…
Indian in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Azad Restaurant

A busy family favourite serving up authentic Keralan seafood dishes such as molee (fish pieces in coconut sauce), and excellent biryanis and tandoori. There's a takeaway barbecue on street level and the restaurant i…
Hindu Temple in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Trivandrum’s spiritual heart is this 260-year-old temple in the Fort area. The main entrance is the 30m-tall, seven-tier eastern gopuram (gateway tower). In the inner sanctum (Hindus only), the deity Padmanabha recl…