Thiruvananthapuram or Trivendram? : South India IX
|Thiruvananthapuram Railway Station|
After light snacks, we were presented with traditional Kerala dresses which were a must for our entry into Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. The dress predominantly was a dhoti for men leaving us bare top and sarees for women. Many temples in South India impose strict entry conditions, especially with the dressing. Most temples would not allow jeans or denim while many may not even allow trousers, like the one which we were headed to. Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is a revered place of worship for devotees of Vishnu and is a blend of Kerala and Dravidian architecture. This is considered to be the richest planet of the world. The Temple has been a fascination in India for many years, and one shrouded in mystery and fear. Researchers believe that the temple owns over $1 trillion across its various vaults. Two enormous Cobras are rumored to be protecting the innermost hidden chamber. To make matters worse, legend has it that anyone who opens the vault will be met with disastrous results.
|Beach with Golden Sand and Rising Waves|
|The Jungle Trails|
After about half an hour’s drive, we were standing at Kovalam Beach. This is a famous beach of South India which has its own identity of having black sand giving way to golden expanse. It is a falcate-shaped beach bordered with coconut trees swaying gently in the soft breeze. The clean sands are ideal for a leisure walk in the evening and at the same time, the pristine clear water will hypnotize you to jump in for an enjoyable swimming session. We spent limited time there as we had been to plenty of beaches by then and plenty more awaited us ahead. However, the few moments we were there over tea and corn were really good.
|Bird Sancruary Alongside Pooval Islands|
|Distant View of Poovar Islands|
|Cottages on Shores|
From there we headed straight to our next destination – Kanyakumari. Meanwhile do send in your feedback on the article.