Medical Traveller’s Guide to Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram Central railway stationThiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum (earlier name) is the capital of the state of Kerala in South India. It has a population of around 2.5 million.

The city has become a major attraction for international patients especially from Mali, Maldives and Middle East. There are also many hospitals providing Ayurveda medical treatments and wellness resorts here.

Some of the best hospitals in Thiruvananthapuram are

KIMS Hospital

KIMS Cancer Center

History of Thiruvananthapuram

Padmanabhaswamy Temple.Thiruvananthapuram.

Thiruvananthapuram has a very long history and has been a trading center since 1000 years before common era(1000 BCE). The city was then a trading post for spices, ivory and sandalwood. King Marthanda Varma made  Thiruvananthapuram  the capital of the region in 1745. It has historically been a cultural hub with keen interest in arts and architecture. One can see the influence of British colonial architecture in many of the old buildings in the city.

Currently, the city is a major IT hub in the country and accounts for more than 60% of the software exports from Kerala.  The Technopark, Trivandrum  is the one of the largest Information Technology parks in Asia and has about 10 million square feet of built up area. As with other parts in Kerala, tourism is also a very popular industry here.

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram

Boat race in Aranmula near Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvanthapuram is a major tourist center with attractions ranging from Padmanabha Swamy temple, internationally acclaimed beaches of Kovalam and Varkala, the backwaters of Poova to the hill stations of Ponmudi.

Kuthiramalika palace is a beautiful two storeyed palace near the Padmanabha Swamy temple and houses numerous traditional artefacts. Padmanabha Swamy temple is the richest temple in the world.

An equatorial rocket launching station in Thumba and a natural deepwater motherport in Vizhinjam are also in the city.

Kanyakumari , a popular tourist destination and is the southern most tip of India, is about 3 hours drive from Trivandrum.  The Aranmula boat race, one of the oldest and most famous boat races in Kerala, held in Aranmula is about 2 hours drive from the city.

Living in Thiruvananthapuram

Peaceful scene of Kanyakumari, Thiruvananthapuram

Malayalam is the local language in Thiruvanthapuram, however most people also understand English. Thiruvanthapuram airport has many daily direct flights to the Middle East/Gulf countries, Singapore, Malaysia and Srilanka. Rail and Road networks connect the city to all other parts in India.

Average hotel rate would be around 20 USD for 3 star hotels and around 150 USD for 5 star hotels. Local cuisine is typical Kerala style with lot of spices and coconut in it.