As soon as I stepped out of the Trivandrum International airport the calm environment of the place gave me goosebumps of tranquillity. My hotel was pre booked and they did the honour to send me a pick up car from the Airport.
Being a tourist oriented place the hotels in Kovalam are perfectly groomed to suit people from every country and states. The next day, I with my driver started out early in the morning to cover as many spots as possible in a day.
Lighthouse beach in Kovalam took my breath away. Scenery from my imagination was brought to life in God’s own country’. The vastness of beauty was detailed in the most perfect sense. The glimmering sands, swaying palm trees dancing to the rhythm of cool breeze. The blue marine water and the sky made an eye soothing horizon that made a life time glance for me. I took out the flip flops and walked bare footed. The water soaked sand underneath my feet gave me a foot massage worth a million.
Our next destination was aimed at Padmanabhapura Palace. The marble designs and architecture of the monument was a speechless event for me. The more I explored the secret courtyards of the palace, the more I got curious and enthralled. A history of more than few centuries was echoing in the walls. My jaws dropped when a huge door was pushed open and we were guided to a massive dining hall that could accommodate more than 1000 people. Standing at one end of the room the other end was literally invisible. The floor was made with burnt coconut, sand and charcoal. It had 180 rooms.
We reached Napier Art Museum and gallery located in kanaka Nagar, Thiruvananthapuram within an hour via NH47 bypass road. The museum has some of the world’s best ivory carvings and traditional jewelleries and ornaments. The zoological garden on the other side is the nation’s oldest. Also the resplendent works from the era of Mughal and Rajput at Shri Chitra art gallery was worth a watch.
After this visit we headed to the much awaited destination, Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple. This place is a pilgrimage spot for lord Vishnu devotees for it is one of the 108 abodes of Lord Vishnu. The frequent strokes at the temple bells and the smell of incense sticks rippled serenity in the atmosphere. Before moving out, I dipped my hands in the small water body near the temple that made the place more enchanting and heavenly.
We enrouted to the all-time favourite tourist spot,Shanghumukham beach. It’s enthralling nature is like a harmony to the eyes. We rested here to witness the sunset and then we returned to the hotel at day break. Kovalam has every magnificence of scenic beauty to satisfy an unrestful traveler.