About Thiruvananthapuram, India
Thiruvananthapuram is the Kerala capital also known as Trivandrum. More than 957,730 residents inhabit its total area of 82.96 square miles. Art galleries and its British colonial architecture distinguish the city from many others in this part of the world. The tertiary sector is the basis for the city’s main economy and 80% of the state’s software exports come from Thiruvananthapuram.
Popular Destinations in Thiruvananthapuram
Looking for activities once your private jet arrives in Thiruvananthapuram? Thiruvananthapuram is home to a large number of tourist attractions. Some of the most popular ones include:
Napier Museum: An eclectic display of ivory carvings, temple carts, Buddhist sculptures, and bronzes are featured in this Robert Chisholm designed, wooden building from 1880. Chisholm was a British architect who blatantly expressed his passion for local craft. His Fair Isle-style version of the Keralan vernacular was one example. In its own right, the stunning carnival-esque interior is well worth traveling to see this attraction.
Indian Coffee House: At first glance, visitors may not be sure if they are visiting a pigeon coop or a lighthouse. This crazy red-brick tower serves up snacks and strong coffee and is one branch of the authentic Indian Coffee House. Hard-working waiters serve patrons within this spiraling interior at tables and benches made from concrete.
Museum of History and Heritage: After a break at the coffee house it is time to visit another museum. The Museum of History and Heritage is housed within the Kerala Tourism Complex. It contains interactive audiovisual presentations and superb static displays tracing Keralan culture and history through beautiful exhibits. Traditional Keralan home recreations, floor paintings (Dhulichitra), murals, and everything from terra-cotta sculptures to bronze to iron age implements rounds out the exhibits featured within.
Kuthira Malika (or Puthen Malika) Palace: The Travancore royal family (18th to the 20th-century)owned the collections displayed here. The site is impressively adorned with expertly carved horses.
Zoological Gardens: The animals observed in Trivandrum’s Zoological gardens are what inspired the animals seen in Yann Martel’s Life of Pi. Spacious enclosures housing hippos, macaques, and tigers thrill patrons, while shaded, winding paths make their way through native forests and lakes.
Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple: Located in the Fort area, this 260-year-old temple is the spiritual heart of Thiruvananthapuram. The Gateway Tower is the structure’s seven tier eastern gopuram and stands over 30 m tall. Only Hindus are allowed in the inner sanctum, where a reclining Padmanabha lies atop the sacred serpent. More than 10,000 sacred stones, reportedly transported to the area by elephant from Nepal, were used in the Temple’s construction. For an exceptional view of the gopuram, go to the right of the gate and look for the path.
Villa Maya: Patrons don’t simply dine at this restaurant, they experience it. Dining options at the Villa Maya are plentiful. Opt to sit in either the tranquil courtyard garden or the magnificent Dutch mansion, circa 18th century. Trickling fountains and lily ponds lull visitors into relaxation in the courtyard garden, while the Dutch mansion is decorated for royalty.
The cuisine is decidedly Keralan and is beautifully presented, delicately spiced, and expertly crafted. Tantalizing vegetable dishes are available but the specialty here is seafood. A recommended dish is the stuffed crab with lobster butter. Calzones, pizzas, sandwiches and other snacks are available between lunch and dinner.
Luxury Lodging in Thiruvananthapuram
Seeking luxury accommodations once your private jet has arrived in Thiruvananthapuram? Thiruvananthapuram is home to a large number of high quality lodging facilities that can accommodate the needs of the well-heeled. Some examples of these include:
- HYCINTH By SPARSA
- Mascot Hotel (KTDC)
- Niraamaya Retreats Surya
- The Leela Kovalam Beach
- Turtle on The Beach
- Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel & SP
- Vivanta by Taj – Kovalam
Airports In or Nearby Thiruvanathapuram For Private Jets
Looking for a private jet charter to Thiruvanathapuram, India? The city itself and the surrounding regions of Thiruvanathapuram has a handful of airports for you to choose from, including:
- Trivandrum International Airport (TRV): This is the first airport in the state of Kerala. It is a primary center for Air India Express and is also a focus city for Jet Airways. The airport sits at an altitude of 13 feet above sea level, and has a single asphalt runway measuring 11,155 feet in length. The airport is designated in the 14/32 direction.
- Cochin International Airport (COK): Cochin International Airport is an international airport situated in the state of Kerala, close to the city of Kochi. The airport is located around 45 miles away from Thiruvananthapuram. The airport sits at an altitude of 30 feet above sea level, and has a single asphalt runway measuring 11,200 feet above sea level. The runway is designated in the 27/09 direction. Cochin International Airport also has a 63-foot asphalt Helipad designated H1. The airport has an average passenger turnover of around 8 million passengers a year.
- Madurai Airport (IXM): This airport is located 150 miles from Thiruvananthapuram. The airport sits at an altitude of 2024 feet above sea level and has two concrete runways measuring 12,100 feet and 13,900 feet, designated in the 09L/27Rand 09R/27L directions respectively. The airport is busy, and serves over 11 million passengers every year. It also has an annual aircraft movement turnover of more than 100,000, and an annual cargo tonnage of more than 100,000.
- Calicut International Airport (CCJ): Located 200 miles away from Thiruvananthapuram, this is the primary airport serving the Calicut region. It sits at an altitude of 82 feet above sea level. The airport has one asphalt and runway, measuring 7,500 feet in length. The airport serves more than 3.9 million passengers annually, and has over 6,000 aircraft movements annually. Chartered aircraft and private jets can access the airport together with services such as hangar rental, fuel and maintenance when arranged in advance. The recently extended runway enables the airport to accommodate much larger aircraft.
- Coimbatore International Airport (CJB): This is an airport that is located around 170 miles from Thiruvananthapuram. It is spread over an area of 30 acres, making it a relatively small airport. It has a single runway 4800 feet long, designated in the 12/30 direction. Standing at an elevation of 834 feet above sea level, the airport primarily serves commercial traffic from Air India Regional. It’s commonly used as a hub for private air traffic as well.
- Tuticorin Airport (TCR): Tuticorin Airport is located around 100 miles away from Thiruvananthapuram. It has one asphalt runway measuring 10,500 feet in length, designated in the 09/27 direction. The airport stands at an elevation of 1700 feet above sea level and has a single terminal. Currently, there are few commercial air services to the airport, and is now mostly used by chartered aircraft or for military training.
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