The air travel was a fantastic one. It was not a very tiring journey and in 7 hours I reached Trivandrum, the capital city of Kerala. After checking in at my hotel, I got a quick shower and was ready to begin my excursion in this wonderful state. I had shortlisted many places and beautiful tourist spots for my short travel.
The first place which I visited during my travel to Kerala was the majestic Padmanabhswamy temple. This is one of a kind temple in the entire world. The main attraction of which is the 100 feet tall gopuram or the tower. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Vishnu and devotees from all over the world come to this temple to get blessed by the Lord.
The best part about the temple was the idol of lord Vishnu which can be seen through the three doorways of the shrine. The first and second door shows the torso, head and hands of the Lord while the third door gives a glimpse of the feet of Vishnu. It is a majestic 18 feet tall idol which is reclined on Anantha, the great snake.
This is definitely one of the most glorious Hindu temples I have seen in my life. Being from the state of Odisha, I have seen many temples dedicated to Gods and Goddesses, but a temple of such majesty and beauty was a treat for the eyes. The Royal family of Travancore, which oversees the maintenance of the temple, has done a very good job in crowd management and preserving the beauty of this amazing temple. There is also a festival named Arattu, which happens in the temple and is said to be the biggest attraction of the city.
The food was also very delicious and gave the taste of Southern delicacies. It is very easy to reach the temple. It is well connected with all the major parts of the city and can be reached by railways, roadways buses or private taxis.
After this visit, I headed for the next place. It was the southern backwaters houseboats of Kollam.