Our final port of call in India was Trivandrum (or Thiruvananthapuram – but most people still call it Trivandrum for obvious reasons). It’s a fairly big city, so we could do some sightseeing including Puthe Maliga Palace and Sri Padmanabhaswamy. Unfortunately we aren’t allowed to take photos in the palace, and we can only get so close to the temple, so no good photos. But I promise we did see some cultural sights in India, even if it was on our last day.
Because we didn’t get to go back to Varkala, instead we did a day trip to Kovalam which is just outside Trivandrum and has a nice beach. It is also pretty developed, so we knew it would be a good place to get Western food. After three weeks of illness, we still haven’t quite made our peace with Indian food. So we had a nice walk on the beach, some penne all arrabiatta and, even better, I find the final book I need to complete my top 100 in a second had book shop. A good day all round. Some locals ask to have their picture taken with me, so we get our own back and get a photo of them with Mr Beet. Yes, those are underpants, not swimming trunks.
A few more photos of Trivandrum are on Mr Beet’s flickr page.