A legendary port which is said to have traded with the ships of King Solomon, Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum as it is known is the capital of Kerala. It is a modern city that retains its old world charms in the quaint by lanes adorned by houses in Kerala styled architecture. It houses one possibly one of the richest temples in India, one of the better zoos in India and some brilliant museums celebrating the art, history and culture of the erstwhile Kingdom of Travancore. However, for something totally different, we recommend walking the lanes of the Chalai Bazaar, which still retains the old world charms of the orient. Most of the tourist today, throng to the beaches of Kovalam where you can surf up the waves or lie along the beach doing nothing. Some of the best things to do in Trivandrum are not found on the guide books and can only be experienced by sauntering around this old world city. Mind the crazy traffic though. We recommend at least a day in Trivandrum apart from your time in Kovalam.