Hotels in Thiruvananthapuram
Thiruvananthapuram offers a fairly wide variety of hotels for travellers, ranging from luxurious 5-star hotels to budget accommodation for the cost-conscious. Low-cost accommodation is available in the many budget hotels that dot the city. Scout around in the Manjalikulam Road area-it is centrally located and offer a wide range of options to choose from.
Paying guest accommodation and hostels are further options for the shoestring traveller. Homestyas can be arranged as well by contacting the KTDC offices in Thiruvananthapuram.
Thiruvananthapuram has its share of luxury hotels, complete with bars, restaurants, business facilities and options for leisure and recreation. If funds are not a problem and you want to splurge, you could consider staying outside Thiruvananthpuram, at the many resorts on the nearby beaches of Kovalam and Varkala.
These resorts are close enough to the capital to allow easy access, yet let beach lovers spend some time lazing in the sun, going swimming or simply being pampered in a luxurious ayurvedic spa.
Have a look at the few of hotels in Thiruvananthapuram in different categories.
Thapovan Heritage Home
Tel: 0471 2480453
18 km south of town with rooms in beautiful gardens or overlooking Nellikunnu beach. Ayurvedic treatments, yoga centre, restaurant.
Housing Board Junction
Opposite the Fire Brigade
Tel: 0471 3944100
Ultra-modern hotel with high-speed Wi-Fi, gym and all mod cons Keys are soon to open a resort in Kovalam and a hotel in Kochi.
Tel: 0471 2331661
Top-quality a/c rooms in a business hotel, with full facilities. Highly efficient, good restaurants, bar, rooftop pool. A bit swish.
Tel: 0471 2330977
Very clean decent- sized rooms, some a/c. Next to railway and bus stand so can be noisy. Restaurant, bar.
Wild Palms Homestay
Tel: 0471 2471175
10 mins' walk from Statue Junction or ask for pickup. Modern welcoming guesthouse set in pretty tropical garden in the leafy suburbs. Spacious rooms, some a/c. Price includes breakfast.
Off MG Road
Tel: 0471 2471987
Renovated business hotel, with smallish but clean rooms and some large, excellent value suites. Excellent rooftop restaurant. Friendly.
Tel: 0471 2321974
Quiet, well-run hotel with wood-panelled walls and cheesy music in foyer. Rooms tend to be on small side. Some a/c rooms have balcony.
Tel: 0471 2333416
Busy hotel with wide variety of clean rooms. Budget rooms good value.
Manjalikulam Tourist Home
Tel: 0471 2330776
Quiet yet central hotel with large, spotlessly clean rooms. Very friendly staff. Good value, recommended.
200m from airport
Tel: 0471 2501050
Very handy for early departures. Decent rooms with bath.
Tel: 0471 2323485
Good-value rooms in quiet hotel. Staff may not be particularly friendly but you can't beat the location: 2 mins' walk from railway and bus station.
Youth Hostel (YHAI)
Veli (10 km from centre)
Tel: 0471 2501230
Rooms and a dorm surrounded by coconut groves, with a pretty lagoon and clean beach. Very cheap vegetarian lunches, boating, water sports, good views.
Tel: 0471 2330789
Large, spotless, well-aired rooms with comfy beds and great city views from its upper floors. A wonderful mural from Guruvayoor is on display in the lobby, and the best "meals" restaurant in the state stands on the ground floor.
Tel: 0471 2339150
Well-scrubbed, respectable cheapie close to the stations. One of the more welcoming and better-value small hotels in this busy enclave, though it is a bit more of a trudge up the lane from Station Road than some.
Near the Secretariat
Tel: 0471 2330059
Neat, smartly furnished rooms at options are enormous and have high ceilings, quite fans, TVs and spacious bathrooms. Amazing value, through you'll probably need to book at least two weeks in advance.
Mascot Hotel (KTDC)
Tel: 0471 2318990
One of the city's five-star, at the north end of the town near the museums, is a state-run hotel, patronized. Opening onto long polished marble corridors lined with hardwood panels, the fancier "executive" and "suite" rooms occupy a wing built to house British officers in World War I; the " standard" one are in a less attractive modern block. There's an open-air pool, bar and a/c restaurant.
Near Cantonment Police Station
Behind the Secretariat
Tel: 0471 2336057
Varikkatt heritage homestay is a real gem. It is run by the friendly Col. K K Kuncheria. It occupies a gorgeous 1830s Indo-Saracenic style bungalow originally built by a lovesick British spinster, Miss Blanket. She followed a tea-planter out to India after the two had met while holidaying in Yorkshire. Romance bloomed, the couple married, and eventually they returned to England.
The house was sold to a prominent lawyer, in whose family it has remained ever since. The three front-side suites retain their original rosewood furniture-and more period atmosphere than the much less appealing rear-side doubles. These suites opening onto a high-ceilinged veranda where you can enjoy a chota peg under the hunting trophies after supper.