Greater Than a Tourist –
50 Travel Tips from a Local
Are you excited about planning your next trip?
Do you want to try something new while traveling?
Would you like some guidance from a local?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this book is
just for you.
Greater Than a Tourist – Trivandrum, India by Mohammed
Manaz offers the inside scope on Trivandrum. Most travel books
tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there's nothing
wrong with that, as a part of the Greater than a Tourist series, this
book will give you travel tips from someone who lives at your
next travel destination.
In these pages you'll discover local advice that will help you
throughout your stay. Greater than a Tourist is a series of travel
books written by locals.
Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know
the people and the culture of a place. By the time you finish this book,
you will be excited and prepared to travel to your next destination.
Trivandrum is the anglicized name of Thiruvananthapuram, the
capital of Kerala, and is renowned for its British architectural
wonders, distinctive South Indian charm, art galleries and popular
beaches. In Trivandrum, life moves at a slow pace as you get to
be in the midst of nature. Places to visit in Trivandrum are many,
and each of these has its own character and significance. The city
is filled with the best of old-world, from architectural wonders to
religious sites. Then there is also a slice of royalty here, as it was
the home of the Travancore royal family for ages before India
became a republic. Not to forget the colonial era museums that
dot the city which give you an insight on the life and culture of
As it is the capital, rest assured, you will find some great food
here. Restaurants of Trivandrum offer different varieties of
cuisines, from Indian to Continental, and of course the much-
admired South Indian cuisine, especially Kerala. The traditional
Kerala cuisine is mostly non-vegetarian, but you can definitely
try some good vegetarian food too. Being a popular tourist
destination, reaching this city from any part of India or the world
is easy and convenient. Trivandrum is well-connected with
several metros and towns of India via flights, trains and buses.
Both the Airport and the Railway station are barely 4 miles from
the city centre.
1. UNDERSTANDING THE GOD'S OWN COUNTRY
"Kerala - One of the 10 paradises of the World” - National Geographic Travel
In order to understand the true essence of Trivandrum, one must
understand Kerala, its mother state. Kerala, meaning “land of
coconut trees”, is one of the relatively well kept secrets of all the
exotic destinations in the world. However, Kerala’s popularity
has increased over recent years. “National Geographic” travel
magazine lists Kerala among the fifty must see locations in the
Not surprisingly, the State Tourism Department promotes
Kerala’s natural beauty, breath-taking lush landscape and tropical
beaches as “God’s own country”. The result has been a
significant influx of tourists and foreign visitors. The Sanskrit
saying “athithi devo bhava” ( treat your guest like God, with
respect and honour) is ingrained in the collective ethos of the
people of Kerala.
2. SAVOUR THE DELICIOUS SEAFOOD THIS CITY OFFERS
Thiruvananthapuram, better known as Trivandrum, is a district of
Kerala, India. Here foodies can find a wide variety of restaurant
choices from typical South Indian cuisine to kebab open kitchens,
elegant luxurious dining and quirky fusion restaurants. Visitors to
the city have the opportunity to indulge the senses in a diversity
of dining styles.
Villa Maya is located in a restored 18th-century Dutch Manor. It
evokes a classic, elegant ambiance offering comfortable lounge
and sitting areas that enhance the fine dining experience. The
menu features an array of local and international dishes from the
countries that used to have a trade connection with Kerala,
namely Morroco and Italy. The wide range of culinary delights
prepared by excellent chefs reveal sophisticated textures and rich
flavors. The restaurant also holds regular special events including
dance and music performances.
Conveniently located in the heart of the city, Curry Chatty has a
special ambiance that will be remembered by all those who visit
the place. With its soft lighting and peaceful music, the restaurant
offers an intimate setting perfect for a romantic dinner.
Read all 50 Tips in the book Greater Than a Tourist- Trivandrum India
available at Amazon.
TOP REASONS TO BOOK THIS TRIP
- Natural beauty: There are few places in the world where
you are so spoilt by natural beauty as in Trivandrum. The
Sea, the hills, the flora and the fauna all come together to
make a perfectly harmonious ecosystem.
- Food: The food scene is authentic, innovative and big on
- Culture: The cultural heritage of Kerala is to be seen first-
hand to be understood. The overwhelming colours and
hues will mystify any outsider.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mohammed Manaz is a web developer based in Trivandrum,
Kerala, where he has been working since the last 3 years. He has
a passion for travel and creative writing. He was born and
brought up in Mangalore, where he did his Master’s in Computer
Applications at the University of Mangalore. He moved to
Bangalore shortly after graduation to grow his career prospects
and lived there for an year. But fate brought him to the God’s
own country, Kerala and its capital city, Trivandrum. He finds
solace in exploring untouched parts of the city. This coastal city
has a lot to offer other than beaches and backwaters.
Although he isn’t local to Trivandrum, he feels at home in this
restive city filled with palm groves. He lives in the outskirts of
the city where a whole new world is getting built up. The Techno
park, where he works, is just 7 miles away from the city centre
and is the hub of Software companies in Kerala. He loves to try
out the various restaurants and cafes that have mushroomed
around the IT park.