The feeling of visiting a new destination is a unique experience which attains new forms every time. Some places could be exactly like love at first sight. You fall head over heels in love with the place. The sudden surge of the adrenaline rush makes you high. There are few other places, which doesn’t cast its spell instantly – but slowly takes over your mind to form lasting impressions. And Thiruvananthapuram is one such place.
Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of God’s own country, didn’t capture my attention in the way I’d imagined. At first, this place seemed to be too weird to me to believe that it is located in the beautiful land of backwaters. Because it gave me no such signs.
The central part of Thiruvananthapuram exhibited all the traits of a typical Metro city in the making. So, I skipped the idea of spending my time here first. I hopped onto Kovalam, to get back and finish off exploring the city in the end.
So, I’d expected little after returning from Kovalam, which had left me besotted by its pristine nature. As I dug a little deeper, I began to fall in love with the city slowly.
Every city undergoes an eventual transition from one decade to another. The rich tradition and history of the city fade slowly to make way for the modern civilisation. And the city wears a new look which rarely sounds like a figment of the past.
But, few cities like Thiruvananthapuram manage to retain the charm of the yesteryear’s and still cope up with the urbanisation wonderfully. And this is what sets these cities apart.