Thiruvananathapuram is known as the “Evergreen City” of India, coined by India’s pride and joy – Mahatma Gandhi.
I did not spend all my days confined to the Medical College, Pattom Road, or East Fort. I went far and wide beyond the Evergreen City to find myself at India’s best beaches. I cannot say they are the hottest beaches because 1) no ladies in skimpy bikinis, 2) no hot guys with washboard abs to flaunt, and 3) no aquamarine blue waters like the island of Capri or the Caribbean. But water is my main element according to Chinese divination, so I found myself at complete ease and happiness when I visited India’s finest seaside spots.
Nevertheless, South India showcases some of nature’s finest works and beautiful beaches… Let’s say I had a delightful taste of paradise as a preview of the doctor’s life to come =) Gourmet meals, cocktails, and smoothies on the seaside, overlooking the crashing waves and feeling the gentle breeze. Truly a tropical dream that’s morphed into reality.
Kovalem Beach, a very popular tourist attraction and close to Trivandrum City. I loved it here so much that I came here twice. This area is actually divided into three beaches: Kovalem, Hawah, and Lighthouse Beach. The shoreline is lined with resorts and restaurants. Long promenades on the beach never felt more magical and comforting!!!
Another famous and breathtaking beach. Towering, red cliffs overlook the grand Indian Ocean. Rocky, misty, and breezy. You walk on the cliffs overlooking the crashing seas below. Sit back in a lounge chair, read a thriller novel, sip on a chill cocktail, and float into your dreams. Let the gentle winds brush against your face. Let the pounding waters below tickle your ears. Let your senses go. Close your eyes and fall into the clouds.
Veli Lake, is right next door to Trivandrum (literally, 8 km out west), a simple tourist town along the seas. The entire time there, we did not realize how close Veli Lake was. We only went there the last weekend before hitting back home. Honestly, it is nothing compared to the scenery at Kovalem and Varkala. Veli Lake is more a village town with a statuesque green park, lake, bridge, and beach. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED!!! There are some naughty pieces of artwork that can be taken deep into the gutter.