The following information is provided by the organizers of Ram Katha at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

KATHA LOCATION:

RDR Convention Centre, Tc No 16/494-12,Opposite Petrol Pump,

Kochar Rd, Edapazhanji, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695014.

KATHA DATES:

Saturday July 20th, 2019 – Sunday July 28th, 2019.

KATHA TIMINGS:

Saturday, July 20th, 2019 : 4.00 pm onwards
Sunday, July 21st, 2019 to Sunday, July 28th, 2019: 09.30 am to 1.30 pm

TV BROADCAST:

Delayed Live on Aastha.

THIRUVANANTHPURAM :

Thiruvananthapuram, also known by its former name Trivandrum, is the capital of the Indian state of Kerala. It is the most populous city in Kerala. 

The city takes its name from the Malayalam word thiru-anantha-puram, meaning “The City of Lord Ananta”, referring to the deity of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple located in the city. Thiruvananthapuram is also known in the literature, and popular reference as Ananthapuri derived from the Sanskrit word Syanandurapuram, meaning “The City of Bliss” in Carnatic kirtanas composed by Swathi Thirunal, erstwhile Maharaja of Travancore. The city was officially referred to as Trivandrumuntil 1991, (Trivandrum being the anglicised name of the town) when the government decided to reinstate the city’s original name Thiruvananthapuram.

Temple Darshan timings:

Morning hours: 3:30 AM – 4:45 AM (Nirmalya Darshanam), 6:30 AM – 7:00 AM, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM, 11:45 AM – 12 PM.

Evening hours: 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM, 6:45 PM – 7:20 PM.

“There is a strict dress code that needs to be followed while entering the temple. Men need to wear mundu or dhoti (worn around the waist and going down up to the heels) and should not wear shirts of any kind. Women need to wear sari, mundum neriyathum (set-mundu), skirt and blouse, or half sari.

REACHING KATHASTHAL

Here is how to reach Thiruvananthapuram:
By Air – Thiruvananthapuram is served by the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, located at Chakai, only about 6.7 from the city centre. Being one of the gateways to the state, it has direct connectivity to all the major cities in India as well as the Middle East, Malaysia, Singapore, Maldives and Sri Lanka. Taxis are available from the airport to the city.

By Train – Direct trains are available from many cities of India. Thiruvananthapuram is a divisional headquarters in the Southern Railway zone of the Indian Railways. Long-distance trains originate from Thiruvananthapuram Central and Kochuveli railway terminal. Kochuveli railway terminal is developed to ease congestion on central station and it acts as a satellite station to Thiruvananthapuram Central. Thiruvananthapuram Central is the busiest railway station In Kerala. Other railway station in the city are Thiruvananthapuram Pettah, Nemom railway station, Veli railway station and Kazhakoottam railway station. Being the southernmost municipal corporation in India, many longest train services of Indian Railways originate from Thiruvananthapuram like Thiruvananthapuram – Silchar Superfast Express and Kochuveli – Amritsar Weekly Express.

By Road – Thiruvananthapuram is served by National Highway 66 of India’s National Highways system. The city is connected to the North-South Corridor of the National Highway system at Aralvaimozhi, which is 80 km south of the city. The State Highway 1, which commonly known as the Main Central Road is an arterial highway in the city. Other major highways in the city are State Highway 2 and State Highway 45. The Mahatma Gandhi Road is the main arterial road in the city. Another important road is the Kowdiar Road which is also known as the royal road, as it leads to the Kowdiar Palace.

The majority of bus services are conducted by Government operators. There are also private operators. The city buses operated by Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) are an important and reliable means of public transport available in the city. The main bus stations in the city are the Central Bus Station in Thampanoor, where most of the long distance buses ply from, and city bus station in East Fort, where most city buses ply from. Three-wheeled, yellow and black auto-rickshaws and taxis, are other popular forms of public transport. Thiruvananthapuram Light Metro is a fully elevated metro rail – rapid transit system planned to ease the congestion in the city.

ACCOMMODATION:

PREMIUM ROOMS
HYCINTH HOTELS – 3.4 KMS AWAY FROM KATHASTHAL.
Address: NEAR MANORAMA OFFICE, HYCINTH HOTELS, MANORAMA RD, THAMPANOOR, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, KERALA 695001.
TEL: 0471 666 2999

HILTON GARDEN INN TRIVANDRUM – 2.8 KMS AWAY FROM KATHASTHAL.
Address: Punnen Road, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, 695 039, India

DELUXE
Keys Select Hotel, Thiruvananthapuram – 2.6 KMS AWAY FROM KATHASTHAL.
Address: Opposite Fire Brigade, Housing Board Junction, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, 695 001, India

The Residency Tower – 2.9 KMS AWAY FROM KATHASTHAL.
Address: South Gate of Government Secretariat, Press Road, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, 695001, India

Apollo Dimora – 3.5 KMS AWAY FROM KATHASTHAL.
Address: Opposite Railway Station, Thampanoor, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, 695001, India

In case of any further assistance with bookings, please send an email to info@keralaramkatha.com

Please Note: Organisers will not provide any personal rooms for stay. The stay for katha attendees (General accomodation) have been organised in huge mandaps accommodating approx 400 people in each.

If any requirement of personal rooms you can book directly on the above mentions hotels in Tiruvananthapuram.

FOR CAR RENTAL:
Our preferred agent for Car booking on rent is: Integrated Travels & Tours.
Contact Person: Mr. Harish Chandra,
Tel: +91-9447139461.

WEATHER CONDITIONS:

The city has a climate that borders a tropical savanna climate and a tropical monsoon climate. As a result, it does not experience distinct seasons. The mean maximum temperature of 34 °C and the mean minimum temperature is 21 °C. The humidity is high and rises to about 90% during the monsoon season. Thiruvananthapuram is the first city along the path of the south-west monsoons and gets its first showers in early June. The city receives heavy rainfall of around 1827 mm per year. The city also gets rain from the receding north-east monsoons which hit the city by October. The dry season sets in by December. December, January and February are the coldest months while March, April and May are the hottest. The lowest temperature in the city core recorded during winter was 16.4 °C on, and the highest temperature recorded in summer is 38.0 °C.

We recommend you to carry an Umbrella along with yourself.

PLACE OF INTEREST:

Thiruvananthapuram is a major tourist hub in India. Kovalam and Varkala are popular beach towns located near the city. Other important beaches include PoovarShankumugham Beach, Azhimala Beach, Vizhinjam Beach and Veli Beach. The Padmanabhaswamy Temple is one of the richest temples in the world. Other places of interest include Agasthyamala rain forests, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kallar, BraemorePonmudi hills, PoovarAnchuthengu backwaters, Varkala Cliffs and Kappil-Edava lakes. The city is also known for its unique style of architecture involving Kerala Architecture with British and Dravidian influences. Napier museum, Zoo, Padmanabha Swamy temple, Kuthira Malika palace, Kilimanoor palace and The Trivandrum Golf Club heritage building are examples for this.

Thiruvananthapuram is known as the “Evergreen City of India” because of its green landscapes and the presence of many public parks.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Booking Inquiry / General Inquiry – info@keralaramkatha.com