East Fort or Kizhakkekotta is in the heart of the city Trivandrum. The world’s richest temple Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, the famous Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, the historical Chalai bazaar all reside here. You will get buses to all parts of Trivandrum from here such as for the world famous Attukal temple, the popular Vettukad Church and Beemapally Mosque and for the famous beaches such as Kovalam, Shangumugham, Veli and Varkala beach.
Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple is the richest temple in the world and is well known for the treasure found here. The temple is the Guinness world record holder for the world’s richest temple. The temple is situated inside the fort and is accessible from four gateways East, West, North and South Gate. The temple is surrounded by many palaces such as Kuthiramalika, Ananthavilasom, Krishnavilasom and more. For more information visit Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram, the richest temple in the world
Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple at East Fort or Kizhakkekotta
Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple is just 600m away from Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. As Ganapathy is the first god to be worshipped according to the Hindu mythology many of them prefer visiting this temple before visiting the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Many Trivandrum natives start their day worshipping the Lord Ganesha. The temple has other deities which include Durga, Nagaraja and Dharmasastha. Coconut is the main offering for the Lord Ganesha. Men are not allowed wearing shirts inside the temple.
Dress code for men: Pants & Dhoti (No modern dresses allowed). For entering the inner section dhoti is a must for men.
Dress code for ladies: Sarees, Churidar and other traditional dresses. (No modern dresses allowed)
Temple Timings: 4:30 AM to 10:45AM, 5:00PM to 8:30PM (IST)
Vettimurichan kotta at East Fort
Vettimurichan kotta is built by demolishing one side of the East Fort wall for making an entry into the fort to King Vishakam Thirunal. The decision was made once suggested by an astrologer that the entry into the fort from the main entrance will not be good for the king.
Chalai Bazaar at East Fort
Chalai Bazaar is a historic place which is more than 100 years old. The bazaar will make you feel a similarity with Mittayitheruvu, the biggest bazaar of Kozhikode, Chalai Bazaar is also the busiest street in Kerala. You can buy each and everything from Chalai bazaar and the prices too, the cheapest in the city. Most of the shops are closed on Sundays Evening times are crowded. The best time to visit here is from 10 AM to 3 PM on weekdays.
Gandhi Park at East Fort
Gandhi Park is situated in between the Chalai bazaar and the East Fort entrance. Small events can be held at the stage of the Gandhi Park ie., in front of the Gandhi statue. It is mainly the hub of the men senior citizens The major drawback is you will not find this park to be calm as this park is situated in the middle of the East Fort Junction.
Putharikandam Maidanam at East Fort
Putharikandam Maidanam hosts various events such as Onam fair, cultural events, party meetings and more. The ground is once a rice field that’s how the name comes. Putharikandam means ‘New Rice Field’ in Malayalam language. E.K Nayanar park is there by the side of the ground.
Theatres at East Fort or Kizhakkekotta
Sri Padmanabha and Ajanta are the theatres located in East Fort. Sri Padmanabha theatre complex now has two theatres, a small Devi Priya theatre and a big Padmanabha Theatre. Sri Padmanabha Theatre complex is adjacent to the Chalai entry point. Ajantha Theatre is a 70 mm screen theatre that is situated in between the Pazhavangadi and the Powerhouse road.
Famous Shops at East Fort or Kizhakkekotta
The famous shops available in East Fort include Ramachandran Textiles, Kalyan Sarees, Jos Alukkas, Alapatt, Chemmanur, Kollam Supreme 1 gram jewellery, Josco jewellery, Malabar Gold, Big Bazaar etc.
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