Set over a gentle hill in the middle of the city, Kerala's lush jungle is tamed and topioaried in these gorgeous Botanical gardens. Specimen trees, all clearly labelled, litter the area (have you ever seen a canonball tree?) and elaborate tropical flowers burst through the green backdrop in electrifying shades of coral, red and pink. The park is home to plenty of wildlife, including birds, butterflies and bats. Shady spots on the grass, or on benches lining the walkways, provide comfortable places to rest and watch. Locals have been picnicking, canoodling and dozing among the undergrowth since the gardens were opened, back in 1859.
Botanical Gardens, Thiruvananthapuram 695033, Kerala
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