Shanghumukham Beach is an ideal place for those seeking peace and serenity. Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, this place is known for breath-taking sunrises and sunsets; visit to this beach is one of the best things to do in Trivandrum The calm environs and exquisite shoreline here is undoubtedly commendable.
The beach is also considered as the ‘Arattukadavu’ (Seat) of Sri Ananthapadmanabhan. Shamghumukham is also a prime location for the Ganesha Visarjan, where millions of Hindu devotees throng during the Vinayaka Chaturthi.
The best time of the year to visit here is around the Arattu festival. The beach is swarmed with large processions, carrying the deities of Lord Padmanabhawamy, Lord Narasimha and Lord Krishna and led by the former Maharaja of Travancore. The Maharaja is escorted by members of the Royal family, temple authorities, armed guards, police, and officers. The ceremonial bath in this place marks the conclusion of the festival, after which the deities are taken back to their respective temples by the procession.
Preferred due to its isolated location and picturesque landscape, Shanghumukham is the pride of Trivandrum. The famous sculpture of a Mermaid (Jalkanyka) carved by Raja Ravi Varma is an added delight. The sculpture is more than 35m long and is an exemplary piece of art.
Visitors can expect comparatively quite evenings with impeccable sunsets. The breezy shorelines and excellent eating joints make this beach quite popular amongst the tourists. The Indian Coffee house, located across is the vantage point of witnessing beautiful sunset.