Catch a panoramic view of the city as your fingertips graze passing planes atop St Thomas Mount.
You Can Get The Best Panoramic View Of The City From This Spot & We'll Tell You Exactly Where
What A View!
St Thomas Mount is a tiny hillock just past the Kathipara junction as you’re going towards the airport. It’s known for the St Thomas Mount Shrine that is at the summit, which was apparently visited by the Pope in 1986! It was originally constructed to act as a lighthouse to Portuguese and Armenian ships and has 134 steps leading up to it that are made entirely out of granite.
The shrine is an architectural masterpiece; there’s plenty of intricate figurines, wall paintings that go up to the ceiling, ornamented arches and elaborate inscriptions to marvel at. Getting to the shrine is a 5 minute walk up from the car park below which isn’t as taxing as one would expect. Right above the shrine lies a clearing with plenty of rocks and a big banyan tree and as you get up there, that’s when you catch a glimpse of the breathtaking view. What almost looks like the map screen on a video game, you can see the entire layout of the city and how awesomely green quite a bit of it is. Seeing the horizon on all sides is an amazing feeling and makes for stunning photos. Chances are, you will also see a few planes flying over you as the runway for the airport is just a few hundred meters away!
Going to Saint Thomas Mount for the view is one of those marquee things that everyone who lives here has to do once. If anything it gives you a chance to step back and admire the city from a very different view. We particularly enjoyed going there when we were kids and we’re sure today’s kids will feel the same way too. The planes passing by is especially exciting as you can really feel them fly by. The shrine is also worth checking out as it’s amazing to look at from an architectural standpoint. There’s no camera fee and aside from the nominal parking charges this experience is free! Do note, we recommend coming here post 4pm or pre 8am as it can get pretty hot during the day.