The name Thiruvananthapuram' means the 'abode of Anantha' - referring to the sacred snake god on whom Lord Vishnu reclines. The British found the name too much of a mouthful and anglicised it to Trivandrum'. The capital of Kerala, this unpretentious city is clean, green and has a leisurely feel to it. The Padmanabha Swamy Temple that holds the deity of the royal family of Travancore is an important landmark. This city was built on seven low hills, a similarity it famously shares with Rome. It has an interesting mix of commercial streets, tree-lined avenues, historical and modern buildings, ancestral homes and a long coastline washed by the Arabian Sea. There are no large industries, but Thiruvananthapuram does have its share of professionals and businessmen, and with the advent of the IT industry, a rising population of 'techies'. However, the Secretariat and the government offices still form the backbone of the town.

Basic information

Established 1 Nov 1956
Area 5105.22sq kms
Population 889,191
Language Malayalam
Temperature 20 – 28 Degree Celsius
STD Code 0471
Best time to visit October to February

Places to Visit

Aakulam Tourist Complex, Agasthayarkoodam, Anjengo Fort, Ammachiplavu, Ananthapuri, Beemapalli, Kanyakumari, Kerala State Science and Technology Museum, Kovalam Beach, Maruthwamala, Napier Museum, Neyyar, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Priyadarshini Planetarium, Puthen Malika, Shankhumugham Beach, Sree Chithra Art Gallery, Sree Chithra Enclave, Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Sucheendram temple, The Zoo and Museum Complex, Thriparappu waterfalls, Varkala, Vattakkotta, Veli, Vivekanandappara, Vyloppilly Sanskrithi Bhavan,

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