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Introduction

Thiruvananthapuram which was previously called Trivandrum and still is popular with the name of Trivandrum, is the capital of the state of Kerala. Thiruvananthapuram is an ancient city with the proof of trading dating back to 1000 BC. Thiruvananthapuram became the capital of Raja of erstwhile state of Travancore in 1750. The name was derived from 'Tiru Ananta Puram', which is the abode of the Sacred serpent Ananta. Basically, Thiruvananthapuram is a peaceful and an attractive city built on the low hills just by the sea. Away from the industraial areas and the busy Mahatma Gandhi (MG) road, Thiruvananthapuram still retains some of the ambience and characteristics of the erstwhile Kerala such as the red tiled roofs, narrow and winding bylanes, intimate corner cafes.

Area 141.74 sq km
Altitude 5 metres above sea level
Temperature Summer-26.0 C-36.0 C Winter-15.0 C-32.0C
Language Tamil, Malayalam and English
STD Code 0471
Rainfall 1700mm average yearly
Best Time to Visit September to March

Trivendrum(Thiruvananthapuram) MapOther cities map


How to get there

  1. Air :- Trivandrum Airport (International) is linked by flights to Cochin, Madras, Delhi, Goa and Bombay. International flights operate to and from Colombo, Mali, Dubai, Abudhabi and Kuwait.
  2. Rail:-Thiruvananthapuram's main railway station is the Central station located at 'Thampanoor'. It is a major railway junction of the Southern Railway. There are excellent Mail and Express train services operating to almost all major centres of the country.
  3. Road:-well connected to all towns & cities.

Places to Visit

Shree Padhmanabhaswamy temple Kovalam
Kanakakunnu Palace Kanakakunnu Palace

Excursion

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Peppara Sanctuary Napier Museum Crocodile Bank

Shopping

Kerala first came to the attention of foreigners thousands of years back for their spices; quality tea and coffee are also popular souvenirs. The best buys from Trivandrum are Kerala's vast traditional handicrafts such as wood carvings, copperware, cane and bamboo furniture and crafts, lacquer ware etc. The main shopping centres in Thiruvananthapuram are M. G. Road, Chalai, Power House Road, Attukal Shopping Complex (East Fort), Narmada Shopping Complex(Kaudiar), Saphalya (Palayam) and Kedaram (Kesavadasapuram) . Most of the gifts and handicrafts emporia are located along M. G. Road.

Accommodation

Hotel Lucia Continental ITC Park Sheraton Le Royal Meridien The Park Taj Coromandel
Trident Hilton Taj Connemara Hotel Savera Ambassador Pallava Benz Park Tulip
Crystal Inn Ambica Empire Pleasant Days Quality in Sabri Radha Park Inn
Dee Cee Manor