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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) - The capital


Though the former name Trivandrum is easier on the tongue, Thiruvananthapuram - the present official name is closer to it's mythological origins. The word ' Thiru Ananthapuram' means the city of Anantha or the abode of the sacred thousand headed serpent Anantha, who forms the couch on which reclines Lord Vishnu, the preserver in the Hindu trinity. Built on seven hills, it was the capital of the Venad chieftains. The city has grown as a tourist and commercial centre, with the International airport becoming the main gateway into Kerala. Being the state capital, it also throbs with political activity.  


Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple - Dedicated to  Padmanabha or Lord Vishnu, it is  according to legend, was built in stages , to house an idol discovered in the forest by a devotee.  

The Government Art Museum, in the heart of the city, houses the Sri Chitra Art Gallery as well as the Zoological gardens. Located on a hill opposite the Kanakunnu Palace, is the Government Observatory. Adjacent to the airport, the Shanghumugham Beach, is a popular spot for local tourists. It has a roller skating rink, and other recreational facilities. 

Veli Tourist Village(11km) and Akkulam Lakeside Boat Club are other popular recreational centres for the locals. For shopping, try the SMSM Institute, the handicrafts emporium of the Handicrafts Development Corporation of Kerala. The Padmanabhapuram Palace , the seat of the Travancore rulers, is 55km away in the state of Tamil Nadu. 

Kovalam, the world renowned beach, is about 16km away. There are several hotels and restaurants including the five-star Kovalam Ashok Beach resort. 


City Area - 74 sqkm 
Climate - Warm tropical 
Temperature -  
Summer Mean-Max - 36.2 degC 
Mean Min - 18.0 C 
Rainfall (May to November) - 170cm 
Tourist Season - September to may 

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Being the state capital, it is well connected by air, road and rail.  


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