About Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kerala capital

About Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum City)

Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of Kerala. Thiruvananthapuram was known as Trivandrum till 1991. The Kerala government in 1991 officially reinstated its original name - Thiruvananthapuram. Located at the southwestern tip of India, Thiruvananthapuram district is bounded by the Arabian Sea on the west and Tamil Nadu on the east. With its 78 km coastline, internationally renowned beaches, historic monuments, backwater stretches and a rich cultural heritage, Thiruvananthapuram district is a much sought after tourist destination in Kerala.

Basic information about Trivandrum City & Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Trivandrum district head quarters Thiruvananthapuram
Area 2192 sq km
Major Religions Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhism, Jainism
Population Density 1476 persons/sq km
Literacy 89.28%
Came into existence July 1, 1949
Main Tourist Centers Kovalam, Neyyar Dam, Varkala
Altitude 35m above sea level
Thiruvananthapuram Telephone Code +91 - 471

"Abode of Lord Ananta" is what Thiruvananthapuram means in Sanskrit. Ananta is the cosmic serpent, with a thousand heads, on whom the Hindu God Vishnu reclines. The Sri Padmanabhaswami Temple devoted to lord Vishnu or Padmanabha is an iconic landmark of Thiruvananthapuram city.

Tourist Destinations in Thiruvananthapuram

Kovalam: Kovalam is the most famous beach of Kerala. Kovalam is also one of the best beaches in India and is attracting travelers from all over the world. This natural bay is a safe sea-pool free from high waves and surges - ideal for swimming and surfing. Kovalam is an internationally known holiday destination. Kovalam is also famous for its ayurvedic and naturopathic treatment centers. Kovalam is 18 km from Trivandrum city.

Neyyar Dam: The picturesque location of the dam and the lake in the midst of the mountains and a mini wild life protection area has made Neyyar a popular tourist destination. Boating along the reservoir, lake garden, crocodile farm and safari park makes Neyyar different from other tourist spots in Kerala. Neyyar is 29 km from Thiruvananthapuram.

Varkala: Janarddhana Swami Temple is a famous pilgrim center. Sivigiri, the Samadhi Sri Narayana Guru is also near Varkala. It is also famous for its beach and natural therapy center.

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) City: Shankmukham beach, Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple, Sri Chithra Art gallery - an exclusive art gallery for Raja Ravi Verma paintings, Planetarium, Zoo etc are the most important places of tourist interest with in Thiruvananthapuram City. Apart from these, there are several Palaces and Museums showcasing the culture and heritage of this beautiful city.

Other major places of tourism interest in Thiruvananthapuram are Ponmudi, Veli, Anchuthengu Fort, Botanical and Zoological Gardens etc...

Transportation
Air The Trivandrum International Airport, just 6 km from the city operates domestic and international flights. Thiruvananthapuram is well connected through air links with all major cities of India and neighboring countries.
Rail There are direct trains from Thiruvananthapuram to all the main towns in Kerala as well as the major cities in India.
Road Thiruvananthapuram is well connected with all the other cities in Kerala.

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Kerala Basic information

Kerala Basic information
Area38,863 sq. km
CapitalTrivandrum
LanguageMalayalam
Districts14
Population3,33,87,677
Males16,021,290
Female17,366,387
Density 859 per sq. km
Literacy90.9%
EconomyAgricultural
Rivers44

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