the city of the snake god , is the capital of Kerala State and is situated
at the southern tip of India. The city is a blend of modern and
traditional architecture. Named after the fabled Serpent God 'Anantha' on
whom Sri Anantha Padmanabhan (Lord Vishnu) reclines, the city is built on
seven hills. Caressed by the Arabian Sea at the west, Thiruvananthapuram
is a popular transit destination for Indians and foreigners alike.
Thiruvananthapuram is an ancient city that had
trading links with the other parts of the world. Sri Padmanabhaswamy
temple, a landmark of Thiruvananthapuram, is 2000 years old. King
Marthandavarma, the erstwhile founder of Travancore made
Thiruvananthapuram his capital. After Marthandavarma, it remained the
capital of Travancore and after independence, became the capital of State
of Travancore-Cochin. In 1956, when the state of Kerala was formed,
Thiruvananthapuram was again chosen as the capital of Kerala.
Sri Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Temple: The ancient temple is the most
dominating feature of Thiruvananthapuram. Overlooking the Padma Theertham
Tank. The temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu who is depicted reclining on
Sri Anantha, the hooded snake from which the city derives its name.
Exquisite stone carvings and pavilions are worth admiring. The temple is
open only to Hindus and dress regulations are strictly
Vettukad Church: (7 kms from Thiruvananthapuram) The 'Madre De
Deus' Church popularly known as the Vettukad Church attracts thousands of
devotees from all religions. The annual celebration here is called the
'Feast Of Christ, The King'.
Sankhumugham Beach: The long stretch of clean sand is located near
the airport. The water there, however, is suitable for bathing.
Kovalam Beach: Kovalam beach is only 16 km. away from the city.
This unique and uncluttered beach of silvery sands fringed with rows of
tall palms, a sheltered bay provides a wide choice of water
Veli Tourist Village: A large recreational centre located near the
airport along a sheltered lagoon offers landscaped gardens and
water-sports facilities. It is a popular picnic spot. Accommodation
facilities are available in the youth hostel.
16 km. It is both a pilgrim centre and a picnic spot, with a waterfall
nearby. On the banks of the Karamana River, the spot houses a temple,
where a rock cut shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagvathy, the divine
embodiment of female power. A stream with fishes, which come up to be fed
by visitors, is another attraction.
Beema Palli: (5 kms south of Thiruvananthapuram) An important
Muslim pilgrim centre, it is dedicated to Beema Beevi, a pious Muslim lady
believed to have possessed divine powers. Devotees of all faiths visit the
CITY OF HOLY SERPENT
Thiruvananthapuram, formerly known as Trivandrum is gateway to one of the
most beautiful Indian states, Kerala.
Stretching along the southern coast of the country, with the Backwaters
reaching deep into the verdant countryside, Kerala affords a fascinating
experience. The city of the Thousand - headed Anatha, the holy serpent on
which Lord Vishnu reclines.
Thiruvananthapuram is one of the most beautiful cities of India. Perched
on undulating terrain of low coastal hills near the southern edge of the
Indian mainland, clean and green Thiruvananthapuram, which was previously
called Trivandrum, is an ancient city with trading tradition dateing back
to 1000 BC.
The city once formed a part of the capital of Travancore, which had its
capital at Padmanabhapuram, now in Tamilnadu.The city is also a welcome
departure from other large cities of India in its spacious layout and
It is also an excellent base to explore the interiors of Kerala, the
southernmost region of India, and from Kochi, the Lakshadweep Islands. The
city offers all modern facilities needed by a visitor and is a centre for
it's a fishing port, which is also important for an ongoing pioneer
project to generate electricity from wave energy.
Public Park: Truly a representative of the clean and verdant aspect
of the city, the Public Park houses many important institutions, like the
Zoo and the Botanical Gardens. The observatory on the Observatory hill is
also located in the Public Park.