Welcome to Thiruvananthapuram
Dating back to the 1st Century BCE, from its time as a trading post for spices, sandalwood and ivory to its current status as the gateway to the emerald state of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram has always warmed the cockles of every traveller seeking God’s own country. With its reputation as the erstwhile capital of the Travancore kingdom, being a seat of spirituality with the Padmanabhaswamy temple and a centre for the millennial era housing the largest IT park in Asia, the city is an enigmatic blend. It offers travelers a winning mix of hill stations, back waters, beaches and wild life sanctuaries, which in many ways typifies what Kerala is all about. Steeped in cultural traditions, Thiruvananthapuram’s Malayalam name is Thiru-Anantha-Puram, which translates to ‘the City of Lord Ananta’, in tribute to the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple that calls the city home. Through its history, Thiruvananthapuram has been under the dominion of a string of Hindu rulers including the Ays and the kings of Venad.
However, modern Thiruvananthapuram owes its founding to Maharaja Marthanda Varma, who reigned as regent of Travancore from 1729 to 1758 and is responsible for the renovation of Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple whilst establishing Thiruvananthapuram as the capital of the district. Since the 18 th Century, Thiruvananthapuram has fast developed as a center for intellectual and artistic development with a College of Fine Arts also being built in the late 19 th Century, cementing both Thiruvananthapuram and Kerala as one of the most enlightened states in the country.
Today, with an international airport and five railway stations, Thiruvananthapuram provides convenient links to not only other cities nationally and internationally, but also enables direct connectivity to other parts of Kerala.
Blessed with an abundance of natural wonders including the beach capitals of Kovalam and Varkala, crystal clear backwaters of Poovar and Anchutengu or be it the virgin trekking trails, sanctuaries and tea gardens of Ponmudi, Agastya biosphere and the verdant western ghats, Thiruvananthapuram does ample and steady justice to being the capital city of Kerala, a land blessed by the Gods themselves.