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Ganesh kadasoor

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5 reviewsPosted 2 years ago

City of peace and tranquillity- Thiruvananthapuram

I have been visiting this city from past 10 years. Despite of economic growth the city of Trivandrum has retained its greenery sanctity and spirituality. People are still believable helpful true spirit of gods own Country. The southern most capital city still maintaining its greenery and cleanliness despite lot of IT companies making their second home leaving behind the crowded polluted jam packed roads of Chennai Hyderabad and Bangalore.

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Diwakar shrotri

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9 reviewsPosted 9 months ago

Tiruanantpuram visit

We both are seniors and visited the city of Trivandrum on first week of March 2017
. Our visit was very good and we don't face any problem. We stay at Hotel Horizon which was booked through booking. Com. Hotel was very impressive and only 5 minutes walking distance from central railway station.
We visited Shree Padbhnam Swami temple. Then next morning we went to see zoo and art gallery, where the original painting of great Raja Ravi varma is displayed. All the art galleries are well maintained.
Overall our tour was very good

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Trivandrum(Thiruvananthapuram) Overview

History of Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum is the capital of Kerala and also the third largest city. Located in the south-western tip of peninsular India, Thiruvananthapuram is bordered by Arabian Sea in the west and Western Ghats in the east. Thiruvananthapuram city, situated at an average elevation of 6 meters above sea level, is the administrative headquarters of Thiruvananthapuram District. Located on the banks of Karamana and Kili Rivers, it is categorised under Seismic Zone III by the Geological Survey of India. History of Thiruvananthapuram Thiruvananthapuram got its name from the deity Lord Anantha or Shesha of Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple of 7th AD, in which Lord Padmanabhaswamy (Vishnu) is seen to be in a reclining pose. As per historical records, Thiruvananthapuram was a famous port city during 1050 BC and it maintained trade relations with the Middle East and Mediterranean countries.

The earliest known rulers of the region were the Tamil Kings called Yadavas or Ays, who ruled from 3 AD to 10 AD. Later, it came under the Venad Empire. The region prospered in 1745 under King Marthanda Varma, who formed the princely state of Travancore and made Thiruvananthapuram its capital. Thiruvananthapuram was submitted to Lord Padmanabhaswamy, the presiding deity of Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and the Rajas of Travancore thence ruled the region on behalf of Lord Padmanabhaswamy as Padmanabhadasas.

People and Culture of Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram rose to become the centre of arts, culture and intellect in the 19th century during the rule of Maharaja Swathi Thirunal (1813 - 1846) and Maharaja Ayilyam Thirunal (1832 - 1880) of Travancore. It played an active role in the struggle for Indian Independence. Post-Independence, it merged with the Indian Union. The city became the capital of the state of Kerala in 1956. The economy of the city is driven by IT, medical/biotechnology and medical tourism. Malayalam, Tamil, English and Hindi are the main languages spoken in this region. The major events in the city are Onam, Attukal Pongala, Aaraat of Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Vishu, Vettucaud Perunnal, etc. Attukal Pongala is an annual festival which, is held at the Attukal Temple in Thiruvananthapuram every year. The festival is held for 10 days with the ninth day being the most important. It marks the largest gathering of women in the world, for which it holds a Guinness World Record, where boiled rice is offered to the goddess in earthen pots. The presiding deity of the Attukal Temple is Attukal Bhagavathy who is an incarnation of Shakti and the temple is often considered to be the Sabarimala of women. Another major tourist attraction in Thiruvananthapuram is the Kadammanitta Padayani Festival. The performances are a must-see for all tourists visiting Thiruvananthapuram in April.

Things to Do in Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram also has historic monuments, backwaters, beaches and wildlife sanctuaries. Tourists visiting the city can also plan excursions to Thirparappu Waterfalls, Thiruvattar, Padmanabhapuram, Courtallam, Sabarimala, Thekkady, etc. Activities like river rafting, canoeing and trekking can be done. Thiruvananthapuram holiday packages too have a lot to offer to tourists. The best time to visit Thiruvananthapuram is between October and February.

Accommodation in Thiruvananthapuram

Tourists can easily reach Thiruvananthapuram by air as the city has an airport - Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. It is also well connected to major cities in the country by trains and national as well as state highways. Accommodation options in Thiruvananthapuram Budget stays, homestays, lodges, guesthouses and resorts are a few of the many hotels in Thiruvananthapuram for tourists.