Thiruvananthapuram is a city situated in Kerala. It was formerly known as Trivandrum. It happens to be the capital and the headquarters of the Thiruvananthapuram District. It is also called the IT hub of Kerala. Trivandrum is one of the most frequented tourist destinations in South India because of its natural beauty and innumerable tourist spots.

Thiruvananthapuram because of its unending natural beauty was termed as Evergreen city of India by Mahatma Gandhi.

Where is Thiruvananthapuram located?

The city is located in the west coast of India. It shares its borders with the Arabian Sea in the west and the Western Ghats in the east.

From where does the city get its name?

The name of the city is derived from the word Thiru-anantha-puram, which means "Abode of Lord Ananta".

Climate of Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram experiences pleasant climatic conditions all round the year. Summers in the city stretch from March to May with the maximum temperature rising up to 39 °C. Monsoons begin in the month of June. The months of December, January and February are the coldest. It is best not to visit the city during the monsoon season.

What to see or look forward to in Thiruvananthapuram?

Akkulam Lake
Akkulam Lake is a very significant tourist attraction in Thiruvananthapuram It is located at a distance of 3 km from Ulloor junction. The Children's park surrounding this lake is one of the largest parks in Kerala. This place is ideal for tourists who enjoy bird watching. The lake is serene and calm and it also offers boat rides.

Beema Palli Mahotsavam
Beema Palli is a popular mosque that is located 5 km from Trivandrum. The mosque is dedicated to a Muslim lady known as Beema Beevi, who had divine powers. The mosque is a one stop pilgrimage center for millions of Muslims in South India. The mosque is also a prime example of south Indian architecture in the country.

Koyikkal Palace
The Koyikkal Palace is among the most ancient monuments still standing the test of times in Trivandrum. It is situated 18 km from Trivandrum and falls on the way to the popular Kuttalam waterfalls and the Ponmudi hill station. Today the palace has been converted into a museum by the Archaeology Department of Trivandrum. You can get glimpses of some of the rarest utensils, scriptures, weapons, and artifacts in the museum.

Kuthiramalika Palace Museum
Kuthiramalika Palace Museum is a prime specimen of true south Indian style of architecture. The palace was constructed by Swathi Thirunal Balrama Varma who was a famous warrior-poet. The palace is home to a unique collection of paintings from the royal family of the state. The palace is also reputed for its extraordinary wood carvings.

Napier Museum
The Napier museum reflects the glorious past of the city. The museum houses innumerable artifacts that are related to the art and history of the state. Built exclusively in Indo-Saracen style of architecture the museum is a one stop destination for millions of historians. The museum is particularly known for its natural air conditioning system.

Aaranmula is a very famous pilgrimage center in Thiruvananthapuram. The origin of the temple dates back to the days of Mahabharata. Dedicated to Lord Krishna this temple is known for its exquisite traditional Kerala architecture. The temple is surrounded by a magnificent river that is famous for a number of water sports.

Where to Eat in Thiruvananthapuram?

If you love eating then Thiruvananthapuram is just the right place. Ranging from pure vegetarian cuisine to crabs the city offers them all. There are numerous restaurants in the city that serve some of the finest South India, Chinese, Continental, Indian and Thai cuisine.

Zinc N Rock Restaurant
Chakra Towers, Vanross Junction,
Phone: 0471 3075500

Chefmaster Family Restaurant
Trida Complex, Medical College P.O,
Phone: 0471 2445266

Anandalakshmy Multi Cuisine Restaurant
PTC Tower, S S Kovil Road, SS Kovil Road,
Phone: - 0471 4016402
Indian Coffee House
Trivandrum Central Railway Station,
Power House Road, Thampanoor,
Trivandrum, Kerala
Phone: 0471 2444116

Classic Avenue Hotel
Manjalikulam Rd, Thampanoor,
Phone: 0471 2333555

Square One Homemade Treats
Chalakuzhy Jn., NH 47, Pattom,
Trivandrum -
Phone: 0471 2531445

Where to Stay in Thiruvananthapuram?

Trivandrum is one of the most frequented destinations in Kerala. In order to cater to the needs of the different tourists who visit the city numerous hotels have come up over the years. The city has hotels that suit the needs and requirements of all kinds of travelers. The hotels in Trivandrum are known for their warm and friendly hospitality

The Muthoot Plaza
Punnen Road, Thiruvananthapuram-695039,
Kerala, India.
Tel: +91 471 2337733
Fax: +91 471 2337734
Email: [email protected]

The South Park
Kerala Hotels Pvt. Ltd
M G Road, Trivandrum 695 034, Kerala, India
Tel +91 471 2333333
Fax +91 471 2331861
E-mail: [email protected]

Classic Avenue
Manjalikulam Road, Thampanoor
Trivandrum - 695001
Kerala India
Tel : +91 471 2333555
Fax : +91 471 2338855
Email: [email protected]

Hotel Saj Lucia
East Fort, Thiruvananthapuram
Pin: 695 023
Tel: +91 471 2463443
Toll Free Tel: 1600-444-774
E-mail: [email protected]

Hotel Horizon
Thiruvananthapuram, Valiyachala,
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Tel: 0471 232 6888 ()
The Residency Tower
South Gate of Secretariat
Press Road, Trivandrum - 695001,
Kerala, India.
Tel: +91 - 471 - 2331661,
Fax: +91 - 471 - 2331311
Email: [email protected]

How to Reach Thiruvananthapuram?

By Air
Trivandrum is home to one of the finest airports in south India. There are a number of domestic and international flights that operate to and from Trivandrum regularly. Cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Kochi are connected extremely well to Trivandrum.

By Rail
Thiruvananthapuram Central is one of the busiest railway stations in Kerala. It is excellently connected by a strong network of trains to most of the Indian cities. It is also a major part of the Southern Railway Division.

By Road
Traveling to Thiruvananthapuram by road is also not a problem. It connects extremely well with cities like Kochi, Alleppey, and Kumarakom. You can also reach Trivandrum easily from Chennai, Bangalore, and Madurai.

Last Updated on 31 October 2011