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The city

Thiruvananthapuram, also know as Trivandrum is in the western-southern tip of India. It is nearly 55 Kms north of Kanyakumari in the southern state of Kerala, "God's own Country". It is a the administrative capital of Kerala, and a very traditional and conservative city. The city is famous for its beaches like Kovalam, Shankhumugham, Veli & Varkala.

The History

Thiruvananthapuram is an ancient city dating back to 1000 BC it became the capital of Raja of Travancore in 1750. The city gets its name from the word, Thiru-anantha-puram, meaning the city of Anantha or the abode of the sacred Serpent Anantha on which Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the Hindu trinity.

King Marthandavarma, th 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 Kerala state was formed, Thiruvananthapuram was again chosen as the capital of Kerala. Thiruvananthapuram is famous for the deity at the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, nearly 2000 years old.

Trivandrum is a conservative city, yet you will find all the religions in harmony with each other. The city is proud of its all three important religious monuments viz. Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Beemapalli and the Christ King Church, Vettukad.

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  • GenuinelyCurious's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2007 at 12:51 PM

    Great shots of the temples. Thanks for sharing.

  • mallyak's Profile Photo
    Aug 20, 2007 at 1:07 AM

    Nice photos Ajay bhai.I'll be in India next month travelling from Bangalore-Hamoi-Delhi-Amritsar-agra.Your kerala pics are Superb!Check out my pages if you care??

  • JessH's Profile Photo
    May 28, 2007 at 11:53 PM

    What a gorgeous place of nature & culture, very nice tips & photos here. Thank you for sharing! I hope to explore India more in the future, its people, the scenery, traditions, veg. food and music :-) Namaste Ajay, and greetings from Dubai / Jess

  • theadventurer's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2007 at 8:31 PM

    Very nice pictures Ajay. I we could visit this place someday.

  • umashanker's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2007 at 9:58 PM

    Very intersting page Ajay,wish to enjoy one day.


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