Thiruvananthapuram (formerly known as Trivandrum), the largest and most populous City in Kerala, is the capital of Kerala State. Thiruvananthapuram District is situated at the southern most end of Kerala, sandwiched between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats.

The name Thiruvananthapuram is derived from the Sacred Snake God “Anantha”, on whom Lord Vishnu (Hindu God) reclines. The temple of Vishnu rests on Anantha; Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple located at the central part of Thiruvananthapuram remains the iconic landmark of the City.

The economy of the city is mainly focused on Information Technology and Tourism. As the Capital City of Kerala, there are many Government offices, organisations and companies in Thiruvanathapuram. The state legislative assembly and Secretariat are located here.

Establishment of Technopark in 1995, India's first technology park and among the three largest IT parks in India today was the major mile stone in the city’s recent history. Technopark hosts over 120 IT and ITES companies, employing over 15,000 IT Professionals.

The city comes to life during the Onam festival season in August or September and during the tourist season later in the year. Kerala government conducts the tourism week celebrations every year during Onam with cultural events taking place at various places in the city.

Thiruvananthapuram is the place where the highest number of foreign tourists visiting in Kerala.

There are more than fifty recognised Ayurveda centres in and around the city. This is mainly due to Ayurveda's immense popularity in the Western countries.

The Napier Museum is an art and natural history museum situated in Thiruvananthapuram. It also contains the Sri Chitra Art Gallery, which contains works from Raja Ravi Varma, one of the greatest painters in the history of Indian art, as well as examples of Mughal and Thanjavur art.

Maharaja Swathi Thirunal (King of Old Travancore) was a great composer and played a vital role in the development of Carnatic music. There is a music college in his name in the city.

The proposed Mega Deep Water Container Trans-shipment Port at Vizhinjam is just 1 km away from the City limits. After the completion of the Project a massive development in the commercial activities of Thiruvananthapuram is expected. Specialty of Vizhinjam port is its proximity to the international shipping route and East-West shipping and the Thiruvananthapuram City and International Airport are closer to the port.

Thiruvananthapuram is well connected with all parts of India by road. Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station is located at Thampanoor in the central part of the city.

International Airport is 4 km away from the city.

Consulate of Maldives is at Thiruvananthapuram.

Tourist Places in Thiruvananthapuram


Kovalam Beach, 12kms away from Thiruvananthapuram is one of the finest beaches in India and one of the most popular tourist destinations of Kerala, attracting millions of tourists. Read more about Kovalam..

Shree Padmanabhaswamy temple

Shree Padhmanabhaswamy temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is at the central part of the city. The temple has a large complex with a huge gopuram (a monumental tower). This temple attracts devotees and tourists.


About 2kms south of Kovalam, it is believed to be an ancient port. The Dutch and Portugese had commercial establishments here. Now Vizhinjam is a fishing harbour. There is a light house in the beach. Old Vizhinjam Church built by the Portuguese near to the sea shore is still functional.

Shangumugham Beach

A clean beach away from the crowd of the city is very near to Thiruvananthapuram international airport. The sculpture of Jalakanyaka (Mermaid) by Kanayi Kunhiraman and the stone pavalion made of stone pillars are an added attraction.


Ponmudi is a beautiful hill station at an elevation of 912m above sea level, located at 61 km away from Thiruvananthapuram City. Ponmudi is fast developing as a hill resort.

Veli lagoon

Veli is developed as a major tourist spot in Thiruvananthapuram. The boat club and tourist village attracts tourists by providing facilities like pedal boating, row boating and swimming on the placid waters of the Veli Lake.


Akkulam is one of the beautiful picnic spots in Trivandrum city on the banks of Akulam Lake, which is an extension of the Veli Lake. The Boat Club here operates speed, safari, pedal and row boats from Akkulam to Veli Tourist Village. A traditional style Kettuvallom (Houseboat) is also available here. The Children’s Park here is a unique amusement spot.


Peppara or Peypara on the Western Ghats is 50 km from the city on the way to Ponmudi. The sanctuary there is emerging as a big attraction to wild life enthusiasts. Elephants, leopards, sambars, lion-tailed macaques and cormorants are commonly seen here.

Neyyar Dam

Neyyar Dam across the Neyyar River located 29 km away from the City. The catchment area offers facilities for boating and mountaineering. A three hour climb over the hills across the reservoir affords the thrill of hiking. Meenmutti and Kombaikani Waterfalls are on the way. A Lion Safari Park and a Crocodile Rearing Centre have also been set up in the reservoir.


Anchuthengu Situated 40 km north of Trivandrum city is a place of historic
importance. The first settlement of the English East India Company was here. The remains of the old English Fort can be seen here even today. There is an ancient christian church in Mampally built by St. Francis Xavier in 15th century.

Napier Museum and Zoo

The Napier Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Shri Chitra Art Gallery, the Reptile House, Garden and Park are all within the Zoo complex. There is a lake and a boat club operated by the Department of Museums and Zoos and the District Tourism Promotion Council.

Tourist Places Nearer to Thiruvananthapuram

Major Organizations in Thiruvananthapuram

  • Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station

  • Milma
    Kerala Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (KCMMF)

  • Keltron
    KELTRON is one of the few companies in India which manufactures a wide range of electronic products starting from discrete components to sub assemblies...

  • Chithranjali Film Complex

  • Kerala High-tech Industries (KELTECH)


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Khushi R said...

Informative post on the places to visist in the beach city, Trivandrum. It is one of the important tourist destination of southern India and the tourist places in Trivandrum are immensely popular among visitors. Do visit the city to break the monotony of life.