|Thiruvananthapuram Fact File
||Central-east Kerala, India
|Tourist Season ( Best time to visit Thiruvananthapuram ) :
||August to May
||The climate of Thiruvananthapuram like the rest of Kerala can
be classified as an equatorial type of climate. It is hot and humid
but in comparison to other inland cities, the ocean makes the
climate quite pleasant. From June to Sept. it experiences torrential
rains brought by the monsoon clouds. However from October to
February, the climate remains relatively dry and cool and it is the
best period to visit the city.
|There are 3 options. You can either hire a car preferably from
a government-approved agency or take a taxi or if you prefer a
cheaper mode of transport, hire an auto rickshaw
Thiruvananthapuram which was previously called Trivandrum
is an ancient city with tradition dating back to 1000 BC.
Thiruvananthapuram 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, reclines.
Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the state of Kerala is a beautiful
seaside city built on seven hills. It is located on the west coast of
India near the extreme south of the mainland spreading over a total of
The city gets its
name from the word, Thiru-anantha-puram, meaning the "Abode of Lord
Ananta".The name derives from the deity of the Hindu temple at
the centre of the city. Anantha is the serpent Shesha on whom
Padmanabhan or Vishnu reclines. The temple of Vishnu reclining on
Anantha, the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple remains the iconic landmark of
the city. The city was officially referred to as Trivandrum in English
until 1991, when the government decided to reinstate the city's original
name Thiruvananthapuram in all languages.Climate
city has a climate that borders between a tropical savanna climate and a
tropical monsoon climate. As a result it does not experience distinct
seasons. The mean maximum temperature 34 °C and the mean minimum
temperature is 21 °C. The humidity is high and rises to about 90%
during the monsoon season.Tourist Attraction in
- AGASTHYAKOODAM :
Agasthyakoodam is a prominent peak
in the Sahyadri ranges of the western Ghat next to Anamudi.It is
about 1869 metres above sea level. It can be approached on foot from
Bonacaud which is 61 kms away from Thiruvananthapuram. The forest
Department issues special pass for the entry with some conditions.
Tradition says that the great sage Agasthya had his Tapas
there. In the period of British rule, there was a friction between
the rulers of Travancore and tamil Nadu over the right of ownership
of the place.
- PONMUDI :
Ponmudi, an idle hill station is popular
for its green meadows, flowering trees, countless varieties of
butterflies, slowly meandering streams and wet deciduous forest. A
pleasant resort with an elevation of 3002 feet above sea level, is
situated at the sour of western ghat. The pathways to this place are
narrow. The atmosphere is cool, the ground is lush green and the
place is woody. The air is filled with the fragrance of mountain
flowers. Exotic butterflies can be spotted. Springs and small
rivulets are enchanting and enlivening.
- MANKAYAM :
Mankayam is 45 kms from Thiruananthapuram.
It is situated near Palode in Nedumangad taluk and is 500 mts above
sea level. A beautiful hill area surrounded with varieties of ever
green trees and beautiful waterfalls. Lot of learning and
entertaining materials related to nature has been arranged there for
visitors. Convenient place for observation of nature, tracking
arrangement have been constituted for interested visitors.
- VELI LAKE :
Veli is an ideal picnic spot, which has
been developed as a tourist village. The placid Water of back water
lake merges here with boundless blue of sea water A water front park
with a wadding pool ,a floating restaurant ,aqua sports facilities,
and beautiful gardens thrill children along with grown up people
.Children can watch different varieties of back water fishes in the
wadding pool Beautiful statue on the meadows and sculpture by
renowned sculpture Kanayi Kunjuraman are the distinct features of
veli. There are facilities for pedal boating, row boating.
- KAPPIL LAKE :
A lake, 53 kms from the city and 8 km
north of Varkala, is a natural lake by the side of Arabian Sea. The
white and blue sands on the beach are washed by surf, which roars
and hisses at the feet of coconut palm.The view of the blue water
playing in the chimes of bells of the wind on one side and the never
ending spread of the green palm groves and the green veiled hill top
on the other side, thrill the visitors most.