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Thiruvananthapuram Travel Guide, India

Thiruvananthapuram is by far the longest (and the most confusing) city name amongst all the cities of India. Mostly, the shorter version of this name Trivandrum is used in regular day to day language. The meaning of the word Thiruvananthapuram is City of Lord Anantha. A theory says that this name was taken from the Hindu temple which is located right in the center of this city.

Thiruvananthapuram is situated in Kerala, a north Indian state  almost on the tip down to the South of India. Father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi referred India to be ‘Evergreen City of India’.

The city of Thiruvananthapuram is spread over an area of around 250 kilometer squares and it is situated between the Arabian Sea (on the western side) and the Western Ghats (on the eastern side). Killi river and the Karamana River are the ones that flow through the city. The city is made up of lowlands (which consist of rivers, deltas, shorelines, and coconut palms etc.) and midlands (which is made up of valleys and hills which are located in the proximity of the Western Ghats)

As of the census of year 2001 the population of Thiruvananthapuram was around 750000 locals living in the city while the population of the urban agglomeration is over 1 million inhabitants. Thiruvananthapuram happens to be the largest city (in terms of population) in the state of Kerala. Thiruvananthapuram is also the capital for Kerala and hence is the major political hub for the state of Kerala.

The seasons of Thiruvananthapuram don’t experience any huge changes in climate, as it is located next to the Arabian Sea. The average highest temperature stays around 34 degree Celsius while the average minimum temperature stays around 21 degree Celsius. Due to the seaside the humidity touches the heights of 90 percent on many occasions. Thiruvananthapuram experiences the first hit of monsoon and then other Indian cities experience monsoon. June is the month of rains and the average annual rainfall for the city is around 1700 millimeters. The months from March to April are the hottest while the months from December to February are the coldest.

Thiruvananthapuram is slowly growing as economical hub for India and fields like Information Technology, Bio Technology, and Medical have started to show their presence in the city. Thiruvananthapuram is also the home for many famous educational institutions which is the result why the industrial sector of the city is growing.


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