Bounded by the Arabian Sea on the West and Tamil Nadu on the East, Thiruvananthapuram (also known as Trivandrum), is the capital of Kerala. The contact of Trivandrum with the outside world dates back to 190 AD when it opened its shores to merchants in search of spices, sandalwood, and ivory. The city also boasts of its association with King Solomon whose ships landed at a port called Ophir.

Along the Eastern and North Eastern borders of Trivandrum, there are many picnic spots: A long shoreline, internationally renowned beaches, historic monuments, and backwater stretches. The city is named after the deity that is housed in Sree Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple, one of the major landmarks of the place. If we dissect Thiruvananthapuram, we get Thiru-Anantha-Puram, which means the town of Anantha (Eternal). Although no records of the antiquity of the temple really exists, the temple nevertheless is believed to be several thousands years old.

Attractions in Trivandrum

What one can do in Trivandrum

The main shopping centers in Trivandrum are Pazhavangadi, Puthenchanthai and Cantonment. Here one can get Aranmula mirror, gold and silver brocaded fabrics, boxes, buttons and ashtrays of steel.

How To Reach Trivandrum

There are direct flights to Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, and Delhi. Trivandrum is connected to other important cities of India and Kerala by trains. Being the capital of Kerala state, Trivandrum is well connected to other major cities of India and the neighboring countries. Regular trains are available for the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. For the tourists heading towards North India and Delhi, Himsagar Express is the perfect choice. Buses ply from different cities of Kerala to Trivandrum and from Trivandrum to various cites in the neighbouring states.

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