The Holy Abode of Lord Anantha

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 Travel

That’s what the capital city of Kerala means in local language.

Confused? That’s what the capital city of Kerala means in local language. Thiruvananthapuram became the capital city upon the formation of the state of Kerala on November 1, 1956.

The city got its name from the principal deity, (Lord Vishnu also known as Lord Anantha enshrined in the Ananthasayanam posture which is the eternal yogic sleep on the serpent Adiseshan) of famous Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple located in the heart of the city. This temple has the distinction of being the richest Hindu temple in the world.

Trivandrum being referred to as the evergreen city of India by Mahatma Gandhi also has a population of about 1.7 million inhabitants in the city alone. It provides for about 80% of the entire state’s software exports mainly owing to the presence of the first Technological Park in India – Technopark which upto date is the largest in the country in terms of built up area. The city is also home to many central and state government offices and educational institutions along with being the headquarters of Kerala University.

Trivandrum is considered as one of the ten greenest cities in India and a recent Times of India Survey has stated that it is indeed the best city to live in Kerala. Another survey conducted by India Today has found that Trivandrum is the best city in India for Housing and Transport.

Having trade connections with the outside world dating back to 1000BCE, Thiruvananthapuram is famous for its Spices, Sandalwood and Ivory. During that period, city was ruled by the Ay dynasty which fell in 10th century followed by Marthanda Varma who formed the princely state of Central Travancore by 1729. The coming years saw a change for better as the city progressed to a major intellectual and artistic centre. The most famous rulers of City’s history were Maharaja Swathi Thirunal and Maharaja Ayilyam Thirunal. After India got independence in 1947, Travancore joined Indian Union and later when the state of Kerala was formed in 1 November 1956, Thiruvananthapuram was made the capital of the state.

It is a quite pleasant city to live in as it not too hot or too cold to live in and the temperature varies from 20 degree Celsius to 35 degree Celsius. According to the study conducted by Global Financial Services firm Morgan Stanley, it is listed as one of the top 10 cities in India on Vibrancy Index and Consumption Index.

It’s a befitting name to be given to the most important and happening city in Kerala which can be compared to any other major city of the world in terms of the technology, development, infrastructure, education, and above all abundance of kind hearted people makes it much more pleasurable to live in.


written by
Jerrin Issac