Because of its nearness to the sea, the climate of Trivandrum is tropical.
This also gives Trivandrum a very pleasant weather round the year. The
average maximum temperature can go up to 36.2°C in summer months and to
a minimum of 18.0°C in the winters. Monsoon comes to Trivandrum in the
month of May and remains there until November.
This capital city of Kerala is a historical city with numerous memories of
Trivandrum - the city of Anantha, the sacred serpent of Vishnu :
Trivandrum is a wonderful city with its kaleidoscopic sunsets along with
beautiful palm trees dancing to the tunes of nature, the gentle aromas of
coffee, spices and coconuts, the stronghold of communism, a literate people
with warm and friendly nature. Built on seven hills, this beautiful seaside
state capital city exudes natural beauty with its exotic locations, lovely
sites, appealing beaches and captivating lagoons. This is the city that
strongly respects and retains its ancient traditions along while the modern
lifestyle with tolerance and invitation. Indeed Thiruvananthapuram or
Trivandrum is the miniature form of Kerala.
According to a Myth the city got its name from the city of Anantha, the
sacred serpent of Vishnu. Historians say that Thiruvananthapuram was once
the port of call for Romans and Jews, Arabs and Christians and even today it
remains one of the biggest centres for sea-bound labour..
» By Air -
Trivandrum is well connected by air with
Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai. Trivandrum is also an international
airport, with Silk Air, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, Gulf Air, Air Lanka
and Air India operating direct flights from there.
» By Rail -
Long-distance express trains connect
Trivandrum with other important places in the state and to places outside
the state like Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, and Calcutta.
» By Road -
Trivandrum is well connected by road to
Cochin, Kumarakom, Periyar, Alleppey and Madurai.
Highlights of the City :
» Varkala -
Varkala, a sea side resort, is also an
important Hindu center of pilgrimage. High cliffs with mineral springs
having therapeutic values rise majestically from the coastline. Varkala also
has a 2,000 year old Janardana Swamy Temple and a Nature Center, which are a
» Kanyakumari -
Kanyakumari, 70 kms from Trivandrum,
is the southernmost tip of peninsular India, where the waters of the Bay of
Bengal, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea meet. The place offers
spectacular sunrises and colourful sunsets to marvel at. Kanyakumari is said
to have been named after the Goddess Kanyakumari Amman (the virgin Goddess),
who is a renowned deity of this district and over throughout the country.
The legend says that the Goddess Parvathi is one of her incarnation as 'Devi
Kanya' who penanced on one of the rocks of this land to achieve the hand of
Near the coast is the memorial to the great Indian philosopher, Swami
Vivekananda who is supposed to have sat here in deep meditation in 1892. On
the island one can even see the Shri Pada Parai - the footprints of the
» The Gandhi Memorial -
The Gandhi Memorial at
Kanniyakumari is located at the place where his ashes were kept before
immersion. It has been designed in a fashion so that on 2nd October, on his
birthday, the sun's rays fall directly on the spot.
» Kovalam Beach -
Kovalam Beach is a beautiful
palm-lined beach of golden sands and safe bathing. The Kovalam beach is
ideal for swimming, surfing, catamaran ride into the sea and skiing. Other
sources of entertainment are water sports, a theatre that presents
traditional Kathakali dance dramas, a yoga centre and facilities for
traditional oil bathing and massages according to the ancient Indian
Festivals of Trivandrum (India) :
Onam is the main festival of Trivandrum and is celebrated in the month of
August or September. Being the harvest festival of Trivandrum it signifies
the association of the people with agriculture. Christmas is also celebrated
with great enthusiasm and happiness when Trivandrum wears a colorful look.
Classical Music Festival is rejoiced from January 27 to February 3 every
year and is a great time to enjoy for the lovers of pure classical music
forms such as Carnatic and Hindustani music.