Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum is an evergreen city owing to the presence of abundant greenery. The city believed to be built on seven hills by the sea shore and is located at the southernmost tip of India towards the west coast. The city has many intermingling lakes and rivers that add on to the richness of the region. This coastal city is blessed with numerous golden beaches that come to life in the evenings for the views of enchanting sunsets they offer. The weather here is usually balmy and perfect throughout the year, a source of envy for those who suffer the summer heat.
Trivandrum also has a rich cultural history that dates back to the 10th century AD when kings, kingdoms, and wars were the mainstays of the land. It was in the 17th century that Maharaja Marthanda Varma made Trivandrum the capital of his Kingdom of Travancore. The trend of being the political center is still carrying on today also, with Trivandrum being the political capital of Kerala state. The rulers of the erstwhile Travancore kingdom have established numerous academies for arts and culture. Today, you can see numerous galleries, museums and performing art theatres in the city that takes us back to the cultural heritage of a bygone era.
To the casual observer, the city appears to have a laid-back demeanour, but in reality, there is an underlying hum of cultural and religious activities that come to the fore during festivals like Onam. Many of the major city roads and government buildings are artistically draped with fairy lights that are a magnificent spectacle to watch in the evenings. People from various neighbouring cities visit Trivandrum during the festive week to watch the light displays. The Attukal Pongala is another phenomenal religious ritual that is conducted in Trivandrum. During this occasion, millions of women from all over the country visit the city to offer prayers to the Goddess of Attukal Temple. This event is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest congregation of women for religious activities. The city houses another significant landmark, the world-famous Padmanabhaswamy temple. This temple is considered as one of the richest temples in the world, owning a fortune that runs into billions!
Aside from culture and heritage, Trivandrum is also very much on the map of economic growth, especially after the establishment of the Technopark in 1995 and other medical and biotechnology set-ups. Technopark houses over 350 companies, employing over 60,000 people and accounts for about 80% of software exports from the state. The incursion of these techies from different parts of the country is taking Trivandrum onto the road to becoming a metro city soon with numerous malls, metro rail and multistorey residential buildings taking over the city’s skyline.
The city is also known as Kerala’s educational hub, having the most number of premier schools, colleges and important academic institutions – College of Engineering Trivandrum, Vikram Sarabhai Space Center (VSSC), Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology, Regional Cancer Center, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, National Center for Earth Science Studies, Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, to name a few. Hence there is a huge scope for academic and research activities in the city.
Aside from this, the city has not only been nominated as the best city to live in consecutively for the past two years by ASICS but also as the best-governed city. You wouldn’t need any more reasons to buy a home in Trivandrum and grow roots here!