The city of Thiruvananthapuram, more commonly known as Trivandrum, has been abundantly blessed by Mother Nature. Sprawling over seven green hills with intermingling lakes and rivers, Trivandrum is a coastal city blessed with numerous golden beaches that come to life in the evenings, with people thronging its sands to enjoy a quiet moment with the enchanting sunsets as they commune with their inner selves. The weather here is usually balmy and perfect throughout the year and a source of envy for those who get to suffer the summer heat.
Trivandrum also has a rich cultural history that dates back to about the 10nth century AD when kings, kingdoms and wars were the mainstays of the land. It was in the 17nth century that Maharaja Marthanda Varma made Trivandrum the capital of his Kingdom of Travancore. The trend of being the political centre is still carrying on today also, with Trivandrum now being the political capital of Kerala state. The rulers of the erstwhile kingdom of Travancore were into arts and culture in a big way and established numerous academies for the same. Today, you can see numerous galleries, museums and performing art theatres in the city that take our cultural heritage back to 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 when the whole city and its residents come alive. 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 throng Trivandrum during this tourism week to watch the light displays. The Attukal Pongala is another monumental occasion when millions of women from all over throng the city to offer prayers to the deity; it is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest collection of women for religious activities. Then we also have the world-famous Padmanabhaswamy temple, also known as the richest temple 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 alone 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 of becoming a metro city soon with numerous malls and multi-storey 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 institutes like the Vikram Sarabhai Space Center, 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, College of Engineering Trivandrum, etc, making it an academic and research focal point within the country.
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 couldn’t need any more proof than that to buy a home in Trivandrum and grow roots here!