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Thiruvananthapuram - Historical Background

Thiruvananthapuram, which was previously called Trivandrum, is an ancient city with tradition dating back to 1000 BC. Thiruvananthapuram became the capital of Travancore in 1750. The city gets its name from the word, Thiru-anantha-puram, meaning the city of Anantha or "the town of Lord ANANTHA", the abode of the sacred Serpent Anantha on which Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the Hindu trinity, reclines. The town has a history of supporting fine arts and culture and as a seat of learning.

During the beginning of this century, Travancore Kings made women education compulsory and free. 15 percent of the state budget was allocated to education, laying the foundation for 100% literacy, which Kerala achieved a few years ago. We can see vivid proof of the religious tolerance of this state with the location of mosque, temple, and church within yards of each other at Palayam Junction in Thiruvananthapuram City.

Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the state of Kerala is a beautiful seaside city built on seven hills. The city is characterized by its undulating terrain of low coastal hills with narrow winding lanes and busy commercial alleys. Thiruvananthapuram and its famous beaches are one of the top tourist destinations in India. Thiruvananthapuram Municipal Corporation City Development Plan


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