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Trivandrum, also known as Thiruvananthapuram has been a melting pot of culture and history since times unknown. The Ays are known to be the earliest inhabitants of this city till the beginning of 10th century A.D. Their sudden disappearance led to the rise of the Venads in Trivandrum.
It was in 1684, when the city saw a shift in its governing body from Umayamma Rani to the British East India Company. The Britishers had attained a land at Anjengo (located 32 kms away from Thiruvananthapuram ) for the purpose of fortifying it. They further expanded their reigns to various parts of Thiruvithamcore.
Trivandrum was a center of intellectual and artistic activities during the days of Marthanda Varma, who is considered to be the Father of the Modern Travancore. The first English school in Trivandrum was set up by him in the year 1834. The construction of an observatory and charitable trust was completed in 1836. Further, during the reign of Ayilyam Thirunal (1860-1880), various art colleges and Tamil schools were established.
During the reign of Sri Moolam Thirunal, Trivandrum was involved in various activities of the Indian National Congress. On November 1st 1956, Trivandrum was declared as a city of Kerala.
Trivandrum has been the centre of cultural activities ever since the time it was made the capital of Travancore in 1745. With many avenues like the Trivandrum Museum, Public Library & the Swati Thirunal College of Music; the city has been the pulse of the cultural scene in Kerala. The illustrious painter Raja Ravi Varma belongs to the city & his works are displayed at the Sri Chitra Art Gallery. Home to the famous Sri Padmanabha Swami Temple
, which has several murals dating back to the 18th century are well preserved. Age old traditions which have been passed out through generations are meticulously followed till date.
Its culture is not only limited to its museums & temples but extends to a thriving film industry too! The International Film Festival of Kerala held every year in Nov/Dec showcases some of the states best talents from seasoned film makers to the novice ones.
From films to finger licking cuisine the capital city of Kerala has loads to offer. The famous festival of Onam is the best time to experience typical Keralite cuisine, which is generally characterised by an abundance of coconut and spices.
Travel within city
Tourists opting for a trip to Trivandrum will find it really easy to travel within the city. This is because Trivandrum is very well connected through a network of buses, taxis, auto rickshaws, cars and two wheelers, so reaching any part of the city will not be a problem.
Buses in Trivandrum cover almost all known parts of the city, and opting for buses is the cheapest option among the above given ones. You will need to shell out around Rs 4 to 10 in order to travel from one point in Trivandrum to another. Buses can be a very good option if you know your destination beforehand, and you can also ask the locals for help in order to find out where you should disembark.
Cabs can be taken up from the major cab agencies in the city and some of these have been given below. Fares may range anywhere between Rs 150 to 500 depending on the distance covered.
Ramgiri Inter Cabs- Ph: 09895034508
Kerala Cars- Ph: 09447001010
Auto rickshaws in Trivandrum do not run on meter; however the charges are very minimal when compared to the other cities in Kerala. While travelling through an auto rickshaw, do not discuss the rate when you reach your destination. Negotiate a rate before getting into an auto rickshaw, as fares will rarely exceed Rs 70. There are no night fares and autos are a safe mode of travel.
Rented Two Wheeler
You can also rent out a two wheeler for around Rs 350 to 500 a day and the deposit will cost you around Rs 1500 per day.
Trivandrum boasts of many classy and high end restaurants that remain open from 9 am till 11 pm. For some quick and cheap refreshments, tourists can look out for Karikku (coconut water) and Sambharam (buttermilk with ginger and chilli). For tourists looking for great vegetarian options, a visit to Ananda Bhavan
on MG Road, famous for their South Indian and tandoori dishes served in the classic way, i.e. served on a banana leaf and tourists need to sit down and eat with their hands is an ideal experience.
For those seeking to savor some finger licking non veg delicacies can go to Kerala House Family Restaurant
on Statue Road known for its fish pollichathu (fish baked in banana leaf). Another good option is Kalavara Family Restaurant
on Press Road, popular for their fish molee (fish in coconut sauce) and lunch time birayanis.
in Muthoot Plaza, Regency
and Spencer's Daily
on MG Road too are good places to enjoy a hearty meal.
While in Trivandrm, shopping is an inevitable indulgence. The main shopping area is Connemara market, where tourists can shop for local spices and clothes at dearth cheap rate. For the famous coffee and fragrant tea leaves along with varieties of nuts, Sankers Coffee and Tea
on MG Road is the apt place to shop. For exlusive handicrafts and exquisite statues, the Government Emporium on YMCA Road, by the name SMSM Institute
is a must visit.
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