Thiruvananthapuram, formerly known as Trivandrum, is the largest city and capital of the state of Kerala, located on India's west coast near the extreme south of mainland. The city covers a total area of approx 214,86 km2 (82,96 ml2) and has a population of around 957,730 people (2011 census).
- Mahatma Gandhi called Trivandrum the "Evergreen city of India". Trivandrum is classified as Tier-II city by India's Government.
- Trivandrum was a trading post for sandalwood, ivory and spices. The city was ruled over by the Ays and captured by the rulers of Venad in the 10th century A.D. Marthanda Varma established the princely state of Thiruvithamkoor in 1729 and made Trivandrum the capital city in 1745. Trivandrum remained as princely state ruled by Travancore under the governance of the British prior to joining the Indian Union 1948.
- With about 80% of state's software exports, Trivandrum is an IT hub with great importance through its Technopark and Technocity. It is a research and academic focal point in the country with various premier institutions.
- Trivandrum is also a major tourist hub. Varkala and Kovalam are popular beach settlements located close to the city. Padmanabhaswamy Temple which is circled by the East Fort is one of the world's grandest and richest temples. Other places of interest include Azhimala Beach, Shanghumukham, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Agasthyamala rain forests, Braemore, Kallar, Edava lakes, Poovar and Anchuthengu backwaters, Ponmudi hills, Varkala Cliffs and Kappil.
- The city is also popular for its unique style of architecture which involves Kerala Architecture with Dravidian and British influences in Napier museum, one of the oldest Zoos in Asia, Kilimanoor and Kuthiramalika Palaces. Although there are several museums, Kerala Science and Technology Museum boasts with Priyadarsini Planetarium featuring the largest projection screen found in south India.
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