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Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuram as it is called in Malayali is the capital city of Kerala. The name Thiruvananthapuram itself recalls to the mind Sri Padmanabhaswamy and his repose on the five-headed serpent Sesha naga. The city is certainly his abode; his temple being the predominant landmark. It is this sentiment that has helped the city retains its old world charm in the face of rapid political and technological progress. The city is steeped in history and culture. The palaces and the museums are a constant reminder of its golden and eventful history.
Thiruvananthapuram is geographically located at 8° 29' N and 76° 59 E. It is built on seven hills and is bounded by Western Ghats to its east and Laccadive Sea to its west. The district covers an area of 2,192 sq km and has an elevation of 16 ft.
Earlier, the tertiary sector dominated the economy of the city. Presently, the industries which contribute to the economy of the city are information technology industry, tourism and leisure industry, tea and coffee production industry, rubber plantation industry and education industry. It houses many medium and large scale industries which come under different sectors. There are industries like coir production, handloom weaving and silk manufacturing. Tourism is another important industry which contributes to its economy. The first industrial park for software, electronics and IT is situated in Thiruvananthapuram.
The erstwhile rulers of Travancore who actively participated in the development of art and culture made significant contributions to the culture of the city. The development of Carnatic music was undertaken by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal, a renowned composer. Similarly, Raja Ravi Varma was an internationally renowned painter whose paintings are preserved in the Sree Chithra Art Gallery. There are many heritage buildings in the city such as Palayan Mosque, Padmanabha Swamy Temple and VJT Hall to name a few. The city houses many libraries, the main being the State Central Library (Trivandrum Public library which was established in 1829). The basic cuisine of the people of the city is the Keralite cuisine.
The city is easily accessible by road, rail and air. The National Highway 66 connects it to other cities like Kozhikode, Kochi and Mangalore. The State Highway 1 also begins from Kesavadasapuram in the city. Besides the private bus operators, the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) also runs buses in the city. The Thiruvananthapuram Railway Station is one of the biggest railway stations of the country and connects it to other cities of India. There are four other railway stations in the city which provide it good connectivity. Thiruvanathapuram International Airport not only connects it to other states and cities but also to other countries.
The city is the tourism hub of Kerala. It offers a complete package for tourists in the form of hills, beaches, backwaters, wild life sanctuaries and lagoons which reflect the beauty of Kerala. There are many places of interests in the city which draw a large number of local and foreign tourists.
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