Thiruvananthapuram formally know as Trivandrum, is the capital of Kerala state, India. It is also know as the "Evergreen city of India" because of the greenery it has. The state of Kerala is known as "God's own country", so Thiruvananthapuram is called as "God's own capital". It is built on seven hills by the sea shore on the west coast, near the southern tip of India and is bounded by Arabian Sea to its west and the Western Ghats to its east. It lies on the shores of Karamana and Killi rivers. The famous Vellayani, Thiruvallam and Aakulam backwaters are part of the city. The city played a very important role in India's freedom struggle and is the cradle of India's ambitious space programme.
Thiruvananthapuram has a climate that borders between a tropical savanna climate and a tropical monsoon climate.
Thiruvananthapuram played a vital role in the development of Carnatic music and dance Kathakali, Kerala's indigenous martial art—the Kalaripayattu, a center for preserving and practicing Ayurvedic medicines and the city has 150 year old golf course known as Thiruvananthapuram Golf Club.
Thiruvananthapuram is also a major destination for medical tourism in India. Thiruvananthapuram is a tourist destination for both domestic and international tourists because of its surrounding areas are full of wooded highlands & scenic, beautiful and enchanting views making it an ideal tourist spots.
There are many tourist destinations in or near the city, Heritage Monuments & Structures: Anjengo Fort, Kanakakunnu Palace, Secretariat, Kerala Legislature Complex, Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave, Koyikkal Palace, Kuthiramalika Palace, Koyikkal Palace, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Kilimanoor Palace, East fort, West Fort.
Religious Places: Janardhanaswamy Temple, Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Vishnu Temple, Parasurama Temple, Sree Mahadeva Temple, Shiva Parvathi temple (Ponnumthuruthu (Golden Island)), St. Joseph's Cathedral, Beemapalli, Santhigiri Ashram (Sivagiri Mutt,), Palayam Juma masjid.
Beaches & Backwater: Agastya Mala Peak, Hawa Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Samudra Beach, Thiruvambady Beach (Black Sand beach), Varkala Beach, Poovar Beach, Valiathura Beach, Shankhumugham Beach, Kappil Beach, Thiruvallam, Chowara Beach, Papanasham Beach, Aruvikkara Dam.
Museum: Science and Technology Museum, Keralam History and Heritage Museum, The Indian School of Martial Arts (ISMA), KCS Panicker Gallery, Biotechnology Museum, Margi (Kathakali Performances), Kuthiramalika Palace Museum, Vyloppilli Samskrithi Bhavan, Chacha Nehru Children's Museum, Napier Museum.
Art Gallery: Sree Chithra Art Gallery.
Zoo: The Zoological Park.
Aquarium: Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium.
Wildlife Sanctuaries: Neyyar Dam & Wildlife Sanctuary, Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, Ponmudi, Agasthyakoodam, Mankayam, Kalakkayam waterfalls, Kallar, Pandipattu, Kappukadu.
Science Parks: Priyadarshini Planetarium, University Observatory.
Recreational Places: Happy Land Water Theme Park, Akkulam Tourist Village, Veli Tourist Village, Varkala.
Thiruvananthapuram has many five star nightclubs, Pubs are open till late in the night.
Thiruvananthapuram has many shows of films, drama and performing art conducted in numerous theaters and multiplexes through out the city.
In Thiruvananthapuram there are many things that one can buy from numerous places, like handicraft, spices, nuts and the famous coffee and fragrant tea leaves. Chalai Bazaar, Connemara market, MG Road, the Government Emporium on YMCA Road, East Fort center shopping hub.
Keralite cuisine: It is generally consists of coconut, coconut oil, spices, wheat and meat. Similar to South Indian cuisines and many other multi-cuisine restaurants are there which serve dishes to all taste and flavours.
Thiruvananthapuram has best of International hotel chains and budget hotels to choose your accommodation from.
In Thiruvananthapuram best way of transport in by roads within the city, there Red-Buses service and backwater ferries are available to move around. Besides red-buses and backwater ferries there are private cabs and auto Rickshaws also available for transportation with in the city.