IGS Thiruvananthapuram Chapter
About Indian Geotechnical Society – Thiruvananthapuram Chapter
Thiruvananthapuram, formerly known as Trivandrum, is the capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Kerala. It is located on the west coast of India near the extreme south of the mainland. Referred to by Mahatma Gandhi as the "evergreen city of India", it is classified as a Tier-II city by the Government of India. The city is home to central and state government offices and organizations. Apart from being the political nerve centre of Kerala, it is an academic hub and is home to several educational institutions including the University of Kerala, Trivandrum medical college and to many Science and Technology institutions.
Thiruvananthapuram was a trading post for spices, sandalwood and ivory. The city was ruled by the Ays and was captured by the rulers of Venad in tenth century A.D. In 729, Marthanda Varma founded the princely state of Thiruvithamkoor and made Thiruvananthapuram the capital in 1745. It remained as a princely state ruled by Travancore under the loose governance of the British before joining the Indian Union in 1948.
Thiruvananthapuram contributes nearly 80% of the state's software exports and is a major IT hub. It was ranked as the best city in Kerala to live in a 2012 survey by Times of India. The city was also ranked as the best city in India for Housing and Transport by a survey conducted by India Today.
Thiruvananthapuram is a popular destination for tourists. Kovalam is a popular beach town located 16 kilometres from the city. The Padmanabhaswamy Temple circled by the East Fort is amongst the richest temples in India. Other places of interest include Sanghumukham Beach, Napier museum and Zoo, Agasthyarkoodam peak, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary and Neyyar Dam, Kuthira Malika palace, Ponmudi, Poovar, Varkala Cliffs and Edava lake.
Thiruvananthapuram is well connected to the rest of the country. There are five railway stations in the city namely, the Thiruvananthapuram central, Thiruvananthapuram Pettah, Kochuveli, Veli and Nemom.
The Thiruvananthapuram International Airport has direct connectivity to the Middle East, Malaysia, Singapore, Maldives and Sri Lanka. The airport is qualified for all-weather and night operations. The airport is 3.7 kilometers from the central business district.