Thiruvananthapuram is one of the largest cities in the state of Kerala. Formerly, it was known as Trivandrum. It is the capital city of Kerala bounded by the Arabian Sea. It is located at the South-Western tip of India. Kerala is referred as the "Evergreen city of India". Being India's largest city in South India, it is a major tourist centre for every traveler. Dating back to 1000 BCE, it is an ancient region with trading traditions. The city gets its name from from the Malayalam language word, Thiru-anantha-puram that means "Abode of Lord Ananta". It was names after Anantha Padmanabha or Lord Vishnu. The first history of Kerala was appearing in the inscriptions of the Mauryan Emperor, Ashoka (269-232 B.C.). Marthanda Varma founded the princely state of Thiruvithamkoor in the year 1729 and after shifting from Padmanabhapuram in Tamil Nadu, Thiruvananthapuram was made the capital in 1745. The city came into being on 01st November 1956 from Travancore. It is a home place for many ancient temples. The city has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. It comprises of windy backwaters, historical buildings, tranquil beaches and others. The city is also famous for pilgrimage centre where Padmanabha Swamy Temple is one of the prominent ancient temples that attract thousands of tourists from all over India. It is a paradise for beach lovers.
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