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The district has a rich diversity of plants ranging from rare orchids medicinal plants and spices to hedge plants tuber crops and plants yielding edible fruits and fibre. Aromatic plants and spices such as pepper and ginger are cultivated on a large scale on the hilly tracts. Nedumangad taluk is one of the biggest centres for the cultivation and trade of pepper and other hill produce. A major portion of the district lies on the middle plain where coconut rice tapioca tuber crops plantains and vegetables are cultivated.
The forests of the district abound in a variety of animals and birds providing excellent wildlife habitats. Elephants bison monkeys and rare reptiles are among the most prominent species. Nestled in the Western Ghats a wildlife sanctuary extends over an area of nearly 777 square kilometres (300 sq mi) around the Neyyar reservoir. The forest at the foot of the Kulathupuzha range is the habitat of rare species of snakes and lizards. Among characteristic mammals of the region are the Nilgiri langur lion-tailed macaque Nilgiri brown mongoose and the Malabar civet. Carnivores include the tiger wild cat jackal leopard and dhole (Indian wild dog). The Sloth bear gaur a few species of deer and elephants are also seen. Reptiles include snakes lizards crocodiles and tortoises. There are some 75–80 species of snakes in this area of which some are highly venomous.
Thiruvananthapuram has long been a media center in India. Kerala Chandrika the first newspaper of the state was published from Thiruvananthapuram in 1789. Now more than 30 newspapers have been published from the district including The Hindu The New Indian Express The Deccan Chronicle The Times of India Malayala Manorama Mathrubhoomi Kerala Kaumudi Desabhimani Deepika Madhyamam Chandrika Thejas Siraj Janmabhoomi and Metro Vaartha.
Weeklies fortnightlies monthlies bi-monthlies and quarterlies are published from parts of the district. The Kerala Information and Public Relations Department is the main government agency disseminating information to the public and for the provision of feedback.
Most Malayalam television channels are based in Thiruvananthapuram. The government-owned Doordarshan began broadcasting from the city in 1981. Asianet the first private Malayalam channel began its telecasts from Thiruvananthapuram in 1991.
The district has many radio stations most broadcasting from Thiruvananthapuram city. All India Radio has an AM (1161 MHz) an FM (Ananthapuri FM; 101.9 MHz) and a SW ( various frequencies ) station in the city. FM radio channels broadcasting from Thiruvananthapuram are Gyanvani 105.6 MHz Ananthapuri FM (AIR) 101.9 MHz Big FM 92.7 MHz Club FM 94.3 MHz Radio Mirchi 98.3 MHz Red FM 93.5 MHz and Radio DC 90.4 MHz. Radio DC broadcasts at low-power CRS. This channel is only available within a 15-kilometre (9 mi) radius from the broadcasting station.
Wireline telephone services are provided by BSNL Reliance and Tata Indicom. The main GSM networks operating in the district are BSNL CellOne Airtel Tata Docomo Idea Cellular Vodafone Reliance and Virgin Mobile. The main CDMA providers are Reliance MTS and Tata Indicom. Major broadband internet services are provided by BSNL DataOne Asianet Dataline and Siti Cable.
In the 20th century Thiruvananthapuram witnessed a cultural renaissance. Kerala Varma Valiakoi Thampuran (1845–1914) who spent a major part of his life in Thiruvananthapuram translated Kalidasa's Abhijñānaśākuntalam into Malayalam which earned him the title of Kerala Kalidasa. He is regarded as the father of modern Malayalam prose.
A strong film culture prevails in the district. The city is home to animation companies including Toonz India Ltd and Tata Elxsi Ltd. The Kinfra Film and Video Park near the Technopark is an advanced film and animation production facility.
The Malayalam film industry formerly based in Chennai (Madras) began a gradual shift towards the end of the 1970s to establish itself in Thiruvananthapuram.
Other major cultural events include the annual flower show in Thiruvananthapuram city the Attukal Pongala the Varkala Sivagiri pilgrimage in December the Kaalioottu in Sarkara Devi Temple near Chirayinkeezh the Navarathri festival at the Poojamandapam near Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple the Aaraat of Padmanabha Swamy Temple the Beemapally Uroos and the Vettucaud Perunaal.
The city of Thiruvananthapuram features several landmarks with regards to ancient tradition folklore and literature. Several other locations in the district feature similar landmarks.
Present-day Thiruvananthapuram city district and Kanyakumari district were parts of Ay dynasty during ancient and medieval ages which was a Tamil kingdom based in the southernmost part of Indian Subcontinent. Ay kingdom had experienced attacks and conquests by Cholas and Pandyas in various periods. Later it became a part of Venad in late middle ages which was eventually expanded as the powerful kingdom of Travancore in 18th century CE. The Tamil-Dravidian kind of architecture is also found in Padmanabhaswamy temple which makes it distinct and unique from the architectural style of temples in northern parts of Kerala.
Modern-day Southern Kerala (The districts like Thiruvananthapuram Kollam Pathanamthitta etc.) had been ruled by Tamil dynasties such as Ay kingdom Pandya dynasty and Chola dynasty for a long time until 16th-17th century CE. The official language of Venad based at Kollam was also identified as Tamil by the natives of Venad in those times. The place names the dialects of Malayalam spoken and the customs those exist in Southern parts of Kerala still reveal a close relationship with Tamil heritage. Malayalam became more prevalent with the expansion of Venad into Travancore by annexing the regions upto present-day Ernakulam district.
In 1684 during the regency of Umayamma Rani the English East India Company acquired a sandy spit of land at Anchuthengu near Varkala on the sea coast about 32 kilometres (20 mi) north of Thiruvananthapuram city with a view to erecting a factory and fortifying it. The location had earlier been frequented by the Portuguese followed by the Dutch. It was from here that the English gradually extended their diplomacy to other parts of Travancore.
Modern history begins with Marthanda Varma (1729 CE–1758 CE) generally regarded as the Father of modern Travancore. Thiruvananthapuram was known as a great center of intellectual and artistic activity at this time.
The temple of Vishnu reclining on Anantha the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple is the most recognizable and iconic landmark of the city and the district and dates back to the 16th century. In addition to the presiding deity of Padmanabha this temple contains several shrines dedicated to Lord Krishna Lord Narasimha Lord Ganesha and Lord Ayyappa. It was built by King Marthanda Varma of the Travancore royal family in 1745 when he transferred the Travancore capital from Padmanabhapuram now in neighbouring Kanyakumari District in Tamil Nadu. King Marthanda Varma began his reign as 'Sree Padmanabhadasa' the Slave of Sree Padmanabha. The vast temple complex with its tall Gopuram decorated with detailed carvings reflected in a huge temple tank is today a center of attraction for devotees and sightseers.
The city was the capital of the Travancore state from 18th century CE until India's independence. Consequent to the recommendations of the State Reorganization Commission the Vilavancode subdistrict of Thiruvananthapuram was merged with Tamil Nadu along with another three southern subdistricts Thovala Agastheewaram and Kalkulam from Travancore which eventually formed Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari district. The state of Kerala came into being on 1 November 1956.
Tourism is a major sector of Thiruvananthapuram's economy. A full range of tourist options is available in the district including hill stations the Kerala backwaters beaches lagoons and wildlife sanctuaries. Kovalam & Varkala and its internationally known beaches are in Thiruvananthapuram district.
Thiruvananthapuram is a major destination for chartered flights to India for medical tourism with over fifty recognized Ayurveda centres in and around the city. The city also offers world-class modern hospitals. Convalescent facilities are available at nearby five-star beach resorts and hill stations.
The name Thiruvananthapuram shared by the district and its headquarters city comes from the Tamil word "Thiru-anantha-puram" meaning "Abode of Lord Anantha". The name derives from the deity of the Hindu temple at the center of Thiruvananthapuram city. Anantha is the serpent Shesha on whom Padmanabhan or Vishnu reclines. The district's official name in English was Trivandrum until 1991 when the government reinstated the city's original name Thiruvananthapuram in all languages.
National Highway 66 (formerly known as National Highway 47) stretches from Kaliyikkavila at its southern end to Navaikulam near Parippally in the north covering a distance of 80 km (50 mi) within the district. The Main Central Road covers a distance of 55 km (34 mi) passing through Kesavadasapuram Vembayam Venjaramoodu Kilimanoor and Nilamel in the north. The Kerala Public Works Department maintains some 1 552 km (964 mi) of road in the district. Local bodies are responsible for the maintenance of 9 500 km (5 900 mi) of road. There are 116 bridges in Thiruvananthapuram District.
Rail transport in the district is operated by Southern Railway zone of Indian Railways. Thiruvananthapuram is connected to the rest of the country by broad gauge railway line. 82 km (51 mi) of railway line passes through the district. Thiruvananthapuram district currently has 20 stations including Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station.
Domestic and international airlines operate from Trivandrum International Airport which has direct flights to many international cities including Kuwait City Dubai Dammam Singapore Malé Colombo Sharjah Muscat Manama Doha Jeddah and Abu Dhabi. Domestic flights link it with Chennai Delhi Mumbai Hyderabad Bangalore and Kolkata.
Thiruvananthapuram district is a major academic hub. The University of Kerala is in Thiruvananthapuram city. There are 20 arts and sciences colleges in the district and the estimated total number of students is 15 926. The University of Kerala has its research and higher-education centres at Kariavattom.
Thiruvananthapuram Medical College is the premier health institute of the state and one of the finest in the country. It is being upgraded to the status of an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Thiruvananthapuram's three main engineering colleges are the College of Engineering Trivandrum Government Engineering College Barton Hill and Sree Chitra Thirunal College of Engineering. The two main law colleges are the Government Law College Thiruvananthapuram and the Kerala Law Academy Law College. Among the many other well-known arts and sciences colleges are University College Thiruvananthapuram Mahatma Gandhi College Mar Ivanios College Government Arts College Thiruvananthapuram College of Fine Arts Trivandrum and Swathi Thirunal College of Music Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology Centre for Development Studies L B S Institute of Technology for Women Central Polytechnic College Vattiyoorkavu and the College of Engineering Attingal.
There are 1 129 schools in the district classified as Government Aided or Unaided schools.
Government schools are directly run by the state government and follow the state government syllabus.
Aided schools also follow the state syllabus. Additionally there are four Kendriya Vidyalayas and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya run directly by the Central government and following the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) syllabus.
Private schools run by education trusts or boards may follow any or all of the CBSE Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) or Kerala state syllabi. The first international school in Kerala the Trivandrum International School was started in August 2003.
There are 12 development blocks in the district: Parassala Perumkadavila Athiyanoor Nemom Thiruvananthapuram Rural Kazhakuttom Vellanad Nedumangad Vamanapuram Kilimanoor Chirayinkeezhu and Varkala. The District Rural Development Agency coordinates the work in these blocks. Several welfare schemes are being run in the blocks including the Swarnajayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY) Sampoorna Grameen Rozgar Yojana (SGRY) Total Sanitation Scheme (TSS) Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) Prime Minister's Grama Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) and the Indira Awaaz Yojana (IAY).
There are a number of villages in the district including Kaduvakuzhy 16 km from the state capital.
The most popular sports in the district are football and cricket. Basketball badminton and volleyball played mostly in schools are also popular.
The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) is headquartered in Thiruvananthapuram city. The Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium in city center is a prominent football stadium and has hosted both national and international-level matches. The University Stadium has hosted two international cricket matches. This stadium is part of the University of Kerala and has synthetic tracks for athletics. The Central Stadium has facilities for athletics football basketball and volleyball and has cricket practice nets. The Jimmy George Sports Complex is another major sports establishment in the district. The Kariavattom Outdoor Stadium is one of the largest international stadia and can be used for both cricket & football.
The media and information technology sectors are mainstays of Thiruvananthapuram district's economy and other major sectors are tourism and leisure agriculture and education. India's first animation park the Kinfra Animation Park is in the district.
Thiruvananthapuram district has 2 central-sector 14 state-sector 1 co-operative-sector 4 joint-sector and 60 private-sector medium- and large-scale enterprises. As of 31 March 2003 Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) units employed 9 262 people and had invested Rs. 3439.4 million. In 2002 there were 901 registered working factories including oil mills cashew factories Cotton mills Sawmills printing units rubber industrial units chemical units match factories general engineering units and automobile workshops. The Shree Mulam Thirunal Shashtiabdapoorthy Memorial Institute (S.M.S.M. Institute) in Thiruvananthapuram city is a major state government emporium marketing products of Kerala's handicraft industries.
The Neyyar Irrigation Project commissioned in 1959 irrigates an area of 116.65 km2 (45.0 sq mi). The Neyyar river is the source of water for the Neyyar reservoir. The dam is 294.13 metres (965.0 ft) long and 50.6 metres (166.0 ft) high. The catchment draining into the reservoir covering an area of 140 km2 (54 sq mi) of forest receives an annual average rainfall of about 2 260 mm (90 in) 2260 mm from the two monsoons. The total length of the main canal and its branches is 266 km (165 mi).
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The district is situated between 8°10′N 76°25′E / 8.17°N 76.41°E / 8.17; 76.41 and 8°32′N 77°10′E / 8.54°N 77.17°E / 8.54; 77.17. The southernmost part of the city Parassala is just 54 kilometres (34 mi) away from the southern peninsular tip of India Cape Comorin (Kanyakumari). The district stretches 78 kilometres (48 mi) along the shores of the Arabian Sea on the west. Kollam district lies to the north with the Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari districts of Tamil Nadu to the east and south respectively.
The climate of Thiruvananthapuram district is generally hot and tropical. Large forest reserves have a favorable effect on the climate and induce rains. Cold weather is experienced in the mountain ranges. Lower down the weather is bracing and generally hot in the coastal regions. The mean maximum temperature is 95 °F (35 °C) and the mean minimum temperature is 69 °F (20 °C). As the district stretches from north to south with the Arabian Sea to the west the relative humidity is generally high. It rises to about 95% during the southwest monsoon.
The total annual rainfall in the district is about 1 827.7 mm (72 in) per annum. The southwest monsoon from June to September is the principal rainy season during which the district receives most of its annual rainfall. The second rainy season is the Northeast monsoon from October to November. The district also experiences thunderstorm rains in the pre-monsoon months of April and May.
December to February are the coolest months. The average temperature drops to 69 °F (20 °C) in these months generally considered India's winter season. The summer season starts in February and continues until May. The average temperature rises to 95 °F (35 °C) in these months.
According to the 2011 census Thiruvananthapuram district has a population of 3 301 427. This gives it a ranking of 103rd in India out of a total of 640 districts. The district has a population density of 1 509 inhabitants per square kilometre (3 910/sq mi). Its population growth rate over the decade 2001–2011 was 2.25%. Thiruvananthapuram has a sex ratio of 1088 females for every 1000 males and a literacy rate of 92.66%.
|1901||484 493||— |
|1941||1 015 057||+1.71%|
|1951||1 327 812||+2.72%|
|1961||1 744 531||+2.77%|
|1971||2 198 606||+2.34%|
|1981||2 596 112||+1.68%|
|1991||2 946 650||+1.27%|
|2001||3 234 356||+0.94%|
|2011||3 301 427||+0.21%|
Malayalam is the mother tongue. Thiruvananthapuram city is more cosmopolitan with speakers of languages including Malayalam English Tamil Telugu Hindi Tulu and a small percentage of Marathi.
Hindus (66.46%) constitute the majority of the population followed by Christians (19.10%) and Muslims (13.72%). The Hindu community consists of Nairs Nadars Brahmins Ezhavas Viswakarma etc. The Christians belong mainly to the Latin Catholic Church the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church the Church of South India the Malankara Orthodox Church and the Syriac Orthodox Church(minority). The Sunni Muslim community also forms a major division of the total population.
More than 50% of the total population depends on agriculture for its livelihood. Agricultural workers constitute 42% of the total labour class. Most of the workforce is engaged in low-income low capital intensity occupations. Political and social awareness and the efforts of social religious and cultural leaders have contributed to breaking down the traditional feudal order. Economic changes have also had an impact on community social life and attitudes.
The headquarters of the district administration is at Kudappanakunnu Thiruvananthapuram. The district administration is headed by the District collector. He is assisted by five deputy collectors with responsibility for general matters land acquisition revenue recovery land reforms and elections.
There are six taluks: Neyyattinkara Thiruvananthapuram Nedumangad Chirayinkeezhu Varkala and Kattakkada each headed by a Tehsildar.
There are two parliamentary constituencies in the district. They are Attingal with constituency number 19 and Thiruvananthapuram with constituency number 20.
Thiruvananthapuram District (IPA: [t̪iɾuʋɐnɐn̪d̪ɐpuɾɐm] (listen)) is the southernmost district in the Indian state of Kerala. The district was created in 1949 with its headquarters in the city of Thiruvananthapuram which is also Kerala's capital. The present district was created in 1956 by separating the four southernmost Taluks of the erstwhile district to form Kanyakumari district.
The district is home to more than 9% of total population of the state.
The district covers an area of 2 192 square kilometres (541 655 acres). At the 2019 census it had a population of 34 545 868 making it the second most populous district in Kerala after Malappuram district. Its population density is the highest in Kerala with 1 509 inhabitants per square kilometre (3 910/sq mi). The district is divided into six subdistricts: Thiruvananthapuram Chirayinkeezhu Neyyattinkara Nedumangadu Varkala and Kattakada. The urban bodies in the district are the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation and the Varkala Neyyattinkara Attingal and Nedumangad municipalities.
Thiruvananthapuram district is located between 8°10′N 76°25′E / 8.17°N 76.41°E / 8.17; 76.41 and 8°32′N 77°10′E / 8.54°N 77.17°E / 8.54; 77.17. At the southernmost extremity of the district Kaliyikkavila is 54 kilometres (34 mi) from Kanyakumari the southernmost point on the Indian peninsula. 33.75% of the population lives in urban areas.
The district has three major rivers several freshwater lakes and over 300 ponds. Its eastern region is forested northern regions are mostly under rubber cultivation and the remaining areas grow mixed dry-land crops of coconut plantain and tapioca among others. Built-up areas and rice fields complete the land use pattern.