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India officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second most populous country, and the most populous liberal democracy in the world. India is a union of twenty-eight states and seven federally-governed union territories. New Delhi is the capital of India.
 
Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of the Indian state of Kerala and the headquarters of the Thiruvananthapuram District. It is located on the west coast of India near the extreme south of the mainland. Referred to by Gandhi as the evergreen city of India, the city is characterized by its undulating terrain of low coastal hills and busy commercial alleys. With almost 745,000 inhabitants per the 2001 census, it is the largest and most populous city in Kerala; the wider urban agglomeration having a population of about one million. Thiruvananthapuram literally means City of Lord Anantha in Malayalam. The name derives from the deity of the Hindu temple at the centre of the city.
 
Thiruvananthapuram is an ancient city with trading traditions dating back to 1000 BC, Before Christ. It is believed that the ships of King Solomon landed in a port called Ophir in Thiruvananthapuram in 1036 BC. The city was the trading post of spices, sandalwood and ivory. However, the ancient political and cultural history of the city was almost entirely independent from that of the rest of Kerala. The early rulers of the city were the Ays. With their fall in the 10th century, the city was taken over by the rulers of Venad.
 
The city is administered by the Trivandrum Corporation headed by the Mayor. The city council is democratically elected and comprises of 84 members representing the different city wards. Most of the city comes under the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency. The exponential growth of the services and information technology based sectors coupled with its prominence as the state capital and tourist centre has caused considerable strain on the transport infrastructure of the city.

Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace. Thiruvananthapuram enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers.

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