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Culture of Thiruvananthapuram


The International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), held in November/December every year, has been acknowledged as one of the leading such events in India.6 The well-informed, serious-minded audience in the city frames the success of IFFK. Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, founded in 1998, bases their activities in Thiruvananthapuram. The city holds the largest number of theaters in the state, all within a radius of 3 km.7

Cuisine and Festivals

Kanakakkunnu Palace Compounds - A popular hang out place of people of Thiruvananthapuram

The city breaks into a festive mood during the festival season of Onam in August/September, and during the tourist season later in the year. The state government conducts the tourism week celebrations every year during Onam with cultural events taking place at various centers in the city. The other major events include the annual flower show, the Attukal Pongala, the Aaraat of Padmanabha Swamy Temple, the Beemapally Uroos, Vettucaud Perunaal, etc.

Apart from that, both government and non-government groups organize cultural festivals through out the year. The 75-day annual Soorya Festival provides an example of one of such prominent event in the city. This festival has been acclaimed as the longest running cultural festival in the world8 and covers literature, movies, dance, music, theater and folk arts.9 Other major annual cultural festivals include the week long Swathi Music Festival held in January, nine day long Navaratri Music fete held in September/October, 10 day long Nishagandhi Dance and Music show, and five day long Nishagandhi Musical nights, International Film Festival of Kerala.

People generally enjoy Keralite cuisine, characterized by an abundance of coconut and spices. Other South Indian cuisines, as well as Chinese and North Indian cuisines, have a popular following. Fast food culture pervades the city.


  1. ↑ Swathi Thirunal, A Brief History of the Trivandrum Museum, Zoo and Gardens. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  2. ↑ Swathi Thirunal, Thiruvananthapuram Public Library. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  3. ↑ Indian Art Circle, Raja Ravi Varma. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  4. ↑ Sankar Radhakrishnan, Kinfra Film & Video Park to house animation zone Hindu Business Line, December 26, 2003. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  5. ↑ Theatre opened at Kinfra park The Hindu, July 21, 2005. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  6. ↑ Government of Kerala. International Film Festival of Kerala. IFFK (International Film Festival of Kerala). Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  7. ↑ The cinema capital The Hindu, July 19, 2011. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  8. ↑ Soorya fest begins Hindu Business Line, September 21, 2005. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  9. ↑ Soorya's cultural extravaganza from Thursday The Hindu, March 23, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2017.


  • Subramoniam, V. I. (People and Culture). Thiruvananthapuram: International School of Dravidian Linguistics, 1993. OCLC 61819996
  • Subramoniam, V. I. Dravidian Encyclopaedia. Vol. 2, People and Culture. Thiruvananthapuram: International School of Dravidian Linguistics, 1993. OCLC 45558287
  • Subramoniam, V. I. Dravidian Encyclopaedia. Thiruvananthapuram: International School of Dravidian Linguistics, 1990. OCLC 27815603

External Links

All links retrieved November 24, 2017.

  • Swathi Thirunal web site.
  • Royal Website.
  • Official website of Kerala Chalachitra Academy.