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A favourite among the tourists worldwide, the city of Thiruvananthapuram extends along the coastal fringes of the Arabian Sea with the undulating Western Ghats set as the backdrop. The city being a major tourist destination, a leading healthcare hub and also a prime center in the areas of technology and science, is visited all round the year by tourists and travellers from all across the world. In fact, the city is developed extensively not only in these fields but also in various areas, which are integral to the daily life and activities for the people here. These activities in Thiruvananthapuram include the different types of sports and athletics that are popular among the young and old alike, Trivandrum being a premium base for many advanced sports facilities found across the entire town.
Sports Facilities in Thiruvananthapuram
Games that are liked and played by most of the sports enthusiasts in Thiruvananthapuram are cricket and football. Other games that are popular among the youngsters in Trivandrum are volleyball, basketball and badminton. Thiruvananthapuram is home to the headquarters of the Kerala Cricket Association, which features state-of-the-art facilities for cricket training and practice. Conveniences for other games and sports like bowling are also featured at the sports complex of Kerala Cricket Association. These facilities include the astro-turf indoor training zone, two turfs for net practice, a well-equipped gymnasium for aerobics training, bowling alleys, physiotherapy unit, well furnished quarters for trainers and players, guestrooms and offices.
Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium
A modern sports facility located right at the center of the bustling city life in Thiruvananthapuram is the Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium. It has been the venue for two international and several national football games. Artificial tracks designed for various athletic events are some of the main features of this football stadium in Thiruvananthapuram. Other important stadiums in Trivandrum include the Central Stadium which is a spacious sports facility nearby the Government Secretariat that has all necessary equipments and conveniences for different types of sports activities including cricket, football, volleyball, basketball and athletics.
Kariavattom Outdoor Stadium
The Kariavattom Outdoor Stadium, an outdoor facility promoting sports like football and cricket in Thiruvananthapuram is about to be built in the city as the first in the nation based on the concept of Design-Build-Operate and Transfer. The 35th National Games are about to be held here, the playground being designed conforming to the rules and regulations of ICC and FIFA.
Facilities Promoting Sports in Thiruvananthapuram
Other leading facilities promoting sports in Thiruvananthapuram include the Lakshmi Bai National College for Physical Education, GV Raja Sports School and the Jimmy George Indoor Stadium. The Jimmy George Stadium has also a state-of-the-art swimming pool situated near to it in Vellayambalam, this swimming pool being a very important venue for the major national and state level swimming contests.
Clubs in Thiruvananthapuram
The football clubs housed in the city of Thiruvananthapuram are the Titanium and the football club of State Bank of Travancore - Thiruvananthapuram. The Thiruvananthapuram Golf Club, one of the earliest built golf courses in the Indian Subcontinent, and the Trivandrum Tennis Club, are positioned in Kowdiar.