Thiruvananthapuram Historical Timeline

Thiruvananthapuram has a strong history which is reflected through this pictorial timeline.The important events that have shaped the history of Thiruvananthapuram is outlined here.


The English East India Company tried to have control at Anchuthengu.

1684

The rise of modern Thiruvananthapuram began with accession of Marthanda Varma.

1729

Thiruvananthapuram was made the capital of Travancore.

1745

Maharaja Swathi Thirunal ushered in an epoch of cultural progress and economic prosperity.

1829

Beginning of English education by opening an English school at Thiruvananthapuram.

1834

An observatory and a charity hospital were established at Thiruvananthapuram.

1836

During the reign of Ayilyam Thirunal, a fully equipped Arts College was started.

1870

The Shri Moolam Assembly came into being.

1904

The rule of Chitra Thirunal Bala Rama Varma

1931

The promulgation of Temple Entry Proclamation

1936

Establishment of the University of Travancore, which later became the Kerala University.

1937

A political conference of the Congress was held in the city under the presidency of Dr. Pattabi Sitaramaiah.

1938

With the end of the British rule, Travancore chose to join the Indian union.

1947

The first popular ministry headed by Pattom Thanu Pillai was elected.

March 24, 1948

When the state of Kerala was formed, Thiruvananthapuram became the capital of the new state.

Nov 1, 1956

Establishment of Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS).

1962

The first Indian space rocket was developed and launched from the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC).

1963

Establishment of Technopark—India's first IT park.

1995

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