Kerala Secretariat, the seat of administration of the state, is a mighty whitish Victorian structure located at
. The construction was started during the period of His Highness Ayilyam Tirunal, the then
of Travancore and was completed in 1869.
The building is a classical example of British décor and was designed by Barton, a British chief engineer. The crowning of His Highness Chithira Tirunal, the last king of Travancore, was held at the Secretariat. The assembly hall, now a historical monument, attached with the Secretariat complex was inaugurated in 1936. Visitors are allowed only after 15.00 hrs with an entry pass.
Trivandrum International Airport is at Shanghumugham, 7 km from the city and Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station is in the heart of the city. British Library, University College and VJT Hall are nearby.