Archdiocese of Trivandrum
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The Archdiocese of Trivandrum (Latin rite) covers 686 square kilometers in total.

Language

Malayalam, English and Tamil are the languages spoken in the diocesan territory.

History

It is half a millennium since Christianity had taken roots along the coastal area of Trivandrum, from Eraimmanthurai in the south to Ayroor on the north. Starting with foreigners, the mission is still an ongoing process in the Diocese of Trivandrum.

The Diocese of Trivandrum was erected on July 1, 1937 from the Diocese of Quilon.

On June 14, 1996 the Diocese of Trivandrum lost territory to the newly erected Diocese of Neyyattinkara.

It was on June 3, 2004 when the Diocese of Trivandum was elevated to an Archdiocese. Suffragan dioceses are the Diocese of Alleppey, Neyyattinkara, Punalur and Quilon.

Climate

The weather and climate of Trivandrum is hot tropical. There is not much difference in the temperature of summer and winter months. Humidity rises to as high as 90 percent during the south-west monsoon. The Trivandrum district gets rainfall from both the south-west Monsoon and the north-east Monsoon.

The south-west monsoon sets in by June and lasts by the month of September whereas the north-east monsoon starts in October and fades by November. During the months of April and May, the mean daily maximum temperature in Trivandrum may rise to 35° Celsius whereas in December-January, the temperature may go down to 20° Celsius. The best time to visit Trivandrum is between November to March.

Topography

Trivandrum Latin archdiocese is headquartered in Kerala's capital city Thiruvananthapuram, formerly known as Trivandrum. It is situated between north latitudes 8° 17' and 8° 54' and east longitudes 76° 41' and 77° 17'. The archdiocese is bounded by the Arabian Sea on the West and Western Ghat on the East. The wooded highlands on the Western Ghats in the eastern and northeastern borders give Thiruvananthapuram some of the most enchanting picnic spots. A long shoreline, with internationally renowned beaches, historic monuments, backwater stretches and a rich cultural heritage make this district a much sought after tourist destination.