which was previously called Trivandrum, is an ancient city with
tradition dating back to 1000 BC. Thiruvananthapuram became the
capital of Raja of Travancore in 1750. The name is derived from
'Tiru Ananta Puram', the abode of the Sacred serpent Ananta, upon
whose coils Vishnu lies in the main temple.
is a peaceful attractive city built across seven hills, the city's
old quarter clusters around the temple, while along the busy Mahatma
Gamdhi Road are colonial mansions, churches and modern high-rises.
Thiruvananthapuram had managed to retain some of the ambience
characteristics of Kerala such as red tiled roofs, narrow winding
lanes and intimate corner cafes.