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.