Anantha means endless or eternal. Anantha is the holy serpent with thousand heads on which reclines Vishnu, one of the Hindu trinity, the preserver. Anantha carries the whole world on his heads. He is mighty and powerful next only to Lord Vishnu. He came onto the earth in incarnation, once as Balaram, the elder brother of Lord and next as Laxmana, the young brother of Sree Rama. Thiruvanthapuram, meaning the citadel of Anantha, formerly known as Trivandrum is the capital city of the state of Kerala.
With the backdrop of this mythological significance, Thiruvantapuram draws attraction of visitors to its ancient culture and tradition galvanized into the comforts and pleasures of modernity. Perched on undulating coastal hills on southern end of India, the backwaters afford fascinating spectacles to the tourists. The amalgamation of nature with modern facilities created by man entices tourists not only to visit Thiruvanthapuram, but also to enjoy and get lost in its romantic ambience.
The first place for a visitor to go is pay homage to Lord Vishnu and Anantha at the Sri Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Temple, the most ancient temple situated at the Padma Teertham Tank. Excellent stone carvings and pavilions surrounding the temple keep the visitors astounded. The spectacle of the eternal slumber of Lord Vishnu below the thousand-hooded Anantha provides great solace and pacification to the tourists. The holy bliss of the divine protector is believed to eliminate all problems of devotees. Other temples are Kaniyankara Devi Temple, Palkulangara Devi Temple and Sree Bhagirathy Temple.
The Vettukad Church, 7 km away from Thiruvanthapuram attracts tourists around the world to its annual celebration of the Feast of the Christ. While sojourning at Thiruvantampuram, visitors will have great delight in visiting Sankhumugham Beach and the Kyalam Beach to enjoy the swaying palm trees and the thrilling water sports. The silvery sand of the sea shore leaves a permanent imprint in the minds of the visitors.
Aruvikkara, 16 km away from Thiruvanthapuram is a hot spot for picnickers. They can pay homage to goddess Bhagvathy, the embodiment of female at the temple situated on the bank of the river Karamana. Visitors are greatly elated to feed fish in their natural habitat in the river. Added to these, tourists can undertake trekking onto the waterfall, nearby.
Beema Palli, 5 km away from Thiruvanthapuram is a popular destination for Muslims, although those of other faiths too visit this dargah dedicated to a pious Muslim lady known as Beema Devi. It is believed that her bliss fulfills every desire and murad.
Vizhinjam near Koyalam is a fishing harbor that attracts tourists for its pioneer project for generating electricity from wave energy.
Tourist with historical interest can pay visit to Anchuthengu Fort, 36 km away from Thiruvanthapuram and Padmanabhapuram Palace, 54 km away. The carved wood work of the temple has its exclusiveness for the visitors. Kovikkal Palace is located at 18 km away from Thiruvanthapuram on the way to Ponmudi hill satation and Kuttalam water fall that has immense tourist value.
The modern city of Thiruvanthapuram takes back its visitors to the earthly abode of Lord Vishnu in deep slumber in the Ocean of Milk and get their desires fulfilled.