Thiruvananthapuram: City of Lord Anantha
As the Captain announces landing, on the Trivandrum bound flight and the aircraft banks to one side, all you see is an endless stretch of a green canopy of coconut trees stretching right up to the horizon. Considered one of the 10 greenest cities in India, Thiruvananthapuram, the colonial alias being Trivandrum gets its name from the Malayalam word thiru-anantha-puram, meaning the “City of Lord Ananta.” Anantha is the infinitely coiled serpent on whom Padmanabha or Vishnu, the keeper of the Universe reclines at the Padmanabhaswamy temple in the centre of the city.
Trivandrum is a nice and mild introduction to the urban frenzy of Indian cities. Before you go chilling at the nearby beach resorts of Varkala and Kovalam, make sure you walk through Kerala’s history at the Museum of History and Heritage and marvel at the interiors of the wooden Napier Museum.
Trivandrum is also well equipped to quench your spiritual thirst. It has a wide variety of courses to choose from, the picturesque Sivananda Ashram at Neyyar Dam reservoir being one of the best options.