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Thiruvananthapuram which was previously called Trivandrum, is an ancient city, traditional and majestic in its flavour.Thiruvananthapuram became the capital of Raja of Travancore in 1750. The city gets its name from the word, Thiru-anantha-puram, meaning the city of Anantha or the abode of the sacred Serpent Anantha on which Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the Hindu trinity, reclines.Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the state of Kerala, houses many places of historic interest in the district.

Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Sree Chithra Art Gallery, Napier Museum, Kuthiramalika Palace, Kanakakkunnu Hall, Agasthyakoodam, Anjengo etc are all places of historical significance in Thiruvananthapuram. The Temple here is the most important landmark of the city,and is a major historic attraction, portraying both Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture. This historic building is a grand seven storied structure adorned by innumerable stone carvings, ancient inscriptions and colourful murals. There are around 324 pillars in the corridor of this fascinating temple.

Ancient town

The Art Gallery, a traditional building established in 1935, has a century old world famous paintings of Raja Ravi Varma who pioneered the art of oil painting in the country.This historic centre in Thiruvananthapuram houses the collections of the Travancore ruling family, and includes an interesting assortment of turn-of-the-century Bengali school paintings, Rajasthani and Mughal miniatures etc.

The small historical town of Anjengo houses a fort built with the permission of the Queen of Attingal in 1695. The beach ruins of the fort and flagstaff, tombs of the Dutch and British are some historic sites in the destination.

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