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The city of Thiruvananthapuram derives its name from Anantha, or “the thousand headed mythological serpent” on which Lord Vishnu reposes. This charming and sprawling capital of Kerela, is a window to the traditional culture and heritage of the state. Spread over seven low coastal hills, Thiruvananthapuramis embellished with ancient buildings, ancestral homes, roads and avenues laced with greenery, long shorelines, colonial mansions, and acres of land beautified with verdant palms. All these make Thiruvananthapuram an exotic blend of tradition and modernity. The ancient temples that embroider Thiruvananthapuram, symbolize the city’s strong cultural base and its strife to hold on to its roots and customs. Ayurveda, an ancient healing system is also a flourishing industry in Thiruvananthapuram. The placid hinterland and tranquil backwaters of Thiruvananthapuram lure tourists from all over the world. They come enticed by the promise of a reposeful and laidback holiday in “God’s own Country”.