Anantha Padmanabha, a form of Lord Vishnu, is considered as the presiding deity of Thiruvananthapuram.
The 'moolasthanam' (origin) of this temple is believed to be the lake temple at Ananthapura in Kasaragod district, some 500km north of Thiruvananthapuram.
Kerala is distinctively unique compared to its larger neighboring states.
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The pomp and fanfare apart, touring backwaters of Kerala in houseboat is an expensive affair. The rates are usually steep, running into a couple of thousand rupees per night, even during the off season.