Attractions around Anamthara
Attingal Palace is one of the 30 traditional Palaces constructed by the royal family of erstwhile Travancore, after the 18th century. Most of the palaces have now disappeared. One of the existing palaces is Attingal Palace. Attingal Palace is 32 Km north of Thiruvananthapuram. Attingal Palace had an important role in the history of Kerala. The first ever united rebellion against the British began here.
The Attingal Palace gained prominence in the 14th century when Udaya Marthanda Varma ascended the throne of Travancore. He adopted two princesses from the royal family of the Kolathiris of North Malabar. A palace for each one of them was built by the king at Attingal and Kunnummel.
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Padmanabhaswamy Temple is at Thiruvananthapuram. The temple is built in an intricate fusion of the indigenous Kerala style and the Tamil style of architecture associated with the temples located in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu, featuring high walls, and a 16th-century Gopuram.
Sree Padmanabhaswamy is the tutelary deity of the royal family of Travancore. The titular Maharaja of Travancore Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma is the trustee of the temple. In line with the Temple Entry Proclamation, only those who profess the Hindu faith are permitted entry to the temple and devotees have to strictly follow the dress code. The name of the city of Thiruvananthapuram in Malayalam translates to “The City of Lord Ananta”, referring to the deity of Padmanabhaswamy Temple.