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DateLine Sunday, 8 April 2007

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The Ananthapadmanabhasvami Temple in Trivandrum.


This large jewellery store sits in middle of Alleppey which is in fact a sprawling fishing village interconnected by a large network of canals


Commuting by boat is the order of the day in and around Allepey and Kollam



Billboards popping through the hustle and bustle of Trivandrum


Sunset in Allepey


Kettuvallams, a type of boat used mainly for picnic purposes seen parked in a row in a Kollam canal

Once surrounded by the splendour the royalty of Travancore the bustling city of Trivandrum still sits amidst its past glory. There are still many monumental evidence that reminds one of the past that had the Maharajahs of Travancore rule this city with grand fanfare.

The Temple of Sri Ananthapadmanabhasvami built during the rule of the Maharajahs to revere Lord Vishnu is visited by every Hindu that visits this old city thronging with crowds all round the year.

One amongst the many attractions on offer for tourists visiting this exciting city of Kerala today is a visit to the backwaters connecting Alleppey and Kollam, which is the southern gateway to the backwaters, on ce used widely during Dutch rule.

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