Thiruvananthapuram formerly known as Trivandrum is a capital and largest city in Kerala. Situated on the southwestern tip of India, Thiruvananthapuram is bordered by the Arabian Sea in the west and Tamil Nadu on the east. Named after Anantha Padmanabha or Lord Vishnu, the city is home to many timeworn temples. But the landmark is the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple around which the city has been built on seven low hills. The wooded highlands of the Western Ghats in the eastern and northeastern borders give Thiruvananthapuram some of the most attractive picnic spots. A long seashore with internationally famous beaches, backwater stretches, historic monuments and a rich cultural heritage make this district a much sought-after tourist destination.