Sree Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is a remarkable structure having 100 feet high ‘gopuram’, in Dravidian style. A well-known pilgrimage centre and one of the foremost attractions in Thiruvananthapuram city was built by the Maharaja of Travancore with its seven storied carved gopuram in 1733.
There are intricate carvings, innumerable pillars and mural paintings of natural pigments. The major deity of the temple is the lord Vishnu, who reclines on the sacred serpent Ananda. The idol of lord Vishnu is around 18 feet long and a lotus rises from Vishnu’s navel and Brahma is seen in this lotus. Several arts forms like Koodiyattom, Nokkuvidya, Velakali, Krishnanattam, Pavakkoothu, and Kathakali flourished here under the patronage of this temple. The temple is located within the East Fort. Only Hindus are allowed to enter inside the temple and they strictly follows some dress regulations.
The front street of the temple is lined with a big market. Padmatheertha, is the temple pond located nearby for ritual bathing. The structural design is a blend of Kerala and Dravidian styles. It is a unique temple among the 108 sacred Vishnu Temples in India. During the October/November months is the Navarathri Festival when the musical concerts are held at the Navarathri Mandapam, nearby the main temple building.