What is unusual is the fact that village and urban lifestyles are interwoven. When you step into Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala, the dress, style of living and native attitudes remain an extension of the vast countryside. The green foliage is as thick, the canals intersperse the roadways and compound walls continue to be painted with an array of advertisements.
This attractive state capital is a seaside city, built over seven rolling hills. Tradition and legend dominate the city, even as every day life weaves modernity into the city in the shape of multistoreyed buildings, hospitals arid scientific institutions.