Ponmudi…Day 2Located within a short driving distance of Thiruvananthapuram, Ponmudi is an enchanting hill resort. We decided to visit this amazingly beautiful place. As if the narrow winding pathways and cool, green surroundings were not enough, God sent clouds and rain showers to make my heart dance like a peacock. Along with a beautiful array of mountain flowers, exotic butterflies and small rivulets, Ponmudi offers excellent opportunities for trekking. With its tea estates and mist covered valleys Ponmudi is a must visit. And so our day was made!The evening was spent at Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple located inside the East Fort in Thiruvananthapuram. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture. The history of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple dates back to 8th century. It is one of the 108 sacred Vishnu temples. The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Vishnu, reclining on Anantha, the hooded Serpent. The architecture stands out for its work in stone and bronze and the interiors are adorned by beautiful paintings and murals. Some of them are that of the life-size images of Lord Vishnu in the reclining posture, Narasimha Swamy (half-lion, half man incarnation of Lord Vishnu), Lord Ganapati and Gaja Lakshmi. The temple has a dhwaja stamba (flag post) that is about 80 ft high and is covered with gold plated copper sheets.