The host city, Thiruvanathapuram, is the capital of the state of Kerala. It carries a rich cultural heritage dating back to the 10th century AD. The city has an art and natural history museum namely the Napier Museum (1855). The city is synonymous with the world's richest temple Shri Padmanabha Swamy temple. It is home to the religious diversity and unity of Kerala, exemplified by the famous Palayam mosque sharing a common wall with the Ganapathy temple and the St. Joseph's Cathedral, on either side of its arterial MG road. It boasts of the natural beauty of the beaches at Kovalam and Shanghumukham.