Famous Monuments of Kerala
Kerala which is famous for palm fringed beaches, rich green backwaters, blooming hills, cool coconut groves, dense paddy fields, rain forests and much morealso noted for great collection of architectural monuments. It’s not wrong to say that Kerala varied monuments represent its art and architecture, powers and prosperity of an ancient period and cultural heritage through its amazing sight which no doubt truly remarkable and admirable. So if you want to discover the colorful cultural and architectural splendor of Kerala, here the information aboutcite a big glimpse of historical and cultural wealth of the state.
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Top 10 Historical Monuments in Kerala
1. Mattancherry Palace
Mattancherry Palace also noted as “Dutch Palace” in Jew Town Road in Mattancherry, Kochi was initially constructed by Portuguese but over the year 1555 it was presented by Portuguese to the Raja of Cochin(Kochi), henceforth it has been introduced as “Dutch Palace”.
Its quadrangular(four-sided) construction in traditional Kerala architectural style, temples arts and potraits, impressive collection of mural paintings that wonderfully represent the scenes of the Hindu epics (Mahabharata and Ramayana) and different display of the Rajas of Kochi are really outstanding, striking and no wonder make this Palace a tourist hot spot all year round.
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2. Bekal Fort
300 years ancient long-lasting Bekal fort, extending above an area of 40 acres is nestled in Kasargod district, Kerala is generally noted for its attraction and wonderful view, its watertank that control a flight of moves, examination towerand the tunnel entrancing facings the south arethe superb features that enthrall all kind of tourists and make this fort a blazing fort of Kerala.
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3. Krishnapuram Palace
Around 18th century created Krishnapuram Palace by Marthanda Varma at a distance of 47 km from Alappuzha is famous for classic Kerala style of architecture and displays of Travancore Maharaja Marthanda Varma like old paintings and inscription, coins, stone monument leftover, antiques created with wood and stone sculpture are undeniably outstanding.
Other items on display that mesmerize tourists include antique bronze sculptures, paintings, ritual utensils, oil lamps, attractive miniature figures and small stone columns sculpted with serpent idols. A currently built Buddha mandapam houses a statue of Buddha is also a center of attractions for tourists.
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4. Jewish Synagogue
Jewish Synagogue also noted as “Koch Paradesi Synagogue” or “Mattancherry Synagogue”is the earliest and wonderful structure of year 1568 in Jew Town Road (near the Dutch Palace) in Mattancherry Kerala.This Synagogue (church) enthrals several tourists every year because of its splendid furnishings.
It’s wonderful Chinese tiles and attractive Belgian chandeliers that have been used to decorate during the whole churchand10th century copper plates reserved given to Joseph Rabban (the oldest noted as Kochi Jew) and many gracefully made gold and silver crowns gifted to the church by different supporters are undeniably a very interesting sight for tourists.
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5. Bolghatty Palace
Bolghatty Palace is the earliest,around 1744 year Dutch Palace outside Holland by Dutch traders in Kochi city of Kerala which today has been transformed into a heritage hotel for tourists and offers world class amenities and excellent holidaying options through its splendid features: its 9 hole golf course, swimming pool, ayurvedic center and daily Kathakali performance are some feature that captivate tourists all year round
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6. Hill Palace Museum
Around 1865 year constructed biggest archaeological Hill Palace Museum is situated in Tripunithura,Kochi over an area of 56 acres of land. Its 49 traditional Kerala architectural style building and all types of grand remains or antiques including the royal furniture, the “simhasana” ( chair of royalty or the king's chair), 19th century paintings, murals, sculptures in stone and plaster of Paris, manuscripts, inscriptions and coins, antique pieces of pottery and ceramic vases from China and Japan, rock cut caves from the early iron age, wooden temple models and models of objects from Mohanjodaro and Harappa are some articles that amaze all kind of tourists to visit here .
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7. Koyikkal Palace
Late around 15th century built “Koyikkal Palace” by Umayamma Rani of the Venad Grand Family is situated at a distance of 18 km from Thiruvananthapuram houses the first “Folklore Museum” and the Numismatics Museum of Kerala. The Folklore Museum exhibit items like strange musical instruments, business tools, household utensils; models of folk arts etc. together with ancient manuscripts and dress material made of the skin of trees (Maravuri) that captivate not only musician but all kind of tourists.
Despite all these the Numismatic Museum displays of coins from varied parts of the world as well as from distinct eras are undeniably remarkable.
8. Poonjar Palace
Poonjar Palace in Kottayam district of Kerala noted as a good example of old abundant history. As this Palace houses a broad collection of grand antiques, wonderful sculptures, lamps carved from rocks, classic furniture that includes a droni or a treatment bed and a cart, wonderful chandeliers, attractive lamps, jewel boxes, grain measures and palm leave carvings that no doubt enlarge the grace of the palace. Here together with all these articles tourists will take a glimpse of fine craftsmanship in the statues, “the Nataraja sculptures and weapons” and a unique “conch” which is used in rituals.
Another attraction that captivates tourists is a fascinating copy of the Madurai Meenakshi Temple inside the local area of the Poonjar Palace and the walls of the temple that are decorated with sculptures and cite stories from the Puranas. However the most wonderful thing that differ this temple from other is the row of lamps or Chuttuvilakku which are twisted from rocks.
9. Sakthan Thampuran Palace
Sakthan Thampuran Palace in Thrissur district, Kerala has grasps landmark significance in the chronicles of Perumpadappu Swaroopam (the former dynasty that ruled Kochi) no doubt demonstrate a number of inspiring and extraordinary displays of the formers rulers of Kochi. Its Dutch and Kerala style of architecture, tall roofs, spacious rooms, extra thick walls, floor with lightly levelled Italian marbles are very attractive and moreover despite all these its big museum with anumber of galleries like the Epigraphy gallery, the Bronze gallery, the Numismatics gallery, a Sculpture gallery and an ancient Serpent forest (cluster of trees), where serpents are worshiped and the Heritage Gardenon the southern side of the Shakthan Palace are outstanding and simply mesmerize a lot of tourists to visit here all year round.