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Monuments

The Kanakakunnu Palace (Thiruvananthapuram)

The place and its sprawling grounds are today the venue for many cultural meets and programs

Padmanabhapuram Palace(Kanyakumari)
 
Located in a small village called Padmanabhapuram, at a distance of 65 kilometers from Thiruvananthapuram, Padmanabhapuram Palace is a magnificent palace that speaks volumes about the ancient architecture of Kerala. Padmanabhapuram palace is a place that should not be missed at any cost. The palace walls are adorned with ancient murals that date back to the 17th century. The ancient relics include royal seats with Chinese engravings, musical bow in mahogany, colored windows, beautifully painted and carved rosewood ceilings etc.
 
The interiors of the palace are magnificent and give an idea of the royal life that one must have led in the palace. A big hall called the Durbar hall has shiny black flooring. It may seem like a granite floor at a glance but in reality, the floor is made of a combination of jaggery, lime, burnt coconut, charcoal and river sand. This floor could not be duplicated again in any construction. The palace also has a secret underground escape route (now blocked), open air swimming pool, dance hall, massive paintings and idols of Indian Gods and Goddesses, carved figurines carrying lamps, etc. There is also a unique stonewall that is held together till date without the use of mortar.
 
 Thangasseri(Kollam)
 
The place was once ruled by Portuguese and so the ruins of Portuguese English and Dutch civilization and the wonderful picturesque view are the main attractions to visit during a tour to Thangasseri. Indeed, Thangasseri is the ideal place where you can easily get the perfect combination of history and natural beauty. The light a house, the old forts and monuments and the long golden beach facing the blue-green water of Arabian Sea.
 
Krishnapuram Palace(Alappuzha)
 
Built by Marthanda Varma, this place at Karthikapally in Kayamkulam is famous for its Mural painting the story of Gajendramoksham, which is 47 km south of Alappuzha.
 
 Chinese Fishing Nets /Vasco da Gama Square(Fort Cochin)
 
The huge cantilevered fishing nets are the legacy of one of the first visitors to the Malabar Coast. Erected here between 1350 and 1450 AD by traders from the court of Kublai Khan, these nets are set up on teak wood and Bamboo Poles. The best place to watch the net is lowered in to the sea and the catch being brought in is the Vasco da Gama Square, a narrow promenade that runs along the beach.
 
Pierce Leslie Bungalow(Fort Cochin)
 
This charming mansion was the office of Pierce Leslie& Co. ,coffee merchants founded in 1862.This building reflects Portuguese , Dutch and local influences. Waterfront verandahs are added attraction.
 
Mattancherry Palace /Dutch Palace (Open 1000 -17000 hrs ,Closed on Fridays)
 
Built by the Portuguese in 1557and presented to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi.the palace was renovated in 1663 by the Dutch. On display here are beautiful murals depicting Scenes from the epics ,Ramayana and Mahabharata ,and some of the Puranic Hindu legends .The palace also houses Dutch maps of old Kochi,royal palanquins, coronation robes of former Maharajas of Kochi as well as period furniture.
 
Shakthan Thampuran Palace(Thrissur)
 
Shakthan Thampuran Palace is in Thrissur City of Kerala state, South India. It is named as Vadakkekara Palace, was reconstructed in Kerala-Dutchstyle in 1795 by Sri. Ramavarma Thampuran of the erstwhile Princely State of Cochin, well as Sakthan Thampuran(Greatest ruler of the Cochindynasty) is preserved by Archaeological Department. Sakthan Thampuran Palace once belonged to the Perumpadappu Swaroopam, the ruling dynasty of Kochi. This was the centre of power of King Rama Varma Sakthan Thampuran, who ruled Kochi between AD 1790 and 1805. His rule was regarded as the Golden Era of the Cochin dynasty. The palace is close to the Vadakkumnathan Temple in Thrissur. It was once known as Vadakkechira Kovilakam and it was the king who renovated it into the present form. The palace keeps with it the historical remnants of some important events like the visit of Tipu Sultan with his army. The palace has a very old Sarpakavu (sacred serpent grove) in its premises. The palace has been recently renovated by the State Archaeology Department with a few additions like Bronze Gallery where one can find bronze statues belonging to the period between the 12th and the 18th centuries, Sculpture Gallery displaying granite statues from the 9th century to the 17th century, Numismatics Gallery, which systematically displays ancient coins, which were in circulation in the former province of Kochi and neighbouring kingdoms and the History gallery depicting some of the milestones of the Kochi dynasty and the Epigraphy Gallery
 
 

 
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