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Kerala Monuments
Monuments of Kerala

Much of Kerala's exotic appeal is centered in the highland area of the western Ghats. Rising to an average height of 1520 m, the tropical forests of the Ghats house rich flora and fauna. Not to speak of expansive, loamy plantations of tea, coffee, rubber and fragrant cardamon.

  Bekal Fort
The 300 year old fort is one of the largest and best preserved fort in Kerala. This imposing circular laterite structure rises 130 ft above sea level and stands on a 35 acre headlad that runs into the Arabian Sea.
  Kuthiramalika (Puthenmalika) Palace Museum
The Palace wea designer and built by Maharajah Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma, the poet king, musician, social reformer and statesman. This rare specimen of workmanship in the traditional Travancore style has exquisite wood carving and displays priceless paintings and other articles.
  Padmanabha Swamy Temple
Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple is a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture. It is known for its mural paintings and other articles.
 
  Sre Chitra Gallery
Located near the Napier Museum, this art gallery displas select paintings of Raja Ravi Verma, Svetlova and Nicholas Roerich and exquisite works from the Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools of art in India. The collection also includes paintings from China, Tobet and Bali.
Open : 1000 - 1700 hrs
Closed : Monday & Wednesday forenoons.
 
  Jewish Synagogue

The oldest synagogue in the comon wealth, this was constructed in 1568. Hand painted willow patterned floor tiles, Hebrew inscriptions on stone slabs, scrolls from the Old Testament, ancient script on copper plates etc. are the attractions here.
The Synagogue is open from 10 am to 12 noon and 3 pm to 5 pm on all days except Saturdays and Jewish holidays .

 
  Mattancherry (Dutch) Palace

Built in 1557, the palace has on display murals depicting scenes from the Indians epics and legends, Dutch maps, period furniture and royal collection. It was later taken over by the Dutch who improved it through extensions and repairs in 1663 AD. Mattancherry Palace is a portrait gallery of the kings of Cochin.

 
  Hill Palace Museum
The Palsce complex built in 1865 houses an ethno archaeological museum and Kerala's first ever heritage museum.This museum showcases wealth and prosperity of erstwhile royal family of Cochin. including the king's throne and crown. Also on display are other trapping of royalty like majestic beds, paintings , carving and samples of epigraphy. Tripunithura is also known for the nearby Chottanikkara Temple and the Tripunithura Temple.
 
  St. Angelo Fort
Built by the first Portuguese Viceroy, DOn Fransiscan De Almeda in 1505, this fort became one of the important military centres of the Dutch and later the British in Malabar.