Kerala Monuments

Cheraman Juma Masjid
Cheraman Juma Masjid in Kodungalloor.Juma masjid was the first mosque in India. It was built in 629 A.D. and resembles a temple in appearance but is a mosque. This was rebuilt recently as certain parts were damaged due to natural catastrophes.

Bolghatty Palace
This particular palace was built by the Dutch in the year 1744, in Ernakulam on an island, off Cochin in the Arabian Sea. This building is considered to be huge and magnificent towering over and definitely a site to see for every tourist. It was also the Governor’s palace at one point of time and later it served as the residence for the Britishers when they were in power. As of now, this monumental structure is converted into one of the most prestigious hotels that is managed by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation.

Bekkal Fort
One is mistaken if he thinks Kerala is only on the greener side and doesnot have forts like most of thye north Indian states have.But one such large and well preserved fort in Kerala,is the Bekkal Fort, in Kasarkode,which is 16 km south on the National Highway. The beautiful Bakkel beach with the historic and archaeologically significant fort in the background is now being developed, into an international tourist destination.An old mosque near the fort is believed to have been built by the Mysore forces. After the British overthrew him, the fort came under the East India Company.

St. Sebastian Church
Churches are a sight not be missed if you are a visitor for the first time to this lovely state.Portuguese missionaries established one of the most important pilgrim centres of the Christians in Kerala, popularly known as St. Sebastian Church, 22 kms; north of Alleppey.The Christian community also lives with pride in this state which offers a mix of culture and tradition for them too. Sebastian Church is near Sherthallai. The feast of St. Sebastian is held here every January.

Guruvayur
Religion is another flavour of life.Here the people are staunch devotees of the God Vishnu and also other God and Goddesses.Thrissur is a good base for a pilgrim trip to Guruvayur, 32 kms away. It is among India’s most important pilgrimage centers and is also known as the Dwaraka of the South. Supporting this flavor are many other temples like the Sree Krishna Swamy Temple, which attracts thousands of pilgrims is said to date prior to the 16th century. Tradition has it that Guru-the preceptor of the Devas, and Vayu-the Lord of the Winds created the temple. The temple is dedicated to Krishna known here as Guruvayurappan or the Lord of Guruvayur.

Padmanabhapuram Palace
Though located at Thuckalai in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu, (65 kms south of Thiruvananthapuram) this former palace of Travancore is a splendid example of Kerala architecture. It is a highly protected and well-preserved monument of the Kerala State Archaeology Department. The palace is noted for its excellent wood architecture and murals.These wood work has immense value as far as craftsmen ship is concerned.

The Churches or Muttuchira (Kottayam)
Situated on the MC Road, between Vaikom and Kaduthuruthi, Muttuchira has an interesting conglomeration of three churches of different periods built in the same compound.This is an unique site that is found here as there are three periods that come into contact and the differences are seen. These churches display distinctive features of the evolution of Church architecture in Kerala, the oldest of which is a typical example of Neo-Boroque style.

Krishnapuram Palace
This is also another very priced and protected monument of the state of Kerala. A former palace of Travancore kings, it was built in the 18th century at Krishnapuram in Kayamkulam.This monument is often referred to as a miniature model of Padmanabhapuram Palace.

Palace and Jewish Synagogue (Mattancherry)
It was built in 1568 AD, the great scrolls of the Old Testament, the copper plates in which the grants of privilege made by the Kerala rulers Bhaskara Varma in A.D 1000 and the exquisite Chinese hand painted tiles are of interest. The most amazing factor in this creation is the different display of tiles in the synagogue where no two tiles are alike and are two hundred years old. There are also several finely wrought gold and silver crowns gifted to the synagogue by various patrons.

Hill Palace Museum (Ernakulam)
This museum displays the erstwhile wealth and prosperity of the royal family of Cochin, including the king’s throne and crown. Also on display are the other things of royalty like the majestic beds, which the kings and the queens used, paintings, carving and samples of epigraphy.

Arackal Palace & Kannur Fort
The Arackal Palace is the sole Royal household of Muslims in Kerala.It is located at Kannur. The Arackkal Family was known as Arackkal Beevi.