The monuments of Kerala boasts historical and cultural heritage of the state that dates back to centuries. Each of the structure built here is an epitome of magnificent architecture and craftsmanship of the artisans. Some of the famous monuments of the state are listed below :
The Bolghatty Palace was constructed in the year 1744 as the Governor's residence. The palace now serves as a KTDC hotel by the same name, which is a two storied structure whose walls are adorned with historical portraits.
Located on the banks of the Periyar, the Alwaye Palace offers accommodation to travelers. The Guest House comprises a circular verandah that offers a striking view of the entire Periyar River.
Bekal Fort is a famous Kerala attraction which is believed to be 300 years old. The fort was constructed in the year 1650s by Sivappa Naik. Originally built as a defensive structure, the fort also houses an old mosque that was built during the reign of the Mysore forces.
Constructed in the year 1865, this monument was the official residence of Kochi’s Royal Family. The residence today stands as a famous Heritage Museum that showcases royal relics such as the furniture, king’s throne (simhasana), paintings, manuscripts, inscriptions and coins. Some of the other things on display here are murals, sculptures, antiques pottery, rock cut caves and temple and object models from the civilizations of Mohanjodaro and Harappa.
Vasco House was constructed in the 16th century as a residence for the famous Portuguese sailor Vasco Da Gama. Located at Ernakulam within the Fort Kochi, the house is known for its Balcony cum Verandas as well as paned windows made from European glass.
It was erected in the early 16th century for the Portuguese Governor as a residence. Perched over a small hill rock, house is noted for its Gothic arches. Moreover, the circular garden path leading up to the main entrance is another highlight here.
The Gundert Bungalow served as the residence of Dr. Hermann Gundert, a scholar who compiled the first Malayalam dictionary and it was here itself that 'Paschimodayam', Kerala’s oldest newspaper developed .Deep eaves, huge doors and wide verandah are the highlights of the Bungalow. In modern times, the Bungalow is being run as a technical training institute.