Meandering canals, scenic backwater, brackish lagoons, and an enchanting tranquillity- the name Kerala is sure to evoke these images in your mind. While the God’s own Country is famous for its lush natural beauty, many of you are not aware that this place is also thriving with a rich history.
It still bears the marks of the numerous dynasties and the colonial power that ruled this place. Here’s a list of famous historical monuments that will remind you of the bygone era:
1. Anchuthengu Fort
Also known as Anjengo Fort, Anchuthengu Fort was established by the British East India Company. This 17th-century fort was the first trading station for the East India Company. It also served as the signalling station for the British.
2. Padmanabhapuram Palace
This is an extremely well preserved wooden palace adorned with intrinsic carvings, colourful mica windows, and magnificent 18th-century murals. There’s also a secret underground passage in this palace. This place exemplifies the glory of the Travancore dynasty that once ruled the southern part of Kerala.
3. Bekal Fort
The beautiful Arabian Sea in the backdrop of the ancient ruins of Bekal Fort, the view is no less than breathtaking. This is the largest fort you will ever see in Kerala. There are a mosque and a Hanuman mandir at the entrance and presents a fascinating view.
4. Thalassery Fort
This imposing 18th-century structure is a reminder of the excellent engineering skills of the British designers and engineers. The elaborate carvings, grand doors, and strong bastions will make you gasp in awe.
The fort has numerous secret tunnels and underground passages that once served as a hiding place for the British military personnel. Flanked by the Malabar coast and lush gardens, this is an ideal place to soak in local history while enjoying the beauty of nature.
5. Palakkad Fort
Famous as ‘Tipu’s Fort” this place was built by Tipu Sultan’s father and Mysore’s Sultan Haider Ali. This is an intriguing gateway to the rich historical past of Kerala. Hemmed by the beautiful Sahyadri ranges of the Western Ghats, the fort stands still as a silent witness of many stories of valour, bloodshed and many battles. It is one of the best-preserved forts by the ASI.
6. Gundert Bungalow
Once the home of the renowned German scholar Dr Hermann Gundert, this is among the most significant historical sites in Kerala. This 200 years old bungalow is made in a typical British mansion style of architecture.
The bungalow has witnessed many great works in the field of literature and lexicography carried on by the famed scholar during his stay in this place.
7. Dutch Palace
Constructed by the Portuguese and maintained by the Dutch, this palace is one of the most visited historical sites in Kerala. It is located close to Cochin.
Do not forget to include these places in your bucket list during your next visit to Kerala. You may check our Kerala tour packages before you plan your visit. Check http://www.tourient.com/holiday-packages for more details.