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  Palace, Forts and Museums  

Alwaye Palace, Alwaye  (Aluva): Located on the banks of the Periyar River, this historical infrastructure has witnessed countless chronological events. A tour through this glorious monument takes the visitors on a trip to the splendid past. The verandahs and panoramic views from there serve as cream on the cake. 

Bekal Fort (Kasargod): Spread over an area of 40 acres, this is the largest fort in Kerala, a fort exclusively built for defense purposes. The structure of the fort makes it seem like it was built right from the sea, as a good proportion of the fort is drenched against the waves.

Bolgatty Palace (Kochi): Built in 1744 by the Dutch, this palace is a resort now offering wonderful holidaying. Some of the highlights of this heritage resort are the 9 hole golf course, Ayurvedic centre and daily Kathakali performances.

Eddakal Cave (Wayanad): The Eddakal Cave, in the real sense in not a cave but “a cleft about 96 ft long and 22 ft wide in the rock” as expressed in the District Gazetteer, Kozhikode. A large rock weighing tons having fallen onto the roof of this structure makes it look like a cave for any ordinary spectator.

The Hill Palace Museum (Ernakulam): Built in 1865, this palace consists of 49 traditionally built buildings surrounded by plenty of acres of ponds, fountains n greenery. After being taken over by the archeology department, this palace now stands out to be the largest museum in the state showcasing paintings, murals, stone sculptures, plaster of paris art forms, manuscripts and other carvings.

Kanakakunnu Palace (Thiruvananthapuram): A perfect sight for people with the taste of art, this palace is often associated for its cultural exhibition. It is even looked upon for a countless number of impressive chandeliers and a spectacular collection of royal furnishings.

Koyikkal Palace (Thiruvanathapuram): Another attraction drenched with cultural significance, this palace houses a folk ware museum showcasing a collection of folk art models, musical instruments, and a variety of household utensils. It also has a Numismatics museum established by the archeology department. This museum is the only one of its kind in the state which showcases coins from various chronological periods, and from royal and historical origins.

Krishnapuram Palace (Kayamkulam): A unique example of Kerala architecture, this is another setup which is now managed as a museum under the Archeology department. It has a collection of bronze sculptures, paintings, murals and so on.

Mattancherry Palace (Kochi): Also known as Dutch Palace, this palace is constructed on lines of traditional Kerala architecture i.e with the courtyard in the centre of the construction. The courtyard houses a small temple built in praise of Goddess Pazhayannur Bhagawati, who is worshipped as the family deity of the Kochi Royal family. The palace now is famous as a portrait gallery exhibiting collections of murals and other paintings.

Napier Museum (Thiruvanathapuram): A museum exhibiting a rare collection of archeological artifacts, historical ornaments, ancient bronze sculptures, ivory carvings and a temple chariot. Its vicinity also offers an art gallery (Shri Chitra Art Gallery) which houses paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Nicolas Roerich and other Mughal & Tanjore art forms.

Padmanabapuram Palace (Thiruvanathapuram): Geographically located in the premises of Tamil Nadu, this palace is about 50 kms from Thirvanthapuram, and is administered by the archeology department, Kerala. One of the best examples of Kerala architecture, the palace has been one of the mesmerizing attractions in the state for travelers hailing from different cultures.

Tipu’s Fort (Palaghat): Built in 1766 AD by Hyder Ali of Mysore, the fort is famously known by the name of his son Tipu Sultan. This old granite fort in Palaghat is famous for its historical significance.

Bekal Fort
Eddakal Cave
The Hill Palace Museum
Koyikkal Palace
Mattancherry Palace
Napier Museum
Padmanabapuram Palac