A beautiful state situated on the Malabar Coast, around 600km away from the coastline of the Arabian Sea, Kerala is well known for its exotic beauty sprinkled in every corner. Bedecked with coconut trees, lush green mountains, spectacular waterfalls and tranquil beaches, the God’s Own Country is the true epitome of nature’s blessings. Besides being the witness to the serene atmosphere prevailing in the entire state, it is the home of a variety of National heritage Sites that speaks of traditional places to visit in Kerala at its best.
1. Mattancherry Palace:
Popularly known as the Dutch palace, it was built by Portuguese in Kochi city of Kerala. It happens to feature murals of Indian art form, traditional artifacts of the King’s times and exclusive designer handicrafts. It is the perfect example of Classical art form designed with a touch of South Indian taste. The exhibits at the palace reflects the glorious lifestyle of the Kings of Kochi and their relations.
2. Tellicherry Fort:
Located in the Thalassery town of Kannur district, it was built by the British East India Company in 1708. Being an imposing structure, this exotically built fort has big doors, secret tunnels leading to the sea and strong bastions. As an heritage site of Kerala, it is visited by the travelers quite often. The fort is a perfect place to enjoy the traditional lifestyle of Kerala in a royal way. This palace is maintained and overlooked by the Archeological Survey of India.
3. St. Angelo Fort
A fort facing Arabian Sea, it is positioned proudly in Kannur district of Kerala. Built by Dom Francisco De Almeida in 1505, it was richly decorated and withstood a lot of problems in terms of attacks. The fort is now well maintained and supervised by Archeological Survey of India. On visting this massive fort, the travelers can explore the beauty of majestic lifestyle lead by the Kings of the yesteryears.
4. Bekal Fort
Famous as the largest fort in Kerala, it is located in the Kasaragod district of North Kerala and spreads over a sprawling area of 40 acres. Some of the extensive places in the fort to check out are water tank with steps, tunnel opening in the southern direction, an excellent collection of ammunition, and observation tower to keep vigilance over the city. Indeed, it was built to manage the military operations.
5. St. Francis Church
Built in 1503, it is known as the oldest European church in India and has been a witness to the European colonial struggle that took so many lives. Previously, this church has the burial of Vasco Da Gama that was later on relocated to Lisbon. The church is located within the boundaries of Fort Kochi and a perfect example of Colonnial architecture.
Kerala is known for its natural beauty and is also witness to some of the most well kept heritage sites that reflect exclusive lifestyle of Kerala’s Kings and the perfect effect Portuguese as well as Colonial struggles.