A heritage travel around God's Own Country will introduce you back to the royal past. These enchanting palaces are the best to tell you about the royal era of Kerala. Some are built in typical Kerala style of architecture and others have colonial influences.
These attractions are prominent in Kerala tourism. There are many palaces in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Kochi. A visit to these historic monuments are worth your time.
A view of Kowdiar Palace at distance tells us how beautiful it is. The palace was built by Sree Chitira Thirunal and till today it serves as the residence of the royal family. Kowdiar Palace is one of the magnificent palaces in Kerala that is located in Trivandrum. The architecture is grand and spacious; it has 150 rooms and the palace complex is huge.
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Hill Palace belongs to the Cochin Royal Family and it was built in 1865. Now it is an archaeological museum which is managed by the Government of Kerala. The palace complex has a heritage museum, deer park, pre-historic park, a children's park and an archaeological museum. It is situated in Tripunithura, Kochi.
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Bolgatty Palace is a Dutch mansion which was built in 1744. It later served as a home to the British officials during the British colonial era. Today, Bolgatty Palace is an enchanting heritage hotel which gets many tourists year-round. Bolgatty Palace is located in Kochi.
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Aranmula Vadakke Kottaram is a palace that is located on the banks of river Pampa in Aranmula. It is one of the oldest palaces in Kerala which is built in the Nalukettu style of architecture. Aranmula Partha Sarathi Temple is just in front of the castle.
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The British Residency is one of the prominent landmarks in Kollam. It was built by Colonel John Munro during the British era. The two-storeyed palace in Asramam was a famous British residence in the colonial period. It has a mix of Indian, European and Tuscan architecture.
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Kanakakkunnu Palace was built by Travancore King Sree Moolan Thirunal. It is located near the famous Napier Museum. This unique architecture served as a summer resort for the royal family. Now the palace complex is a venue to many cultural programmes and the place for All India Dance Festival (Nishagandhi Annual Festival).
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You might wonder what is special about Kilimanoor Palace?! It is the birth place of the renowned painter Raja Ravi Varma. The mansion is vast which dates back to 300 years. Later, in 1753 it was renovated to its present form.
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Koyikkal Palace has the traditional Kerala style of architecture. It is a 16th century building which belonged to the Venad Royal Family. Now the palace consists of two museums: Folklore Museum and Numismatics Museum.
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Krishnapuram Palace belonged to the Travancore Kingdom. It is an 18th century architecture that is a prominent landmark of Alappuzha. The palace is built in typical Kerala style architecture which is another masterpiece of Travancore kings. The complex also houses many other buildings which have a blend of traditional and Western architecture.
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Thevally Palace is a picturesque destination on the banks of Ashtamudi lake in Kollam. It has a blend of Dutch, Portuguese and British architecture. The castle looks unique and attractive with its vast surroundings. There is also a Sastha (Aiyyappa) temple in the palace complex.
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