Would you love to dive deep into the history and traditions of the God’s own country? Then here are top historical sites you should not miss visiting when in Kochi. Each of the destination is surely going to have something fascinating for you. Be ready to take a leap back to the days when Kerala was much different from what it is now.

1.Kerala Folklore Museum

Kerala Folklore museum is one the destinations you should have in priority if you intend to explore history of Kerala. The architecture of the museum alone, can be fascinating! The architecture of the museum is a blend of styles from Malabar, Travancore and Kochi.  The building was built with the effort of about 60 skilled labors and it took nearly 7 years to get the constructed done! The museum mainly showcases some of the best carpentry styles from the traditional days of Kerala. The form of historical art you would witness in the museum is incomparable.

Location: Thevara, Kochi.

2.The Dutch Palace

The Mattancherry Palace, known by its popular name “The Dutch Palace” was built around the year 1555 by the Portuguese. It was built as a gift to the King Kochi but later on, the Portuguese were defeated by the Dutch who then took control of Kochi. Dutch carried out renovations on the Palace and it became to be known as The Dutch Palace since then. Today, the museum showcases portraits of the Rajas of Kochi, and also some of the most interesting mythological murals in India. The historical significance of the palace doesn’t end there, there is much more to explore!

Location: Mattancherry, Kochi.

3.Paradesi Synagogue

Just by stating that it is the oldest of active Synagogues in the Commonwealth of Nations, one could imagine the kind of vibe to except when stepping foot into this area. The major contribution to the construction of the synagogue was made by Spanish-Speaking Jews. A visit to the place will shower you with stories dating back to centuries!

Location: Mattancherry, Kochi

4.Church of Saint Francis

This church has great historical significance. It is one of the oldest churches in India being built in the year 1503 by the Portuguese with the permission of the Raja of Kochi. After the death of the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, his body was buried in the church for fourteen years and then, was removed to Lisbon.

Location: Fort Kochi, Kochi.

5.Kerala Kathakali Centre

Even though not a site with historical significance, the Kerala Kathakali Centre will amaze you with live kathakali dance performances. Kathakali is a traditional form of dance in kerala, in which the dancer tells a tale to the audience through the movement of body and facial expressions.

Location: Fort Kochi, Kochi.

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