Palakkad Fort

For those historically inclined, Palakkad Fort is a must see. The ancient monument situated in the heart of the town is one of the best preserved in Kerala. Built by Hyder Ali of Mysore in 1766, the fort was taken over and modified by the British in 1790. Once you are inside the fort, you will be enthralled by the landscaped15 acres of land evergreen grass and tall trees. The immensely thick laterite walls, the circular structure, long boundaries and strong bastions on all four corners and in the middle are impressive to behold.

Don’t miss visiting the Pillared Hall museum which displays carvings and sculptures of another time that acquaints the tourist with the history of the fort.

Location : 4 km from Palakkad town

Contact: DTPC Secretary, Palakkad-0491-2538996

Stay : Palakkad

Thalassery Fort

The square shaped British built fort with massive laterite walls on Tiruvellapadkunnu at Thalassery, overwhelms the visitor by its colossal nature. A unique feature of the fort is its entrance which is through the top of the giant wall. From the fort premises, one can view the nearby Holy Rosary Church. Other centres of worship in the vicinity are the Sardar Palli mosque and the Jagannatha temple.

Location: Kannur DT. Talassery town

Contact: DTPC Kannur. Ph 0497-2706336

St. Angelo Fort

St. Angelo Fort or the Kannur fort is a triangular shaped laterite fort constructed by the first Portuguese Viceroy, Don Francesco de Almeida in 1505. Built on 5 acres, it is within 100 metres away the Arabian Sea. The fort offers a fascinating view of the Moppila Bay and Dharmadom Island. It is a protected monument under the care of Archaeological Survey of India.

Location: Kannur Dt. 3 km west to Kannur town

Contact: DTPC Kannur. Ph 0497-2706336

Stay: Kannur

KUTHIRAMAALIKA

This magnificent palace was wrought by Tamil sculptors from Thanjavur. Pillars carved out of single stones and exquisitely designed roofs enhance the beauty of the palace. A striking freize of 122 horses is attached to the palace - hence the name Kuthiramalika {‘’kuthira - horse and ‘maalika’ – mansion. This rambling old mansion is adjacent to Sri Padmanabha Swami Temple in East Fort. Every year the Swathi Music Festival is conducted here in the front courtyard.

Location: Thiruvanatmapuram Dt.

Phone: 0471 2473942

Thripunithura Hill Palace

Kerala’s first heritage museum, it has collections of the erstwhile Maharajas of Kochi. The Hill Palace, official residence of the royal family, is today the state’s largest archaeological museum. Built in 1865, the complex consists of 49 buildings in the traditional style, sprawling over 52 acres of tastefully landscaped land, including houses, a deer park and a stable.

Kilimanoor palace

The palace complex covers more than six hectares, and comprises residential structures native to Kerala, like Nalukettu, small and medium size buildings, two ponds and Kavu {sacred grove}. A structure dedicated to a prince responsible for etching Kerala in the map of painting - Raja Ravi Varma – is a special attraction.

Location: Thiruvananthapuram DT. 50 km north east of the city.

Contact:  0470 2672268

Krishnapuram Palace

The last residence of the Kayamakulam royal line, it is one of the best surviving princely palaces in Kerala. The palace and grounds cover an area of about 1.5 acres. It is a two storied sprawling edifice built according to Vastushastra. The 16 kettu {‘sixteen enclosures’} structure is best known for its mural, Gajendra moksham {‘deliverance of elephant’}, which adorns the wall of the bathing house {neerazhikkettu}, attached to the palace.

Location:

Phone: 0479 441133