Tourists from all across the globe visit Kerala, a southern state of India. Besides being famed for its abundant natural beauty, Kerala also has a rich old history. In fact, the destination has seen many historical milestones ranging from royal dynastic regimes to the colonial rule of the British, Portuguese and the Dutch. Captivating old palaces, forts and churches offer glimpses into the state’s rich historical legacy. If you plan to spend on flight bookings to this wonderful place, we recommend that you definitely visit these three popular historical monuments.
The Jewish Synagogue in Ernakulum is the oldest synagogue in India. Not just India, but this synagogue is one of the oldest in the world. It was initially constructed in 1586 and was later refurbished by the Dutch. One of the most remarkable things about the Jewish Synagogue is its architecture and decor; exquisite and unique tiles from China along with fourth-century copper plates gifted by the royalty stun the beholder. However, the synagogue is most well known for the Old Testament. With the exception of Saturday, which is the Sabbath day, the synagogue remains open every day from 9 AM to 12 noon and from 3 PM to 5 PM.
Anjuthengu means 5-coconut trees in the local language (Malayalam). The fort is situated in the coconut groves near the Varkala beach; hence the name. It was established in 1684 by the East India Company and was then leased by them for trading cash crops, spices and other businesses. You will also find remains of another fort-like structure and a cemetery which served as the final resting place of the earliest English settlers. Today, the area is used by the local fishermen for trading their fresh catch.
The Dutch Palace was initially constructed in 1557 by the Portuguese and was gifted to the then King of Kochi; Raja Veera Kerala Varma. Later, in 1663, the palace was refurbished by the Dutch and since then it has been called the Dutch Palace. The palace has a Bhagavathi Temple in the central courtyard. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga. The architecture of the palace is typical of Kerala and its location on the Kochi backwaters ensures excellent views. A rare and antique assortment of murals, inspired by the different stories from the Indian mythology adorns the walls. You will also be able to see the different types of weapons and furniture used in the bygone days.