Kerala has a rich repertoire of historic and cultural monuments, which represent a unique amalgam of various styles of architecture. Nalukettu is the main architectural style though in regions like Fort Kochi, a curious mix of European, Chinese, Jewish and Arabic styles are evident in the architecture.Some of the important monumaents are--
Jewish Synagogue the oldest Synagogue in the common wealth countries , which recorded the grants of privilege, bequeathed by the Kochi rulers.It was built in 1568 AD.
Built in the Indo-European style way back in 1667 AD, Bastion Bungalow get its name from its location on the site of the Stromberg Bastion of the old, Dutch fort. Though it has been said that a network of secret tunnels runs beneath the bungalow, none has been found till now.
Hill Palace, the official residence of the Kochi royal family was built in 1865. Consisting of 49 buildings, the palace is built in the Traditional Architectural Style of Kerala and is surrounded by 52 acres of terraced land.
A Scenic island near the city of Ernakulam, Bolghatty is famous for the Bolghatty Palace built by the Dutch in 1744 AD .The palace is two-storeyed and contains well-decorated bed chambers, a huge lounge wherein historical portraits are displayed. The ferry ride from the mainland Ernakulam to the island is a pleasurable experience. There is a golf course to boot.
Gundert's Bungalow is on the out skirts of Thalaserry. It is a historically significant place for all lovers of Malayalam Language
The Southern State of Kerala has much to offer in terms of its hoary temple tradition.Some of the well-known temples of Kerala are----
Padmanabha Swami Temple
Tiruvanandapuram (Trivandrum) gets its name from the grand Anantapadmanabhaswamy temple, enshrining the tutelary deity - Anantapadmanabha of the Travancore kingdom. It is one of the grandest temples of Kerala, exhibiting an amalgamation of Dravidian and Kerala temple architectural styles. It is a temple vibrant with tradition, having been associated for years with the arts and music.
The Mannaarsaala temple dedicated to Naga Devatas is located in the middle of a large grove dedicated to serpents. There are several hundred granite images of snakes covering this area.
Chengannur Bhagawati temple.
This temple is regarded as the Shakti peetham related to the legend of Daksha's sacrifice and Sati's self immolation. Legend has it that the reproductive organ from Sati's body fell
here, after her corpse was cut into several pieces by Vishnu's discus.
Sabarimala is one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations in South India during the festival season in the months of November, December and January. Sabarimala enshrines Sastha or Aiyappan . Sastha is a popular deity in Kerala.
Ambalappuzaha Temple is located south of Aalappuzha and is rich in legend and tradition. Krishna is worshipped here as Unnikrishna or the child, although the image enshrined here is that of Parthasarathi.