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  • 1. Dutch Palace

    Mattancherry | Castle/Palace

    Built by the Portuguese in the mid-16th century as a gift for the Rajas of Cochin, this two-story structure reflects elements of traditional...Read More

  • 2. Chinese Fishing Nets

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    The precarious-looking bamboo and wood structures hovering like cranes over the waterfront are Kochi's famous Chinese fishing nets. Although...Read More

  • 3. Fort St. Angelo

    Military Sight

    In 1505 the Portuguese built Fort St. Angelo, with the consent of the ruling Kolathiri Raja, in order to protect their interests in the area...Read More

  • 4. Houseboat Cruise


    The Kuttanad, a 74-km-long (46-mile-long) network of beaches, lakes, canals, rivers, inland sea, islands, and brooks, links Alleppey, Marari...Read More

  • 5. Kanhirode Weaving Cooperative


    The Kanhirode Weaving Cooperative is strewn with yarns of all colors, set out to dry after dyeing. You can watch the weavers at their giant...Read More

  • 6. Kuthiramalika (Puthenmalika) Palace Museum


    The 18th-century Kuthiramalika (Puthenmalika) Palace Museum, or Horse Palace, has carved rosewood ceilings and treasures of the royal family...Read More

  • 7. Napier Museum and Trivandrum Zoo


    In an 80-acre park at the north end of M. G. Road are the many attractions of the Museum and Art Gallery Complex. Each part of the complex requires...Read More

  • 8. Nehru Cup Snake Boat Race


    On the second Saturday in August throngs of supporters line the shore to watch the annual Nehru Cup Snake Boat Race, which starts with a water...Read More

  • 9. Padmanabhapuram Fort and Palace


    Believed to be the largest wooden palace in Asia, this magnificent, 17th-century, carved-teak palace, set in nearly 7 acres, and with fantastic...Read More

  • 10. Padmanabhaswamy Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The handsome Padmanabhaswamy Temple, dedicated to Vishnu, has a seven-story gopuram (entrance tower) that's as wide as it is tall to accommodate...Read More

  • 11. Pardesi Synagogue

    Mattancherry | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The first migration of Jews to Kerala is thought to have taken place in the 6th century BC, followed by a much larger wave in the 1st century...Read More

  • 12. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    In the vicinity of Thekkady, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of India's best animal parks for spotting elephants, bison, wild boar, oxen...Read More

  • 13. Rajamala Wildlife Sanctuary

    Idukki | Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    This very well maintained 97-square-km (24,000-acre) sanctuary, 15 km (9 miles) northwest of Munnar, is home to the endangered Nilgiri tahr...Read More

  • 14. Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This Gothic-looking basilica, set in spacious grounds, has an interior that's colorfully painted with scenes and decorations that some find...Read More

  • 15. Sree Muthappan Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The unusual Sree Muthappan Temple, one of the largest shrines of its type, sits on the bank of the Valapattanam River at Parassinikkadavu, 18...Read More

  • 16. St. Francis Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This stately church is the first European house of worship in India. The Portuguese flag first appeared in Fort Cochin in 1500, and Vasco da...Read More

  • 17. Tasara Center for Creative Weaving


    You can see weavers working on giant hand looms here, and Tasara also hosts programs for artists-in-residence. Many different handloom products...Read More

  • 18. Theyyam

    Arts/Performance Venue

    A unique regional draw is the spectacular dance called Theyyam. More than an art form, it's a type of worship that is tribal in origin and thought...Read More

  • 19. Pepper Exchange

    Mattancherry | Market/Bazaar

    The New York Stock Exchange it's not, but the Pepper Exchange does allow a glimpse into the world of spice trading. Its the world's only existing...Read More

  • 20. Vijnana Kala Vedi Cultural Center

    Educational Institution

    About 120 km (75 miles) north of Trivandrum, this institute, established by a French woman in 1977, is dedicated to preserving the arts and...Read More

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