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Routing: Cochin – Munnar – Thekkady – Kumarakom – Alleppey – Mararikulam – Kovalam – Trivendrum
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Routing: Cochin – Munnar – Thekkady – Kumarakom – Houseboat – Kovalam
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Kerala is a place where people are very closely connected to their heritage, art and culture. Hence there are several museums in each district of Kerala related to various aspects of lives of the people of Kerala and their history. These museums are very famous among not only domestic tourist but all who visit Kerala during the year including international tourist or travellers. The entry fee of these museums are very nominal even some of them have free access but no doubt the experience to visiting these museums is second to none. Though infrastructure wise they are not at all in comparison to western museums but information wise they a have lot to tell about the lifestyle of Kerala. Some of the famous museums which are located in Kerala are –
Kerala’s Indo-Portuguese Museum – It is situated at Fort Kochi in Kochi or Cochin district of Kerala. The nearest railway station is at Ernakulam which is around 14 KMs and nearest airport is Cochin International Airport which is about 46 KMs. This museum is a gesture to preserve the items and information of Portuguese era in Kerala and the time when Portuguese people and culture influenced this place in several aspects. The Indo-Portuguese Museum at Fort Kochi has emphasised upon the fine art, sculptures and structural designs of that era. It was made by the bishop of Kochi i.e. late Dr. Joseph Kureethra, divided into four main areas Altar, Treasure, Procession, Civil Life and Cathedral. The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has also been involved in enhancing the Museum’s collection of Indo-Portuguese statues and precious metal objects etc. The visiting hours of this museum is from 10 AM to 5 PM and it is closed on Mondays.
Kerala’s Koyikkal Palace Museum – It is situated at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. The nearest railway station is Thiruvananthapuram Central which is around 20 KMs and nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport which is about 26 KMs. This palace was built in around 1677 by the Venad Royal family’s Umayamma Rani. Now it is not only famous in tourist or travellers as an old palace but the house of two museums i.e. Folklore Museum and Numismatics Museum. Both the museum are created and maintained by archaeological department of Kerala. As the name states the Folklore Museum is related to folk art and culture of Kerala comprising of old-world musical instruments, occupational equipments, household tools and kitchenware, models of folk arts, old manuscripts etc. On the other hand the Numismatics museum has a display of coins from various parts of the world. Some of these coins are very old and rare, seeing them in a series with the related historical facts is definitely worth your visit to this place. The visiting hours of this museum is from 10 AM to 5 PM and it is closed on Mondays.
Kerala’s Maritime Museum – It is situated in Kochi or Cochin district of Kerala. The nearest railway station is at Ernakulam which is around 14 KMs and nearest airport is Cochin International Airport which is about 46 KMs. It is a navy museum built upon the INS Dronacharya has an in-depth representation of the facts, information and models of the evolving of the Indian navy. A separate section describes the evolution of ship building industry in India through various important time frames of history. Also it has the fact and representations of Indian navy’s role in various war or military operation alongside the coast of Kerala including Junaghad operation, the Goa liberation, Indo-Pak conflicts of 1965 and 1971, Operation Cactus, Operation Pawan and the strategic manoeuvres during operation Kargil. The visiting hours of this museum is from 09.30 AM to 6 PM.
Kerala’s Napier Museum – It is situated at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. The nearest railway station is Thiruvananthapuram Central which is around 20 KMs and nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport which is about 26 KMs. It is in the same compound with Natural History Museum, Napier Museum was built around 19th century named after Governor General of Madras John Napier consisting of ancient architectural designs, sculpture, ornaments, utensils, chariots and other rare old artefacts including made from ivory. In this museum the tourist or visitors can see and observe the entire cultural history of Kerala including its traditions and heritages etc. on the other end the Natural History Museum consist of number of galleries displaying the history of natural resources including flora and fauna of the land of Kerala. The visiting hours of this museum is from 10 AM to 5 PM and it is closed on Mondays.
Kerala’s Tea Museum – It is situated in Munnar of Idukki District of Kerala. The nearest railway station is Bodinayakanur Railway Station which is around 35 KMs and nearest airport is Cochin International Airport which is about 74 KMs. Munnar is an ideal place for the growth and research of the tea in fact there are some specific tea estate which contribute substantially in the nation’s overall tea plantation. Tata tea has established tea museum in Nallathanni Estate which has history of tea plantations, photographs, old machinery or equipments used in process of tea leaves. It displays the story to Munnar transforming itself from a usual hilly region or small town to a famous tea plantation region including the initial tea factories to glimpse of modern high tech tea processing unit. Each stage in tea production is displayed very beautifully so that the visitors can experience the evolution of Munnar as a tea plantation place. Apart from tea equipments there are other day today equipments which are also on display like old telephone, typewriters, classic bungalow furniture, wooden bathtub, iron oven, manual calculators and EPABX of the1909 telephone system. The visiting hours of this museum is from 9 AM to 4 PM and it is closed on Mondays.
Kerala’s Hill Palace Museum – It is situated in Thripunithura near Kochi or Cochin district of Kerala. The nearest railway station is at Ernakulam which is around 12 KMs and nearest airport is Cochin International Airport which is about 35 KMs. It is biggest archaeological museum of the state of Kerala built in the year 1865 has a collection of royal items of Maharaja of Kochi. It is spread over 52 acres of land and has 49 buildings of old architectural style. There is a deer park and horse stable with facility of horse riding inside the compound also it is well maintained with green landscapes and gardens all around. Inside the museum there are various items and factual information are on display including oil-paintings, wall paintings, sculptures in stone and manuscripts, inscriptions, coins, possessions of the Kochi royal family and royal furnishings as well as the royal throne. There are some rare mud pots and ceramic vessels from Japan and China, Kudakkallu (tomb stone), Thoppikkallu (hood stone), granite, laterite monument, rock-cut armaments from the Stone Age, wooden shrine models, plaster cast models of stuff from Mohenjodaro and Harappa of the Indus Valley Culture. Apart from that there is a contemporary art gallery in the premises. The visiting hours of this museum is from 9 AM to 4.30 PM and it is closed on Mondays.
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