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Kerala Historical Monuments: Jewish Synagogue, Padmanabhapuram and Bolghatty Palace

BY: Jaison Vincent | Category: Travel | Submitted: 2010-12-17 02:26:45
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India is among one of the rare and unique countries in the world, those have ancient history of old civilizations and cultures, which range through a long centuries. The evidence from the remains of ancient monuments in different parts of India. Kerala is a beautiful state at the southern part of India and has an old history of trading to ancient civilizations like Romans, Chinese, and Egyptians etc. The monuments in Kerala are the living examples; those are helping to explore the history of Kerala and India. These monuments are attracting a large number of tourists for a tour to Kerala from all over the world and offer a great help to understand about the ancient civilizations and their culture and traditions.

Here are some monuments in Kerala to visit in your Kerala tour that is giving light to rare and unique architectural ability of old people and knowledge about their social systems.

Jewish Synagogue
This monument is a great example to the hospitality of Kerala people from the ancient time to accept the people and culture from anywhere of the world. The migration of Jewish refugees to Kerala started from BC and in 4th century, a Hindu ruler named Bhaskara Ravivarmman issued copper plates to a leader of Jewish community in Kodungallore, to agree their settlement. Jews built a Synagogue and a clock tower in 1568. The floor of the Synagogue paved with hand painted willow pattern tiles brought from China and crystal chandeliers and carved wood with blue and white ceramic tiles used to decorate its interiors. The copper plates from Bhaskara Ravivarman are the most important relics on the synagogue.

Padmanabhapuram Palace
It is a magnificent wooden palace, built in the 16th century by Travancore rulers. This palace situated 54 km from Thiruvananthapuram. The antique interiors of the Padmanabhapuram Palace are replete with intricate rosewood carvings and sculptured decor. This is one of the best examples of the traditional wooden architecture of Kerala and an enticing place for the lovers of ancient art and architecture. In the Palace, the visitors can also see the 17th and 18th century murals, carved mahogany ceiling, Belgian mirror, Pictures of Lord Krishna, secret underground passages, colored mica windows, four poster medicinal bed and more.

Bolghatty Palace
It is located at the Bolghatty Island near Cochin Town and is an important heritage monument in Kerala. Dutch built this beautiful palace in 1744 and that time it served as the residence of Dutch Governor. After their war failure to British East India Company, this palace turned to be the residence of the British Rulers. Now this two storied palace is a luxury accommodation to the tourists and has an excelled environment with most modern facilities.

The monuments are built for the future generations and saying the stories about our forefathers. The specialty of Kerala is not only contoured between axioms of lush green nature, sky reflecting backwaters and lakes, ayurveda and martial art. By a Kerala tour will leave you a marvel at the monuments; those are examples of how a thought can be expressed in azoic stones of countryside.

About Author / Additional Info:
Jaison Vincent is providing valuable information on Kerala tours, kerala tour operators, kerala tour packages, etc. For more information visit to http://www.keralatour.us .

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It is very amazing to know about the different parts of the world, its variety in culture, and landscapes. So I am interesting in sharing my knowledge about tourist destinations and also looking to get new ideas from travel blog posts. Thanks Livin Varghese 2010-12-17 22:09:49 481
Nice Post Birendra Kumar 2010-12-17 22:30:40 482

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