Kerala has been the hub of culture, power, politics and a number of art forms throughout history of southern India. It is known worldwide for its historical heritage and picturesque beauty. Thanks to its varied natural beauty that Kerala is one of the most colorful and beautiful states of India. In the past, Kerala witnessed the incursion of various foreign powers, which settled down in various parts of the state. Due to this, Kerala has got a number of forts and palaces.
Each fort in Kerala is a piece of art, as most of the forts were built by different foreign invaders and native rulers. These forts depict a fusion of traditional Kerala and various foreign styles of architecture. Each of these forts has a different story to tell. These stories are etched on the walls of these forts, in the form of murals and other artistic works. Forts in Kerala say the story of finesse. Each of these wonderful pieces of construction stands at a location covered with scenic beauty. Thus, it makes the forts in Kerala equally enticing for tourists and scholars.
Arakkal Palace and Kannur Fort
Kerala is one of the southern states of India and a major tourist destination of India. It is equally blessed with both natural and manmade beauty. There are a number of architectural marvels in Kerala, which stand as the evidence of the cultural heritage of Kerala. Arakkal Palace holds the credit of being the one and only
Bekal Fort is one of the largest preserved forts in Kasargod district of Kerala. The fort gets its uniqueness quotient from its exotic structure, which is shaped in the form of a keyhole. It was exclusively meant for the purpose of providing defense to the territory. Bekal Fort is prominent, because unlike most of the Indian forts,
Chendamangalam Fort, located in Ernakulam, is one of the important forts in Kerala. It is situated amidst the picturesque beauty of lush green landscape and small hillocks. Three rivers are flowing nearby the Fort, which add to the picturesque view. The 450-years-old Chendamangalam Fort is equally rich in some rare relics,
Kunchan Smarakam Fort
Kunchan Smarakam Fort is a memorial built as a tribute to a famous poet of Kerala - Kunchan Nambiar. The monument has been converted into an institution for young people, where they are trained in the various divisions of satirical art forms of Kerala, including ‘Parayanthullal’.
Situated in Palakkad (Palghat) district, Palakkad Fort holds a special place in the history of Kerala. It is a major tourist attraction in Kerala. The fort was under the rule of one of the major rulers of South India Tipu Sultan, the son of Hyder Ali of Mysore, who built the fort. This is the reason why the Fort is also called Tipu's Fort. The fort stands as
Pallippuram Fort is one of the oldest remaining and well maintained forts in Kerala. Situated in Kochi (Cochin) district, the fort is popularly known as Ayikkotta. It is a heritage site protected by the Kerala State Department of Archaeology. It has a hexagonal structure, which is an exotic design for a Fort.
St. Angelo’s Fort
Also known as Kannur Fort, St. Angelo's Fort, is one of the prominent tourist attractions of Kerala, is crafted entirely out of laterite and thus it sports an old sporadic look. The fort is an architectural epiphany, with its massive triangular design and it adjoining bastions. The protected monument is replete with a big moat which runs around the fort.