places to see - in ernakulam

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parikshith thampuran museum
The museum is located on Durbar Hall Road, adjacent to the Shiva temple. The museum building was the Durbar (court) of the Cochin rajas. It features collections of 19th century oil paintings, sculptures in stone and plaster-of-paris, old coins and items of the Cochin royal family.  
Timings: 0930 to 1200 hrs & 1500 to 1730 hrs. Closed on Mondays and national holidays. 


museum of kerala history
This museum, at Edapally, is the best place for having a look into Kerala history. Significant historic moments from the past 2000 years are depicted through life-size figures. There is also a one-hour commentary for each scene, along with a light and sound show.

museum of kerala history

Also at Edapally is the Madhavan Nair Foundation. There is a gallery of painting and sculptures offering over 200 original works by internationally acclaimed Indian artists and sculptors. The Center for Visual Arts at the foundation is reserved for genuine reproductions of selected artists right from da Vinci to those of the present day. forane church
This Roman Catholic church, considered to be one of the oldest churches in Kerala, was built on a plot of land donated by the Raja of Edapally. The new church adjacent to it was built in 1080. It is well-known for the annually held 9-day feast in the month of May.


bolghatty palace
The palace is situated on the narrow, palm-fringed Bolghatty Island,  amidst 15 acres of lush green  lawns. Built by the Dutch in 1744, the palace became the official residence of the British residents. Today, it is a hotel run by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation and also has a mini golf course on its grounds.

bolghatty palace


hill palace
The sprawling Hill Palace museum displays the erstwhile wealth and affluence of the royal family of Cochin. It has a good collection of paintings, antique temple carvings and other royal artifacts. The museum premises has been converted  into a botanical garden with exotic tropical trees. There is also a deer park in the palace compounds.

hill palace

Timings: 0900 to 1730 hrs. Closed on Mondays. 


st.mary's orthodox church
This church is believed to be a few centuries old. It has a temple style lamp tower in the front and some painted wood carvings can be seen inside. The church bungalow in the compound has an appealing architectural style.


tripunithura temple
Over 800 years old, the original structure of the Poornathrayeesa temple was damaged by fire in 1925. The temple festival, in which many elephants take part, is during the months of November and December.Various dance and art forms are seen during this festival. The 'Ezhunnellippu' (a parade of 15 adorned elephants ) and 'Kshethrakalakal' (the various folk dance and folklore art forms ) are given importance in this festival.

tripunithura temple


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