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The architecture of Kerala tells many stories. The way its architecture has been designed not only speaks about the artistic and technical capabilities of the craftsmen, but also about the progression and evolution of its society. Kerala has an abundance of architectural styles. Places of worship have been reworked over centuries, the styles differing according to the period of renovation, resulting in a vivid representation of an eventful political and cultural life.

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Akathoottu Mathappadam in Cheranallore is the home of the Cheranallore Karthas, who administered parts of Ernakulam for many years. They collected tax for the rulers of the erstwhile Kingdom of Cochin from before the 17 century to the 1940s, when the Cochin and Travancore kingdoms were merged. Workers who came to repair the tiles of the ceiling a few years ago say that the work was from 600 years ago as the tiles made at the time had signs of the date of construction,

Olappamanna Mana , a 300 year old feudal Namboothiri (Kerala Brahamin) house is located at Vellinezhi, a small village 40 kms away from Palakkad. Kerala Architecture, Tropical Architecture, Ancient Architecture, Architecture Details, Traditional House Plans, Traditional Exterior, Traditional Design, Village House Design, Village Houses

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Olappamanna Mana , a 300 year old feudal Namboothiri (Kerala Brahamin) house is located at Vellinezhi, a small village 40 kms away from Palakkad.

Architectural and Iconographic Relics of Buddhism in Kerala . Kerala Architecture, Temple Architecture, Vernacular Architecture, Indian Temple, Hindu Temple, Buddhist Temple, Martial Arts Weapons, Thatched Roof, Place Of Worship

Architectural and Iconographic Relics of Buddhism in Kerala - Ajaysekher.net

The Madhur temple is one of the most famous Ganapathi temples of six Ganpathi temples of ancient Tulunadu. Tipu Sultan wanted to demolish the temple during his invasion but after drinking water from the well of the temple, he changed his mind on attacking and demolishing the temple. To satisfy his soldiers and Islamic scholars he made a cut with his sword symobolising the attack. The mark is still visible on the building that is built around the temple well.

Kerala is witnessing an interesting trend in home architecture: the return of the traditional ‘Nalukettu’. Kerala Architecture, Vernacular Architecture, House Architecture, Kerala Traditional House, Traditional House Plans, Patio Central, Low Cost Housing, Model House Plan, House Plans With Photos

Nālukettu is the traditional homestead of matrilineal families of Kerala. The traditional architecture is typically a rectangular structure where four halls are joined together with a central courtyard open to the sky. The four halls on the sides are named northern block, western block, eastern block and southern block. The architecture was especially catered to large families of the traditional tharavadu, to live under one roof and enjoy the commonly owned facilities of the homestead.

Mattancherry Palace built in 1555 AD by the Portuguese and become one of the most popular attractions located in Kochi, Kerala. Find more information to visit this palace. Kerala Travel, Kerala Tourism, Tourism India, India Travel, Kerala Architecture, Colonial Architecture, Facade Architecture, Independent House, Kerala Houses

Shakthan Thampuran Palace is situated in Thrissur. It was reconstructed in Kerala-Dutch style in 1795 and converted into a museum in 2005. The main structure of the Palace has a two-storied building and a traditional Kerala style Nālukettu. High roofs, thick walls, spacious rooms and floors paved with finely smoothened Italian marble are unique features of this palace. The interiors of the palace, because of its unique construction offer comfortable and pleasant staying conditions.

Kaviyoor Mahadevar Temple has a unique style of architecture and is one of the oldest temples Kerala Travel, Kerala Tourism, India Travel, Kerala Architecture, Temple Architecture, Sanctum Sanctorum, Kerala Houses, Amazing India, Kerala India

Kaviyoor Mahadevar Temple has a unique style of architecture and is one of the oldest temples in Kerala. It is believed to have been constructed in the early years of the 10th century. There are two inscriptions on the basement of the main sanctum dated 950-951 AD. The Sasanaas are surely an addition, since they were written after the temple was constructed. The main deities are Lord Mahadeva (Shiva with Parvathi) and Hanuman.

The Chottanikkara Temple, a famous temple of the Hindu mother goddess Bhagawati is located near Ernakulam Kerala Architecture, Temple Architecture, Indian Temple, Hindu Temple, Traditional Interior, Traditional House, Kerala Houses, States Of India, Kerala Tourism

The Chottanikkara Temple, a famous temple of the Hindu mother goddess Bhagawati is located near Ernakulam and is one of the most popular temples in the state and in terms of temple architecture. This temple stands out to be an ultimate testimonial for the ancient vishwakarma sthapathis (wooden sculpture) in sculpting this temple along with Sabarimala.

Kilimanoor palace is the birth place of celebrated Indian painter Raja Ravi Varma. Though the palace complex has some older buildings that were constructed much earlier the palace was finished in the present form in the year 1753.  The complex is mostly constructed in the traditional residential structures of Kerala similar to that of the Nalukettu. It covers more than six hectares, and also comprises small and medium sized buildings, two ponds, wells and sacred groves. Kerala Homes, Kerala Architecture, Raja Ravi Varma, Sacred Groves, States Of India, Kerala Tourism, Kerala India, Old Building, Place Of Worship

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Kilimanoor palace is the birth place of celebrated Indian painter Raja Ravi Varma. Though the palace complex has some older buildings that were constructed much earlier the palace was finished in the present form in the year 1753. The complex is mostly constructed in the traditional residential structures of Kerala similar to that of the Nalukettu. It covers more than six hectares, and also comprises small and medium sized buildings, two ponds, wells and sacred groves.

Visit Arakkal Palace and Kannur Fort is one of the top attractions in Kerala. Find more information to visit this. Beautiful Beaches, Beautiful Gardens, Famous Architectural Buildings, Kerala Architecture, Kerala Travel, Kerala Houses, States Of India, Dormer Windows, Kerala India

The 18th century, 3-storied Krishnapuram Palace in Alappuzha was built during the reign of Marthanda Varma , in Kerala style of architecture with gabled roofs, dormer windows and narrow corridors. Now an archaeological museum, it houses a 49 square meter Gajendra Moksham, the largest single band of mural painting discovered in Kerala. This 18th century palace was built during the reign of, who was a Travancore Monarch. The compound has beautiful gardens with lush greenery all around the…

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Shree Padmanabhaswamy temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in Trivandrum. The temple is one of 108 Holy Abodes of Vishnu. The temple, constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, is glorified in early medieval Tamil literature of the Tamil Alvar saints (6th–9th centuries), with structural additions to it made throughout the 16th century when its ornate Gopuram was constructed. The Temple is a replica of the famous Sri Adikesavaperumal Temple at Thiruvattar.

The Dutch Palace museum in Mattancherry was once the abode of the Cochin Royal Family. The structure, believed to have been built by the Portuguese in early 16th century and modified by the Dutch in 1663, was restored and declared a centrally-protected monument in 1951 by the Archaeological Survey of India. It was established as a museum in 1985. Kerala Architecture, Archaeological Survey Of India, Kerala Houses, States Of India, Kerala India, Arabian Horses, Place Of Worship, 16th Century, Traditional House

The Dutch Palace museum in Mattancherry was once the abode of the Cochin Royal Family. The structure, believed to have been built by the Portuguese in early 16th century and modified by the Dutch in 1663, was restored and declared a centrally-protected monument in 1951 by the Archaeological Survey of India. It was established as a museum in 1985.

The Thirumoozhikkalam Temple is one of the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu located in Eranakulam District. It is located about 30kms North West of Ernakulam Railway Station. The temple dates back to the Ramayana period and is dedicated to Lakshmana. This is one of the 108 sacred shrines of Lord Vishnu where Lakshmana and Bharatha are worshiped together. It is said that Lakshmana built the Tower and Mandaps of the temple. Kerala Architecture, Sanctum Sanctorum, Mud House, Lord Vishnu, Hindu Temple, Place Of Worship, Traditional House, North West, Craftsman

The Thirumoozhikkalam Temple is one of the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu located in Eranakulam District. It is located about 30kms North West of Ernakulam Railway Station. The temple dates back to the Ramayana period and is dedicated to Lakshmana. This is one of the 108 sacred shrines of Lord Vishnu where Lakshmana and Bharatha are worshiped together. It is said that Lakshmana built the Tower and Mandaps of the temple.

Centre For Development Studies Kerala Architecture, Roof Architecture, Sustainable Architecture, Exposed Brick Walls, Exposed Concrete, Mangalore, Study Design, Roof Repair, Place Of Worship

Centre For Development Studies

Centre for Development Studies designed by Laurie Baker. The language is typically that of Baker, his interpretation of a vocabulary unique to Kerala. Exposed brick walls in beautiful patterns and bonds, exposed concrete sloping roofs with filler slabs of Mangalore tiles forming beautiful patterns and jaalis in the brick walls of numerous designs creating amazing patterns of light and shade inside the buildings while at the same time letting in wind and light.

Spread of Islam- Mosque in Calicut Kerala Architecture, Mosque Architecture, Vernacular Architecture, Spread Of Islam, Kerala Houses, Hindu Temple, South India, Place Of Worship, Ocean

The Mithqal Mosque at Kozhikode has the pulpit built by the ship masters of the Arab vessels and presents the best example of wood carvings associated with Islamic architecture of Kerala. All other construction work was done by local craftsmen who built the Hindu temples and residences. The Arabic tradition of simplicity of plan had perhaps combined itself with the indigenous construction techniques gave rise to the unique style of mosque architecture, found nowhere else in the world.

The Temple lake or tank in which the Sanctum is situated is a large structure measuring 302 feet square (about 2 acres). Kerala Architecture, Vernacular Architecture, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, South India, Place Of Worship, Karnataka, Acre, Gazebo

The Temple lake or tank in which the Sanctum is situated is a large structure measuring 302 feet square (about 2 acres).

The Kuthiramalika Palace Museum is also called the Puttan Malika Palace. This enclosure of several palaces forms the nexus of the Trivandrum Fort. Built in the 19th century by the famous poet monarch of Travancore, Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma, the Kuthiramalika Palace preserves the relics that represent the rich heritage of the erstwhile state of Travancore. This majestic palace museum is a fine example of Kerala architecture. Kerala Architecture, Famous Poets, Kerala India, Arabian Horses, Place Of Worship, Palaces, Tibet, Preserves, Craftsman

The Kuthiramalika Palace Museum is also called the Puttan Malika Palace. This enclosure of several palaces forms the nexus of the Trivandrum Fort. Built in the 19th century by the famous poet monarch of Travancore, Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma, the Kuthiramalika Palace preserves the relics that represent the rich heritage of the erstwhile state of Travancore. This majestic palace museum is a fine example of Kerala architecture.