Kerala is not only about cool coconut groves and lush paddy fields, palm fringed beaches and emerald backwaters, verdant hills and rain forests, but much more.It is also a treasure trove of architectural monuments.
The state has a great composite culture, enriched by three main religions – Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. Hinduism is practised by majority of the population while Christianity figures one fourth of the total population. Islam was introduced by Arab traders in the 7th century. These communities have greatly contributed to the monumental wealth of the state in terms of its history and culture.Some of the great architectural treasures of the state like the beautiful wooden palace at Padmanabhapuram and the 16th century Jewish synagogue at Fort Kochi are marvellous tourist attractions and are worth visiting.
The different monuments of Kerala symbolic of its art and architecture that stand in between the golden palm beaches, the serene lagoons and the pristine hills offer every tourist in Kerala a spectacular sight. The massive forts, once a witness to the chaos of sprawling powers and kingdoms stand silently as an acknowledgment of the past glory. The temples and churches are also reminiscent of the elegance and prosperity of a bygone era.