Padmanabhapuram Palace (63 km - 2 '/2 hours. Closed on Mondays) : The seat of the erstwhile rulers of Travancore, this splendid palace is situated at Thuckalai, on the way to Kanyakumari. This is a well preserved wooden palace, a glorious testimony to the traditional Kerala School of architecture. The extraordinary murals, exquisite floral carvings and the black glossy granite floor have withstood the test of time.
Krishnapuram Palace : The palace museum is known for its collection of antique sculptures, paintings and bronzes. The 18th century mural Gajendramoksham is the largest mural in Kerala.
St. Francis Church : Built in 1503 by Portuguese Fransciscan friars, this is India's oldest European church. Vasco da Gama's mortal remains were buried here in 1524 before they were removed to Lisbon.
Santa Cruz Basilica : Dating back to 1558, this church has beautiful murals on the ceiling.
Mattanchery (Dutch) Palace : Built in 1557, the palace has on display murals depicting scenes from the Indian epics and legends, Dutch maps, period furniture and royal collections.
Jewish Synagogue : The oldest synagogue in the common wealth, this was constructed in 1568. Hand painted willow patterned floor tiles, Hebrew inscriptions on stone slabs, scrolls from the Old Testament, ancient scripts on copper plates etc. are the attractions here.
Bolgatty Palace : Built by the Dutch in 1744, this palace is today a hotel run by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation.
Hill Palace Museum, Thripunithura : The palace complex built in 1865 houses an ethno archaeological museum and Kerala's first ever heritage museum.
Chinese Fishing Nets / Vasco da Gama Square
These huge cantilevered fishing nets are the legacy of one of the first visitors to the Malabar Coast. Erected here between 1350 and 1450 AD by traders from the court of Kublai Khan, these nets are built of teak wood and bamboo poles. The best place to watch the nets being lowered into the sea and catch being brought in is the Vasco da Gama Square, a narrow promenade that runs along the beach. The Square is an ideal place to idle, with stalls serving fresh delicious seafood, tender coconut etc.
Palakkad District (Palghat)
Palakkad Fort : This fort was built by Hyder Ali of Mysore in 1766.
Thali Temple : Dating back to the 14 th century, the temple is a fine example of the total integration that can exist between wood and laterite.
Ambalavayal Heritage Museum : One of the best heritage museums in Kerala, this one houses artifacts that belong to the various tribes of the land.
St.Angelo Fort : Built by the Portuguese Viceroy, Don Fransiscan De Almeda in1505, this fort became one of the important military centres of the Dutch and later the British in Malabar.
The Thalasseri Fort : This fort was constructed in 1708 as the military centre of the British.
Thodeekulam Siva Temple : Believed to have been built about 2000 years ago, this temple is famous for it mural paintings.
Bekal Fort : The 300 year old fort is one of the largest and best preserved forts in Kerala.This imposing circular laterite structure rises 130 ft above sea level and stands on a 35 acre headland that runs into the Arabian Sea.
Ananthapura Lake Temple : This 9 th century monument is the only lake temple in Kerala.