Kerala : A short tourist guide

Trivandrum: A beautiful seaside city

Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala, is built on a series of hills that gradually descends to the sea. Trivandrum as a city has much to offer. The Padmanabhaswamy temple; the Napier mueseum with a fine collection of bronzes; the Oriental manuscript Library which preserves ancient palm leaf manuscripts; the Chitralayam Art Mueseum with its Indian and South East Asian collection.

Cochin: The finest natural harbour

This palm-green commercial city of Kerala is one of the finest natural harbours in the world from where ships set sail for foreign ports with different products of Kerala, like pepper, seafood, rubber and coir. Across the bridge into the old city, there are bastions and streets built by the Portuguese over 500 years ago. It was here in St Francis Church that the body of Vasco da Gama was originally buried. The enormous fishing nets on the sea front of Cochin provide a charming view.

Calicut: The historic city