St Francis Church :
Built in 1503 by Portuguese Fransciscan friars,this is India's oldest
European church ,Vascoda Gama's mortal remains were buried here
in 1524 before they were removed to Lisbin
Santa Cruz Basillica : 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 ans 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, scroll 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 Kerala Tourism Development Corporation.
Hill Palace Museum, Thrippunithura: The palace complex
built in 1865 houses an ethno archaeological museum and Kerala's first ever heritage museum.
Chinese Fishing Nets/Vasco da Gama
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.