Kerala is not only about fresh coconut trees and lush rice paddies, palm-lined beaches and emerald backwaters, green hills and rainforests, but much more; it is also a treasure of architectural monuments.
The state has a great culture composed, enriched by three main religions: Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. Hinduism is practiced by the majority of the population, while Christianity represents a quarter of the total population. Islam was introduced by Arab merchants in the seventh century. These communities have contributed greatly to the monumental wealth of the state in terms of its history and culture. Some of the great treasures of the state such as the beautiful wooden palace in Padmanabhapuram and the sixteenth-century Jewish synagogue in Fort Kochi are wonderful tourist attractions and worth visiting.
The different monuments of Kerala, symbolic of its art and architecture that are located between the golden palm beaches, serene lagoons and virgin hills offer all tourists in Kerala a marvelous view. The massive forts, which once witnessed the chaos of powers and expanding kingdoms, remain silent as a recognition of past glory. Temples and churches also remember the elegance and prosperity of a bygone era.