The architecture of Kerala is a unique amalgam of
external influences that are both foreign and Indian, in origin.
The Southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim stretching upto China had the
greatest impact on the style of architecture of Kerala.
The manifestation of external influences is evident in Kerala's
architecture with its gabled roofs and all wood, coconut-frond thatched
constructions. The 'Nalukettu' is flanked by out-houses and utility
The traditional houses of Keralities are built in accordance with the
principles of 'Thatchushastra', the science of carpentry and
'Vaastushastra' the ancient Indian science of architecture.
The Padmanabhaswamy Temple and the Napier museum
in Thiruvananthapuram, the Bolgatty Palace in Kochi the Arakkal Palace
at Kannur and the Kolathiri Palace at Chirakal are but only a few
examples of Kerala's architecture.