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Traditional Architecture


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 structures.

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.
Building Monuments
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.
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