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Chendamangalam in Ernakulam is known for its church, temple, mosque and the remains of a Jewish synagogue

Chendamangalam Monuments

Nothing more can be a perfect example of religious tolerance and peaceful co-existence than the small yet impressive town of Chendamangalam. A church, a temple, a mosque, and the remains of a Jewish synagogue all sited in close vicinity of each other exhibit true Indian sovereignty. The rare combination of three rivers, seven inlets, hillocks, and vast expanse greens makes this destination a unique geographical experience. Situated about 42 km from Ernakulam district in Kerala, Chendamangalam has been gifted with the treasure of beauty and serenity. Once the dwelling place of the Paliath Achans, prime ministers to the former Maharajas of Kochi, the Paliam Palace is a perfect illustration of architectural magnificence of Kerala. The palace houses a collection of historic documents and relics.

To treat your eyes to an enthralling view to the church, temple, mosque and the Jewish synagogue, climb up to the hillocks at Kottayi Kovilakom. The Vypeenkotta Seminary built in the 16th century by the Portuguese is another amazing place of interest. However, the major attraction at this destination is the Chendamangalam Fort which stands tall from more than 450 years. The fort is the only reason why the town of Ernakulam has come into limelight. Apart from strength, valor, and pure vim, the Chendamangalam Fort is also famous because of the artifacts which are stored here, including some extremely rare historical documents and precious relics. Apart from this, the town appeals highly to scholars and intellectuals as the first printing press of India was set up here.

The Chendamangalam Ayappa Temple makes another addition in the list of must-visits in Chendamangalam. The temple is a hub of traditional, cultural, and ritualistic activities, allowing one to learn a lot about the ethical and cultural side of this part of India. Since the place is still unexplored, you always have an option of trekking on the mountain ranges situated in close proximity, giving you an opportunity to delve deeper into the realms of peace and scenic beauty. The lush greenery and breathtaking landscapes formed by the three rivers provide a soothing and captivating experience. Due to the tropical climate of the area, the temperature here always remains between 26 0C and 31 0C. The best spot to admire the expanse of the beauty spread all over is from the top of the fort, providing a momentary escape from the mundane routines and monotonous lifestyle.

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