Timings : Tuesday - Sunday: 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Closed on Monday
Entry Fees : Adults: INR 40
Closest Bus Stop : Amaravathi bus stop, Approx 1.8 km away
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Located on the INS Dronacharya premises in the Ernakulam district of Kochi, Kerala, the Indian Naval Maritime Museum is an ode to the Indian Navy’s maritime past. The museum sheds light on the country’s maritime heritage, depicts international trade links, pays tribute to major maritime figures and also focuses on the settlement of the Europeans in India.
The Maritime Museum is divided into sections, each of which focuses on different aspects of the country’s naval and maritime past. It sheds light on the development of the Indian Navy from the 1600s onwards, the various shipbuilding activities, the countless wars fought and won, and much more. There are a number of exhibits which include fax machines found on naval ships, a brass muzzle-loading canon as well as rank badges, flags, naval regalia etc. which were offered to Indian Naval officers. Outside on the lawn are other displays and war memorabilia including torpedoes, rocket launchers, radars, models of warships etc.
Some of the exhibits showcase Vasco da Gama’s journey from Europe to India and his subsequent settlement here and also maps that trace the journey of other European maritime travellers. There is also an oil painting of San Gabriel, da Gama’s flagship that brought him to the Beypore harbour. One can also learn about the trade links of the Indus Valley Civilisation with the Arabs, Portuguese and Dutch. Furthermore, there is a section called “Navy in Action” which is dedicated to the contributions of the Indian Navy post India’s independence and during subsequent wars with neighbouring countries.
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