An ode to the Indian Navy, the Maritime Museum is a spectacular site that is housed within INS Dronacharya at Fort Kochi. As you enter the museum, you are greeted by wooden boards on either side that narrate the evolution of the Indian Navy from 712 CE to the present. The galleries of the museum have been set up in old bunkers, and while one gives a peek into the history of Kerala, the other portrays the rich history of the Navy and the maritime history of India from the times of the Indus Valley Civilisation. A highlight of the museum is a detailed map of the sea route taken by Europeans to reach the Konkan coast. You can also find models of famous Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama, and legendary sea warrior, Kunjali Marakkar, who fought bravely against the Portuguese navy. The museum also has archives of the elaborate literature on ship-building carried out throughout the country. Moreover, visitors can find detailed displays of the contribution of the Indian Navy in the wars of 1965 and 1971 with Pakistan, the Kargil War and the Goa Liberation. These are shown in the forms of flags, rank badges, uniforms, naval regalia from different times of history and a memento given to the Navy by their Pakistani counterparts during the Partition. The memento carries the inscription," Goodbye and Good Luck." Tourists can also find the armoury, naval models and other equipment.

The museum was created in 2001 with an aim to create awareness about maritime history.

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