Maritime Museum Kochi
Maritime Museum Kochi
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Joji J
Kochi (Cochin), India3,054 contributions
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Sep 2019
The Indian Naval Maritime Museum is a keeper of Indian naval history and is managed by the Indian Navy. The museum contains huge replicas of naval ships and an impressive collection of naval arms and ammunition and showcases the devotion, bravery and selfless services rendered by men of Indian navy. The genesis, evolution and history of the Indian Navy,. Kerala's trade links with Arabs, the aspects of shipbuilding in India etc are also showcased in the museum.The Indian Navy's operations like the Goa liberation and Indo-Pak conflicts of 1965 and 1971, operation Cactus, operation Pawan and the strategic drills during the Kargil war are also showcased here. A group of students also joined us when we visited the museum and they were really interesting in studying the details about the items showcased there.
Written December 16, 2019
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BlackLotus
Chennai (Madras), India45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
Visited this place in the morning 11ish. It was pretty hot. The halls are not air conditioned and some flooring repair work is going on currently. We spent little time going through the different photos etc inside the rooms and spent more time looking at the guns/model ships and helicopter. The helicopter was off limits and we could see it beyond the wall. There is a film show that talks about Naval history and recent functions etc, but could not watch it completely due kids, who were completely bored within two minutes. Otherwise it was time well spent. Overall worth a visit.
Written May 2, 2017
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Clive F
Bristol, UK1,285 contributions
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Mar 2016 • Solo
The distinction in my mind is that a maritime museum covers general nautical issues, rather than purely naval power. Although there is information here about trade patterns and types of ships, the purpose of the museum - to which over 95% of its material is devoted - is to explore the history of the Indian Navy and its forebears, the Royal Indian Navy and the Bombay Marine (in East India Company days).

The fact that it does so at all is fascinating: India's obsession with security is such that I've never found a single military museum in a country with such a full martial history that is open to the public. There is an Air Force Museum in Delhi, but it happens never to be open at advertised times when I've tried to visit it.

So it was almost with a sense of disbelief that as I followed the one sign in Kochi to this poorly advertised museum I realised that it must be an enclave in the Indian Navy's shore establishment INS DRONACHARYA (a name in Hindu mythology redolent of martial prowess).

Digressing back to security, of course one isn't allowed to photograph the ship's gate, but it is difficult to conclude from the ship's crest that DRONACHARYA is anything other than the air defence school for the Indian Navy.

The museum is indeed an enclave as I had supposed, with a flat entry fee (of 40 rupees) for foreigners as well as Indians. There is also a 100 rupee fee for cameras.

The museum is contained mainly in two former bunkers, with some exhibits outside between them and the perimeter wall. The story of the development of naval power in India was well told, with some fascinating material about the emergence of an Indian Navy during the British period.

I found the period following India's independence particularly interesting, especially the area got up as an Ops Room during the first Indo-Pakistan war. The invasion (sorry, do I mean liberation?) of Goa is also well covered; I had forgotten just how much military force India used during that operation. (It is an achievement to have preserved the image of a non-aligned peace-loving nation after such a blatant exercise of force).

Another aspect of the museum which particularly interested me was seeing Soviet equipment not long out of service which I had only previously seen in photographs.

I am extremely glad that I found this museum, which should be trumpeted as well worth visiting. Do note, however, that the museum shuts for lunch, and brush aside the foolish tuk-tuk man outside the gate who stands by his demands for 100 rupees for a ride back to Fort Kochi, when even as a foreigner I secured a ride for 40 rupees (25 being the going rate for Indians).
Written March 29, 2016
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WasimAhad
Kochi (Cochin), India18 contributions
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Sep 2014 • Couples
I visited this museum only once in my life. A beautiful view from the top of the museums unforgettable. Salute to Navy.
Written August 19, 2015
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TravelOnceMore
Pune, India84 contributions
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Apr 2015 • Couples
I have visited quite a few museums till now.
I had quite similar expectations, museum full of scale models and old artifacts, from this museum as well.

But to our surprise this museum had something different to offer.
Enter the gate and you will gate to see several scale models, diffused bombshells and Helicopter retired from service standing out in the open.
When you enter the segment on the left, you will get to see several painting depicting many interesting facts about India in general and about Navy.
It has one room which has sculptures showing history of India in context who entered India like Portuguese, Dutch, Britishers so on so forth.
There is one elder person who guided us throughout and had very deep knowledge about the things.

Then there is all the usual stuff like Uniforms, badges, guns so on so forth.

But as mention in the subject, it has one room full of pictures which has history of rulers of India and how they managed / developed their Navy. It was very interesting to know Indian history in context of Navy.
Also there is another room which has paintings of all the ship types from past to present and their details.
I am not a expert in Naval domain and thus can't comment about correctness about it.
But all I can say is that all that stuff was truly overwhelming.

Must visit if you crave for such information.
Written April 24, 2015
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Ritujha3
98 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014
This place deserves much morr respect and maintenance..there are ship models and equipment lying in open lawns without sheds..and are pieces of history going to waste. If only the authorities could take notice..its a great place to take kids yo..there are ship steering wheels beacon lights and sailor uniforms to look at..
Written January 23, 2015
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Kathleen F
Nanaimo, Canada415 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
We spent substantially more time in this museum than we anticipated. There were interesting displays and things were well labelled and described. For no additional charge there was a curator that guided you through the museum and shared lots of pertinent information. We felt it was good use of our time visiting this museum and were happy we chose to go.
Written March 17, 2019
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BobnearRaleigh
Durham, NC63 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
We walked a mile to get to the museum because we needed the exercise. The walk was the best part. The exhibits consist of dioramas that explain the history. Unfortunately we could not view the film because of power fluctuations. The bulk of the collections focused on naval paraphenalia (medals, insignia, uniforms etc) and pieces of equipment. Unless you are a naval buff or served in the navy, it is probably too esoteric to be of interest. The walk back through the surrounding neighborhoods was very enjoyable.
Written March 1, 2019
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Jillian2232014
Newcastle, Australia37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Couples
We are interested in maritime history so thoroughly enjoyed this well curated little museum primarily focused on the history of the Indian navy but also covers early maritime history on the Malabar coast. A 40Rs trip from Fort Cochin in a tuk tuk, well worth the visit you are sure to learn something. A sad item was a beautiful cup presented at the time of partition by what had become the Pakistan Navy to their old colleagues in the Indian Navy, it was engraved "Goodbye and good luck". In the light of the events that unfolded I found it quite moving.
Written February 10, 2016
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krishna292
Hyderabad District, India1,351 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
Our visit to Kochi became worth after we visited this museum located in the Fort area of Kochi. We reached here in the afternoon after lunch at the nearby Fort Queen restaurant and spent about 2 hours visiting various sections of the museum. To our surprise we did not find any one to guide us or tell us (except the guards at the gate) about the museum, popularly known as Navy museum. Having a fair knowledge of naval arms and ships because of my long service in Defence Research and Development Organization, I spent a lot time as the information was very interesting and well displayed. There are several guns, weapons, models of ships and a navy helicopter displayed in the outside compound with information on the poster attached near each item. As one enters the main building through a corridor, he finds wooden boards on both sides of the corridor with history of Indian Navy printed in bold letters from 712 AD till date. I found it very informative as it gives a glimpse of the history of Indian navy dating back to 8th century. I took photographs of some of them (there are about 8-10 boards) and it almost took us on hour to go through all of them I am attaching a few photographs here just to give an idea of the narration. The last board narrates the Navy's action during the recent Indo-Pakistan battles. In the adjoining rooms, we found several ship models, paintings, sketches and photographs showing naval actions by the Indian Navy. Since we were in a hurry to leave for the airport, we could not spend more time going through each exhibit. My son also evinced keen interest and found it very useful. There is also a room with projector having an arrangement to show a film in Indian Navy's evolution but found no one there. Later I found that being a Saturday, the staff had left after lunch. However, this apathy on the part of management is the only reason I am giving Navy Museum four stars but because of great display and the informative exhibits it deserves 5-star. I wish that the management should take more interest and increase the awareness among people. Even the local public also does not look much interested and this museum appears to be only for the servicemen, as we found only 2-3 more tourists at that time. It is definitely a must visit place in Kochi and needs wide publicity..
Written October 27, 2015
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