The Maritime Museum established in 2001 is located within the premises of INS Dronacharya at Fort Kochi. It was established with an aim to create an awareness of our maritime history. As one enters the main building through a corridor, one finds wooden boards on both sides of the corridor with the history of the evolution of the Indian Navy printed in bold letters from 712 CE till date.
Two old bunkers have been used as galleries. One portrays the history of Kerala and the other the evolution of the Indian Navy. The portraits displayed depict the maritime history of India from the Indus Valley Civilization. A prominent exhibit at the Maritime Museum is a detailed map of the route taken by Westerners to reach the Keralan coast. Models of Vasco da Gama, the great Portuguese explorer and Kunjali Marakkar, the legendary sea warrior, who fought against the Portuguese Navy, are displayed in the Museum. An oil painting of San Gabriel, the flagship of Vasco da Gama is also one among the displayed objects.
Literature on ship-building carried out in other parts of the country has been shown in detail at the Musuem. The history of Indian Navy which dates back to 1612 when it was set up in Surat and details of the ship-building activities can be obtained there. The Museum reminds us of the contribution of the Indian Navy in the India-Pakistan war in 1965 and 1971, the Goa Liberation, the Kargil War, and so on. Among the display of flags, uniforms, rank badges, and the naval regalia from different stages in Indian history, is a memento presented to the Indian Naval offices by their Pakistani counterparts during Partition. It carries the inscription ‘Goodbye and Good Luck’. There are also naval models, armoury, and equipment from the past and the present.
Maritime Museum Fort Kochi - by Kerala Tourism