India is reckoned as one of the top ten naval powers in the world and owes its credit to the dedication and selfless services rendered by the brave men of India''s formidable naval force.
It is of significance for civilians to understand the value of existence of such a force, which plays a crucial role in safeguarding territorial waters of India. The Maritime Museum, located at INS Dronacharya in Kochi throws light on the genesis, history, evolution and landmarks of the Indian Navy.
Step into the Maritime Museum to have a feel of the great maritime heritage of Indian Navy, which dates back to Indus Valley civilizations; Kerala''s trade links with Arabs, its famous maritime hero Kunjali Marakkar; Influence of India''s maritime power in South East Asia; Colonization of Indian sub-continent by European powers.
At the museum, the visitors are enlightened on the evolution of the navy since 1612, when the Indian Marine was established in Surat.
A section of the museum presents interesting aspects of shipbuilding activities in India. It unravels India''s prowess in shipbuilding, which took its culture to the shores of Java, Sumatra and Bali between 3rd century BC and 12th century AD.
The museum also has a section, which highlights Indian Navy''s share of glory, when it took on its aggressors and eventually emerged victorious in the end. These include details of Junaghad operation, the Goa liberation, Indo-Pak conflicts of 1965 and 1971, Operation Cactus, Operation Pawan and the strategic maneuvers during Kargil.
Visiting hours: 0930 to 1300 hrs &1400 to 1800 hrs
Nearest railway station: Ernakulam, about 12 km
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 44 km