Cochin

Overview

Kochi also known as the Queen of the Arabian sea,was an important spice trading centere on the west cost of India from the 14th century onward,and maintained a trade network with Arab merchants from the pre-islamic era.Kochi is the largest city in the Kerala.Most of the tourists coming from abroad first come to this city.There are many tourist attractions in and arround Kochi.This costal city also has many tourist places of historical importance.Some of the kerala tour packages take tourists different parts of the city.Kochi ranks first in the total number of international and domestic tourist arrivals in Kerala.Kochi has been ranked sixth best tourist destination in India.

The lovely seaside city is flanked by the Western Ghats on the east and Arabian sea on the west.It's proximity to the equator ,the sea and the mountains provide a rich experiance of a moderate equatorial climate.

 

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Willingdon Island, Kochi, Kerala, India

This man-made island was created in 1933 by sand dredged while deepening the backwaters for the Cochin Port, under the direction of Sir Robert Bristow. A while back the Airport, Sea port and the railway terminus (Cochin Harbour Terminus) were situated on this island. Today, it is the home of the Cochin Port and the headquarters of the Sourthern Naval Command. The airport continues to be the naval air station, while the main airport has been moved to Nedumbassery, 30kms north-east of Cochin. Most of the trains now terminate at Ernakulam Junction instead of Cochin Harbour Terminus.There are beautiful walkways and jetty’s on this island. My favorite is the “Embarkation Jetty”. It has a walkway and a jetty close by. A good place to enjoy a leisure walk over evening sun!

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Jewish Synagogue

The synagogue, built in 1568, is magnificently decorated by Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers. Giant scrolls of the Old Testament can be found here.This synagogue is located in the old part of Mattenchery Town in Kochi known as Jew Town.

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St.Francis church

This is the oldest European church in India.It was build in the early 16th century.This was initially build by the portuguese.This was the place where Vasco da Gama was first buried.Later his remains were taken to portugal.Tourists who are interested in historical places come here.This church is situated in Fort Kochi.

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Marine Drive, Kochi, Kerala, India

Kochi, which is a city located in the coastal area is also located close to backwaters.  At marine drive in Kochi there are many boats that take visitors through the backwaters. By taking a cruise along the backwaters it is possible to see different parts of the city. Here it is also possible to see many ships at a close distance.

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Tripunithura Hill Palace

Hill palace is a place of historic importance. It is from this palace that Kochi Rajas carried out their administration. This Hill Palace is an ideal place for history lovers The palace has been converted into a museum displaying a fine collection of articles showing the wealth and splendour of the Rajas of Kochi, including the thone and the crown. The musuem also houses a large collection of archaeological findings. Hill Palace is located 16km east of Cochin in Tripunithura, a satellite town of Cochin.

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Cherai Beach

This lovely beach ideal for swimming is located on the north end of Vypin island, one of the many small islands just off the mainland. The beach is lined by gorgeous coconut groves and paddy fields. Vypeen can be reached by land or by boat.

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