A picturesque location in the state of Kerala, it offers to its visitors a unique combination of beaches, historical monuments, back waters, islands, peninsulas, chinese fishing nets and nature at its splendor. Cochin is situated on the shoreline of Arabian Sea with Kumarakom and Allapuzha district on the south, Idukki on the East and Thrissur on the north. The city is considered as the commercial and industrial capital of the state of Kerala.
Since ancient times it was famous as a trading city and continued its acclaimed glory as the nerve center of the spice coast of India all throughout the history. As a maritime port it attracted people from other continents and countries, who came as traders and later ingeniously invaded this beautiful place. But the remnants of conquer left some good traits of foreign culture which was imbibed and embraced by the locals. The precursor of the invasion was the Portuguese, continued by Dutch, Jewish and English Traders.
Chinese Fishing Nets, Fort Kochi
Cheenavala as called by the people of Kochi are cantilevered fishing nets set on teak wood and bamboo poles. These were erected between the period of 1350 and 1450 by the traders who have come from the court of Chinese Emperor Kubli Khan. You can witness this interesting fishing method from the Vasco Da Gama Square a narrow walkway that runs along the beach in Fort Kochi. The cost of Fort Kochi and Vypeen are dotted with these fishing nets which provide livelihood for the fishermen of this region.
Fort Kochi Beach
A walk through the promenade of the Fort Kochi Beach would surely refresh you. The cool breeze from the sea, ships passing by, Chinese fishing nets and fisherman indulged in their daily venture, small eateries which offers Sea food which you can relish and curio shops for you to shop; all sure to provide you rare moments.
St. Francis Church, Fort Kochi
An oldest church in the region built by Europeans in India and is much known in the name of Vasco Da Gama the Portuguese trader who reached India from Europe by sea. He passed away due to illness during his third visit to India and he was buried in this church. The mortal remains of his body were taken back to Portugal, but the burial site is still attracting lot of tourists.
Vasco House, Fort Kochi
Vasco House in Fort Kochi is considered to be the house that Vasco Da Gama lived during his stay here. One of the oldest Portuguese houses remaining in India features European Glass Pane Windows and Verandahs.
Santa Cruz Basilica, Fort Kochi
Original Church was built in the year 1505 and was declared a cathedral in the year 1558. During the colonization of the British, this church was destroyed. Later in the year1905 this was rebuilt to its present stature and was raised to the status of Basilica by Pope John Paul 2 in 1984.
Jewish Synagogue and Jew Town, Mattancherry
The beautiful Synagogue was built in the year 1568. The exclusive attractions of this synagogue are that the floor has hand painted willow pattern floor tiles brought from China and the Belgian Chandeliers. The giant scrolls of the Old Testament are also displayed there.
Dutch Palace (Mattancherry Palace), Mattancherry
Originally built by the Portuguese, and later presented by the Portuguese to the King of Kochi after modification. The palace is rich with mural paintings depicting scenes from Mahabharata and Ramayana. Coronation ceremonies of many rajas of Koch were held here.
Bolghatty Palace, Bolghatty Island
Located in Bolghatty Island, you can reach there by taking a boat ride from the main Island. Now the Palace has been converted to a hotel run by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) which has a golf court and small honeymoon cottages. This palace was rebuilt by the Dutch in the year 1744 and later taken by the British.
Hill Palace Tripunithara
This palace was built in the 19th century by the Raja of Kochi from where he ruled. Now it has been converted into a wonderful museum where fine collection of articles showing the wealth and splendor of the rajas including his throne and the crown is displayed.
In the evening this is the best place for a relaxing stroll. The backwaters in the setting of the blue horizon will treat your eyes with visuals of fishing boats, ships, speedboats, tankers and ferry service or passenger boats. It is also an exclusive shopping destination.
Willingdon Island is a man-made island created in the year 1933 by dredging the backwater of Cochin Port under the direction of Sir Robert Bristow. For some time the Airport, the seaport and the railway terminus functioned from here. In the contemporary period it is the home of the naval base and Cochin port trust.
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is the fourth largest in India and largest in Kerala. The stadium is the home to Renji Cricket Team and the FC Kochi Football Team.
Kochi is famous for its backwaters also. Long duration houseboat cruise through Vembanad backwaters is famous, for those who are looking for budget version, short tours to nearby villages, birding spots, fish farms and coconut plantations are also available.
Those looking for rejuvenating ayurvedic treatments and body massages or spa, there are many authentic treatment centers available at your service.
For the gourmet of food Kochi is a bastion. Abundant restaurants are available here who serve ethnic cuisine that includes non-vegetarian and vegetarian menu. The region is famous for its spicy sea food.