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Cochin City Guide

Must Visit : Marine Drive, Chinese Fishing Nets, St. Francis Church, Bolgatty Palace

Kochi, formerly known as Cochin City Guide was the first of the European colonies in India, initially of Portugal and later occupied by the Dutch and then the British. Over the period of time this vibrant city situated on the southwest coast of India has developed as an industrial and commercial hub of Kerala – the God’s Own Country. Kochi is not only an important city from trade and business point of view but a paradise for tourists as well, and travelers from all over the world visit Kochi for its breathtaking scenic beauty and backwaters. Kochi is generally regarded as the gateway for exploring the beauty and diversity of Kerala and Cochin City Guide.

Location Located in south west coast of the Indian peninsula, Kochi is flanked by the Arabian Sea in the west and Western Ghats in the East with most of the Kochi city lying at sea level along the 48 kilometer coast line. Often referred to as “Queen of Arabian Sea”, Kochi is an ideal starting point for exploring the panoramas of Kerala.

Best time & Climate Kochi generally has a moderate equatorial climate throughout the year because of its proximity to equator and sea with little seasonal variations in temperature. Monsoon season during June and September brings heavy showers with thunder and lightning. During winters between the months of December and February, the temperature and humidity is moderately low that makes it an ideal time to visit Kochi and Cochin City Guide.

How to reach Kochi ?

By Air- Kochi boasts of a world class international airport connecting it to all important Indian cities and there are also direct flights to Singapore, Colombo and all major cities in the Middle East. Kochi airport is the first in India to be built using private investment.

By Rail - An extensive network of trains connects Kochi with rest of India. Kochi has three railway stations that are also the starting points of many train routes.

By Road - Kochi is well connected with other South Indian cities as well as rest of India by very good network of national and state highways. In fact, three major national highways start or pass through the city of Kochi apart from many state roads.

By Sea or Backwaters - It is an adventurous way to reach Kochi that gives you an opportunity to enjoy the famous backwaters of the region. Regular boat service to other places of tourist attraction like Alleppey, Kottayam and Kumarakom are available from Kochi.

Tourist attractions in and around Kochi

Marine Drive - Built facing the backwaters of Vembanad Lake, Marine Drive is a must visit for every visitor to Kochi. One can enjoy the picturesque view of sunrise and sunset in the sea and also enjoy the gentle breeze coming from the lake.

Chinese Fishing Nets - This is a unique way of fishing believed to be introduced by the Chinese explorers and is a major tourist attraction in Kochi. These nets have fixed land installations, which are used from the shores in a very unique and unusual way for fishing.

Fort Kochi - Fort Kochi is a small region in the southwest of Kochi city that has many European style bungalows. You can enjoy an evening stroll along the beach with ships and Chinese fishing nets in the background.

St. Francis Church - St. Francis Church is the oldest church built by the Europeans in India. It is believed that Vasco da Gama died in Kochi during his third visit to India and was buried in this church. The burial spot of Vasco da Gama is clearly marked out inside the church visit Cochin City Guide.

Santa Cruz Basilica - This church was originally built by the Portuguese and later named as a Cathedral. This was destroyed by the British colonists and rebuilt in 1905. This church was raised to the status of Basilica by Pope John Paul II in 1984.

Mattancherry Palace - Also known as Dutch Palace, Mattancherry Palace features Kerala murals and its frescos depict mythology and legends of the Hindu religion. This palace was built by the Portuguese and was later modified and presented to the Raja of Kochi.

Bolgatty Palace - Bolgatty Palace, built by the Dutch traders, is one of the oldest existing Dutch Palaces outside Netherlands and is located in an island popularly known as Bolgatty Island. This palace has earlier served as Governor’s residence for the Dutch and the British.

Jewish Synagogue Also known as Paradesi Synagogue, this Synagogue is the oldest in the Commonwealth Nations that is still in use. This was built by the Jewish community of Kochi in the erstwhile Kingdom of Kochi. This Synagogue is beautifully decorated with Chinese tiles and Belgian Chandeliers.

Hill Palace - Built and used by the Rajas of Kochi as their administrative office, the Hill Palace is now the largest archaeological museum in Kerala showcasing a fine collection depicting the wealth and splendor of Raja of Kochi.

Pallipuram Fort - This is the oldest existing European fort in India built by the Portuguese in the year 1503.

Museum of Kerala History - You will be greeted by the statue of Parasurama at the entrance of this museum. Sculptures in this museum portray important historical events of Kerala.

Apart from the above tourist destinations, Kochi has many more attractions that will keep the travelers amazed throughout their stay in Kochi.