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Kochi Travel Guide

    Cruising Ship at Kochi Harbor

    Cruising Ship at Kochi Harbor



Kochi Travel Guide

Formerly known as Cochin, Kochi is popularly referred to as the Queen of the Arabian Sea. It is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Kerala. There is plethora of tourist attractions in Kochi which adorns the place with its own distinctive charm. Its location on the coast of the Arabian Sea in central Kerala makes it ideal for commercial and industrial purposes.


An amalgamation of various striking cultures like the Portuguese, English, French, Jewish, Dutch and Chinese renders the land with a charm unparallel. This vibrant city is located on the South West coast of Indian peninsula and is considered to be the most beautiful of all the cities in Kerala.


Following are some of the major tourist attractions of Kochi; St. Francis Church, Paradesi Synagogue, Cheeyappara Waterfalls, Backwaters of Kochi, Marine Drive, Kochi Fort, Hill Palace, Mattancherry Palace, Dutch Palace, Bolghatty Palace, Cherai Beach, Santa Cruz Basilica, Jewish Synagogue, Pallipuram, Gundu Island, Aranmula Temple, Chendamangalam Fort, Indo Portuguese Museum, Maritime Museum Kochi, Chinese Fishing Net, Kanjiramattom Mosque, Willingdon Island and a host of others.


The St. Francis Church built in the year 1503, is an Anglican Church which comprises of a tombstone of Vasco-da-Gama. It is an important tourist spot in Kochi. It is the oldest European church in India. There is the Dutch Palace, the design of which is a perfect blend of two architectural patterns the oriental and occidental. The palace houses a number of interesting and intriguing mural paintings along with three temples devoted to Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva and Pazhayannur Bhagavati respectively.


There is a palace on the scenic island of Bolgatty which was established by the Dutch in the year 1744. It is also a great place to visit. The magnificent Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica; a church is a must see tourist destination in Kochi.


The beauty of the Cherai beach surpasses all other beaches in Kochi. The sight is worth savouring. Tourist can avail other facilities like swimming and other related sport activities. There are plenty of coconut groves which throng the place and add to the charm. Another major attraction of Kochi is the Chinese fishing nets. They are huge cantilevered fishing nets located at the Vasco da Gama square.


The Cheeyappara waterfalls sandwiched between Neriamangalam and Adimali on the Kochi-Madurai highway is also an interesting place to visit. The water gushes down a flight of seven steps. The vicinity is an excellent spot for adventurous activities like trekking.


Visiting Kochi during the annual carnival event is a great way to come in close contact with the cultural and traditional essence of the place. Kochi can be easily accessed. At Nedumbassery 30kms from Kochi is the world-class modern International airport. It is well connected with the major cities in India. It is also well connected through railways and has two major railway stations; Ernakulam junction and Ernakulam town.

Last Updated: 01/10/2012

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