An Insight :Cochin (Kochi) is the commercial capital of Kerala, and is sometimes referred to as the Queen of the Arabian Sea. Cochin proudly boasts a rich cultural heritage, but is one of the most fast-paced and modern cities in India. It is also one of the finest natural harbours of the world and a major Indian port. Always a tourist favourite, this city offers visitors plenty. Forts, palaces, museums, old churches, cool backwaters, palm fringed lagoons, beaches and the practicality of a contemporary metro.
|Lets Explore Cochin -- Sightseeing in
The Chinese fishing nets - These huge cantilevered fishing nets along the backwaters are the legacy of the traders from the court of Kublai Khan. Built of teakwood and bamboo poles, they are fascinating to see.
St. Francis Church - This Protestant church was originally built by the Portuguese in 1510 A.D. It is considered to be India's oldest European church. Vasco Da Gama was buried here before his remains were taken back to Portugal 14 years later.
|Mattancherry (Dutch Palace) - Also known as
the Mattancherry Palace, it was built by the Portuguese and presented to
the Kochi Raja in 1555 AD. A fine blend of Indo-European architecture,
it acquired the present name after it was renovated by the Dutch in
1663. In the center of the building is the hall where the Cochin Rajas
held their coronations. This central courtyard also enshrines the deity
of the royal family. Adjacent rooms contain 17th and 18th century murals
illustrating scenes from Indian epics like the Ramayana and Mahabharata.
There are two temples on either side of the main palace, dedicated to
Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva.
Jewish Synagogue - Situated close to the Mattancherry boat jetty, the Synagogue and the ancient Jew town built in 1568 A.D. is of great historical importance. The most distinctive features are its white willow-pattern tiles of which no two are alike.
|Where is Cochin?
By Air The Cochin international airport connects Cochin with several major cities in India with direct flights. Cochin is also served by a few International airlines like Silk Air, Air India, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Eithad and Air Lanka etc.
By Rail - Various super fast trains connect Ernakulam (twin city for Cochin) with the rest of the country.
By Road - Cochin is well connected to the rest of Southern India and serves as the gateway city for other Central and North Kerala tourist destinations like Kumarakom (85 kms), Munnar (160 kms), Periyar (200 kms) etc.