The lovely Kochi (or Cochin) is a seaside city on the southwest coast of Indian peninsula which is flanked by the Western Ghats mountain ranges on its East and the azure Arabian Sea on the West. It is situated in Ernakulam district of Kerala. Its strategic location is underlined by the sobriquet "Queen of the Arabian Sea" which is used for Kochi. Also referred informally as "Gateway to Kerala", Kochi provides perfect settings to begin your journey to the unfathomable diversity and charms of Kerala.
Cherai beach is ideal for sea swimming while you can take a course of soothing Ayurvedic massage in your seaside resort. Backwaters cruise and Kathakali dance performance are the activities that you must enjoy during your stay in Kochi or Cochin tour. Veega Land on the outskirts of Kochi is South India's largest amusement park which is popular for picnics and weekend hangouts. Shop for some curios and handicrafts at MG Road and Broadway; and do sip the sweet juice of a tender coconut while you stroll on the silvery sands of beautiful Cherai beach in Kochi.
Prime Cochin Tourist Attractions :
Chinese Fishing Nets : Locally known as Cheenavala, the massive Chinese Fishing Nets are lined along the coast of Fort Kochi and Vypeen. Fishermen employ traditional methods to catch fish with these nets, which exist only in Kochi outside China. It is very famous Cochin tourist attractions for travellers.
St. Francis Church : St. Francis Church is the oldest church built by early European settlers and traders to the region. St. Francis Church houses the mortal remains of great Portuguese traveler Vasco da Gama. St. Francis Church is most visited tourist places in Cochin.
Jewish Synagogue : The 1568 built magnificent church has beautiful Belgian chandeliers and Chinese tiles. It is located close to the Dutch Palace in Mattancherry. Jewish Synagogue is also one of the very famous tourist places in Cochin.
Willingdon Island : The man-made island is home to Cochin Port.
Dutch Palace (Mattancherry Palace): It was originally built by the Portuguese. It has a good collection of some fine mural paintings depicting scenes from Hindu mythology and religious texts. Dutch Palace is most visited tourist places in Cochin.
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Things to Do :
Kochi Backwaters Houseboat Cruise : Kochi backwaters are dotted with several islands. A houseboat ride in the serene backwaters will provide you an unforgettable experience of lifetime during Cochin tour.
Kathakali Dance Performance : Kathakali is a traditional dance performance of Kerala which is characterized by its elaborate use of facial expressions, hand gestures and peculiar dance moves. The Cochin Cultural Center, See India Foundation and Art Kerala organize Kathakali dance performances for travelers every evening.
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Getting There :
By Air : Regular flights originate from Kochi International Airport that connect it with other cities in India and the world.
By Train : Ernakulam Junction, Ernakulam Town and Cochin Harbour Terminus connect Kochi with the rest of India with railways.
By Road : National Highway (NH) 47, NH 17 and NH 49 connect Kochi with nearby states and cities.
By Sea : Regular ferry and boat service is available from Kottayam, Kumarakom and Alleppey to Kochi that will take you to the city through picturesque backwaters.