Kochi, earlier known as Cochin is the most-popular places to visit in Kerala. Titled the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, this city has a number of charms. It is the commercial capital of the Southern Indian State of Kerala. Additionally, being one of the finest natural harbours of the world, it is a major Indian port. Cochin tours come with many surprise and experience that you cherish for a lifetime. Amazing modern and yet historic and cultural at the same time, every nook and corner has excitements that are absolutely unmissable! Besides, Cochin is the gateway to Kerala owing to its international airport as well as train connections.
Always a tourist favourite, this city offers visitors plenty. Cochin is blessed by nature. The shores are breath-taking. The Chinese fishing nets dipping in the water enhance the beauty. Especially at sunset and sunrise, people come to relax on the beaches and watch the marvellous changing colours of the sky and sea. The famous backwaters of Kerala find its place in this port city too. These unexplored backwaters makes you forget the chaos of the cities and pampers you with natural bliss.
Cochin’s cultural legacy is a fascinating mix. The native along with the footprints of the colonials-Dutch, Portuguese, British are amazing to explore. The city sightseeing include forts, palaces, museums, old churches, and more. The interesting places to visit in Cochin include the Mattancherry Palace also known as the Dutch Palace. Built by the Portuguese while some parts by Dutch, the 16th century palace was presented to the then ruler of Cochin Raja. Marvel at the fine blend of Indo-European architecture in the St. Francis Church, where Vasco Da Gama was buried before his remains were taken back to his homeland Portugal 14 years later. The Jewish Synagogue in the ancient Jew town built in 1568 A.D. is of great historical importance. The Chinese fishing nets too are a gift of the foreigner who made the city their home. A new addition, Kumbalangi Village is an eco-village that has many ideas of sustainable-tourism.
The tourist attractions in Cochin are not just its beauty and history, there is more. The taste of the dishes of Kerala are best enjoyed here. From scrumptious fares served at the streets to fine-dining restaurants there are many choices. Shopping is also a thrill as you can find treasures of handicrafts and indigenous treasures. Also, Cochin is a hub of spectacular cultural performances; from Kathakali dance performance to a display of the skills of Kalariyapattu and Carnatic music.
Besides its own tourist attractions, Cochin is the getaway to Munnar, Alleppey, Kumarakom, Thrissur and other popular places in Kerala.
How To Get There
Cochin is a busy International, served by International airlines viz, Air India, Emirates, Sri Lankan, Silk Air, Qatar Airways, and Kuwait Airways. The eco-friendly air terminal has connections from all major domestic airlines, connecting it with the rest of India.
Cochin is easily accessible by a network of railways. There are various super-fast trains that connect Ernakulam Railway Station in the city with the rest of the country.
Cochin serves as the gateway to tourist places Kerala and is connected by fairly good highways with Kumarakom (85 km), Munnar (160 km) and Periyar (200 km).