Cochin also known as Kochi is a main port by the Arabian Sea, it is located
in the district of Ernakulam in Gods own Country Kerala in the western coast of India. It is a clean and green port city providing its guests with every bit of modern amenities that is required by tourists.
Large number of people visits this place inorder to see the majestic monuments and architectures that dot the city along with several majestic islands and backwaters that are astounding in nature.
The city of Kochi and the places of attractions in and around Kochi are truly rich in every aspect of tourism with the capacity of satiating the hunger of each and every tourist who comes for a relief and rejuvenation from a hustling and bustling daily life.
The artificial beauty of city amalgamates with the greenery, beaches and backwaters to provide the best tour to any of the tourists. Backwater cruise can also be relished along the backwaters of Kochi which will leave you spell bounding.
Places of Attractions: Cherai Beach
It is an ideal beach destination for sand lovers and for those who want to relish the glittering sunset with a background of scenic surroundings. It is located on Vypeen Island which is at a distance of 18 Km from Vypeen. The serene and tranquil ambience of this beach will provide an isolated time for nature lovers.
Popular as the first settlements of the Portuguese in Kochi, it is a small village nearby the suburbs of the main city. The best part about visiting this spontaneous village is that you will get to see the colonial buildings on the coastline along with the famed Chinese Fishing Nets and several ships that sail around the Arabian Sea. The view of the glittering sun as it pierces through the fishing nets is truly majestic and memorable.
St. Francis Church
It was built in 1503 and has a momentous importance as it is the oldest European Church in India. It is a mute witness to the resist of the European regal in the subcontinent. The leftovers of Vasco Da Gama who passed away in 1524 was kept here for 14 years before it was taken to Lisbon, the now capital of Portugal. The construction which can be seen today was built to restore the original wooden structure.
Constructed in 1568 A.D., it heightened as a testimony for communal harmony in Kerala for centuries. The key attractions inside the premises of this synagogue are number of copper plates which are inscribed in Hebrew script and the Scrolls of Old Testament. They are preserved and protected inside the premises.
The Dutch palace
Popularly known as the Mattanchery Palace, it was constructed by the Portuguese and in 1555 it was accessed to the Raja of Cochin. Exhibit of dresses and Palanquins worn by the rulers of Cochin, ornaments the coronation hall while the middle courtyard seems extraordinary with a temple devoted to Pazhayannur Bhagavathi.
It was reconstructed by the Dutch so the name of the palace was kept with their name though original construction was done by Portuguese. The murals in here are the best examples of the Hindu temple art.
There are other scintillating places apart from these places to relish the every bit of your visit which includes Jew Town, Santa Cruz Basilica, Kashi Art Gallery, and Indo-Portuguese Museum etc. that are truly inspiring and captivating.
Best Time to Visit
The climate of Cochin is classified as tropical monsoon and the best time to visit Kochi is from October to April, it is also the peak season where tourists from across the globe flock to this place to enjoy the colonial past and natural surroundings.