ABOUT COCHIN

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Cochin is Located on the coast of the Arabian Sea.With one of the finest natural harbours in the world this was once a major center of commerce and trade with the British, Arabs, Chinese,Portu guese Dutch etc….. Kochi is the arguably the ideal starting point for exploring the unfathomable diversity and beauty of Kerala, rated in the top three tourist destinations by the World Travel & Tourism Council and featured in National Geographic Traveler's '50 greatest places of a lifetime'.

His commercial capital of Kerala and the most cosmopolitan of the State's cities, Cochin have long been eulogized in tourist literature as the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea'. It has a fascinating blend of cultures. From time immemorial, traders and travelers frequented the place. One of the finest natural harbors in the world is located here. Most of the city's commercial centres and shops are located in the mainland, the town called Ernakulam which also lends its name to the district.

The Chinese fishing nets swaying in the breeze over the backwaters, the Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, Portuguese architecture and British influence all blend harmoniously with the basic thread of Kerala's rich heritage.

Sea: Cochin Harbour – Periodical service to Lakshadweep Island.

Ferry (Boat Jetty) The main ferry station is located 1 km away from Ernakulam South railway station. From here, boats are available to all islands.

Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace) (Open: 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. closed on Fridays) Built by the Portuguese and presented to the Cochin Raja in 1557 Ad, it acquired the present name after 1663, when the Dutch carried out some extensions and repairs in the Palace. In the centre of the building is the coronation hall where the Cochin Rajas held their coronations. Today, it is a portrait gallery of the Cochin Rajas. Adjacent rooms contain 17th century murals depicting scenes from the Indian epic, the Ramayana.

Santa Cruz Basilica This church was built by Portuguese and elevated to Cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558. The British demolished it is 1795 a hundred year later, Bishop Dom Gomez. Ferreira commissioned a new building in the same site. In 1984 the church was proclaimed a Basilica by Pope John Paul II.

Vasco House Built during the 16th century, the Vasco House is believed to have been the residence of Vasco da Gama. It is in Fort Kochi and is one of the oldest Portuguese constructions.

St. Francis' Church, Fort Cochin This Protestant Church was built originally by the Portuguese in 1503AD and it is believed to be the first church built by the Europeans in India. Vasco-da-Gama was buried here. Fourteen years later, his mortal remains were taken to Portugal.

Willingdon Island Another of Cochin's famous island is Willingdon Island, named after Lord Willingdon, the British Viceroy of India. It is a man made island created from the material dredged while deepening the Cochin Port. Situated between Ernakulam and Mattancherry and separated by the backwaters, Willingdon Island is an important part of Cochin. It sites some of the city's best hotels (Casino Hotel, Taj Malabar & Trident) as well as the Government of Indian Tourist Office, the Lakshadweep Tourism Sports Office, the Southern Naval Command Head Quarters, the Cochin Port Trust, and the customs house. Also on the island are the offices of several major trading and industrial houses as well as the Cochin Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Attitudesea level
Area 38863 sq. km
Temperature20 c – 35 c
Summer 30 c – 36 c
Winter18 c – 28 c
Rain fall 254 cm
Best time to visitSepetember to may
ClothingTropical
Languages Malayalam, English,Hindi (spoken)
Nearest Railway Cochin 0 kms
Nearest Railway Aluva 25 kms
Nearest Railway Alleppey 70 kms
Nearest AirportCochin 25 kms
Nearest AirportCoimbatore 200 kms
Nearest Airport Thiruvananthapuram 225 kms
Places to visitDutch palace, Boljetty Island, Marine drive, Francis church, Hill palace, and boating .etc…….

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