Kochi ( Cochin )
A charming blend of colonial culture, Cochin symbolizes a city with
melange of several exotic cultures like the Portuguese, Jewish, English,
French, Dutch and Chinese. The fascinating beauty of the place has
an essence of cosmopolitan character and this reflects in the buildings
and structures of the city which represents different regions of the
world. Cochin boasts of one of the finest natural harbours in the
world and its natural beauty and colonial charisma has earned it the
name Queen of the Arabian Sea.
Kochi (Cochin), is situated on the west coast of India in the beautiful
state of Kerala. It is flanked by the Arabian Sea on the western side
and the Western Ghats on the eastern side.
Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace)
Built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to Raja Veera Kerala
Varma of Kochi (Cochin), the palace was renovated in 1663 by the Dutch.
Beautiful murals depicting scenes from the epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata
and some of the puranic Hindu legends are kept on display.
Built by the Dutch in 1744 AD, this palace once served as the residence
of the Dutch and the British Governors. The palace is on the scenic
island near Ernakulam and a ferry ride to the island offers a pleasant
A feast for the eyes, Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls are located
between Neriamangalam and Adimali on the Kochi - Madurai highway.
The first site of the Portuguese settlement, Fort Kochi is a complex
of colonial buildings, commercial and trading centers, military base,
and residential buildings, representing the remarkable cultures of
the European who left their heritages to this land in their respective
Situated on Mattancherry island, this Jewish place of worship was
built in 1568. It contains, among other things, the scrolls of Old
Testament and some exquisite Belgium chandeliers.
St. Francis Church
The oldest church built by the European in India, St. Francis was
the site where Vasco da Gama was buried. The church is distinguished
for its decorated façade with multi-curved sides.
Besides these, the other tourist attractions are Hill palace, Cherai
Beach, Thalassery Fort, Bhoothathankettu, Gundiu Island, Kodanad,
Kodungalloor, Pareekshith Thampuran Museum and Vypeen Island.
Best Time & Climate
Being situated very close to the sea, Kochi has a moderate climate.
Heavy showers are experienced during the months June, July and August
due to the South-West Monsoon. In summer the temperature rises to
a maximum of 35 ºC while in winter it is around 25 ºC. The
best time to visit Cochin is between December to February when the
weather is cool and pleasant.
How to get there ?
By Air - Cochin city is directly connected Delhi, Mumbai, Madras,
Goa, Bangalore, and Thiruvananthapuram. All major domestic airlines
have their services to Cochin.
By Rail - Cochin is connected by rail to most of the important cities
like Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai.
By Road - Cochin is connected by road with several tourist centers
in India. It is 565 km from Bangalore, 223 km from Coimbatore, 848
km from Goa, 694 km from Chennai, 470 km from Mysore, and 312 km from
Ferries - Ferry service is available for travel between the island
Honeymoon Tour Packages
The overwhelming tranquility and the myriad colours of various
beautiful sights of Kerala give a breathtaking experience that
rejuvenates our minds and bodies. Kerala happens to be an ideal
destination for nature lovers and a perfect getaway from the
chaotic city life.It has also emerged as a major honeymoon spot
in India. Our effort is to bring you face to face with the adoring
beauty of Kerala. In this we take a move ahead and offer a wide
range of tour packages, for the honeymoon couples.
Kettuvallams, the stitched boats are the traditional
house boats of Kerala. They provide the best way to experience
the colourful backwaters of Kerala. The Kettuvalloms of
Kerala are giant country crafts, measuring up to 80 feet
in length. The traditional house boat, the indispensable
part of the picturesque backwaters of Kerala, was mainly
used in Travancore and Kochi and in the Minicoy Islands
in olden times.
The rich and glorious Kerala cultural heritage is
reflected in the vibrant Kerala festivals that mirror
the ancient traditions, customs, beliefs and faiths of
the people of Kerala, South India.The festivals of Kerala,
South India are annual occasions that are celebrated for
commemorating religious occasions. Some of the popular
Kerala festivals are Onam, Vishu, Mahasivarathri, Asthami
Rohini, Thiruvathira, Pooram Festival and Thrissur Pooram.
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