Kochi, also knownas Cochin, is the financial, industrial and commercial capital of Kerala. The commercial port of Cochin has an intricated history dating back to 13th century. Numerous traders and fishermen have taken over the place since past six centuries. Many rulers, including Portuguese and British, have ruled this the beautiful city on the west coast of India. The South Indian culture is followed throughout the city. The 'Queen of the Arabian has many ancient mosques, a 400-year-old synagogue, Portuguese houses and giant Chinese fishing nets.
Cochin is one of the best place to see Kathakali and Kalaripayattu. It also offers captivating sightseeing opportunities. The tranquil houseboat tours and azure lagoons are perfect for a relaxing getaway. Relish some of the delicious South Indian cuisines served here in traditional manner. Fort Kochi is an iconic landmark and is a must visit for tourist. There are other attractions as well in the city like:
Fort Kochi is mostly visited during the sunsets.because of the scenic beaches. It houses giant fishing nets which offer superb views. Beside these, travellers also visit this spot for excellent water sports activities like scuba diving, wind surfing, parasailing and snorkelling. Further, activities like canoeing kayaking,and catamaran sailing are also highly preferred. Fort Kochi beach becomes busy and lively during Cochin Carnival. A small village with same name also lies in close near to the fort and it is lined with Victorian styles bungalows.
Chinese Fishing Nets also known as Cheenavala, are the vital identical aspects of the Kochi. It is an unusual form of fishing which is carried out via the shore operated lift nets. The nets provide splendid views at the time of sunset and are a must-see attraction. It is amazing to watch that how these nets operate and one can try that by giving some tip to the fishermen.
Mattancherry Palace, a Portuguese palace, showcases the Kerala portraying exhibits of the Rajas (kings) of Kochi. These paintings bring the scenes of Mahabharata and Ramayana to life. The palace is also known as Dutch Palace.An idol of Palayannur Bhagwati is placed in the temple at central patio. In the centre hall of the palace, the crowning ceremony of Rajas of Kochi used to take place.
The official residence of the Maharaja of Cochin was the hill place, Tripunithura. It has the largest archaeological Museum in Kerala which has a deer park, a children's park heritage museum, and a pre-historic park. Glimpses of glory and wealth of the royals of Kochi are reflected in the fine collection of articles showcased here.
The culture and heritage of South India is carefully preserved and promoted at Kerala Folklore Museum. The gallery contains ancient sculptures, wood work, ancient terracotta, Indian bronzes, stone work, old paintings,old agricultural equipment's, ancient jewellery, coins of the bygone era, antique utensil stand all other ethnic artefacts.
Overlooking the backwaters of Cochin is the Shiva Temple in Ernakulam. The supervising god is Lord Shiva which faces westwards . When you visit the temple you can see there are two legends who are associated with the holy place.
Tourists usually walk together at Marine Drive for spending some quality time. It is an important hub of economic activities which features several shopping malls and food joints. You can enjoy the awe-inspiring sunsets from this beautiful promenade. From the walkway you can spot Lively backwaters, dotted with fishing boats, speedboats, passenger boats, ships and tankers. Chinese fishing net bridge, Kettuvellam Bridge and , Rainbow Bridge are the centre of attraction.
For the honeymooners. NeverthelessCherai Beach is a paradise on Earth, other vacationers also visit this beach for one or other reasons. Swimming and Dolphin sighting are the best things to do here.
When the sea and the backwaters are intermingled, it leaves one spellbound. The beach is bordered by Coconut groves, it is one of the many islands just off the shoreline. You can also enjoy the beach activities and water sports.
Indian Naval Maritime Museum exhibits the devotion, selfless services and bravery rendered by the Indian Navy.Evolution and Genesis of the Indian Navy, Kerala's trade links with the Arabs and the history, are meticulously presented. One can get complete insights about the operations like the Junagadh operation, Indo-Pak wars of 1965 and 1971. and Goa liberation.