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Kochi Tourist Guide, Hotels, Road Maps & Climate

Kochi, formerly known as Cochin, is a city in the Indian state of Kerala. Kerala's second largest city is one of the principal seaports of the country and is located in the district of Ernakulam, about 220 kilometres (137 mi) north of the state The backwaters of Kochicapital, Thiruvananthapuram. A growing centre of information technology, tourism and international trade, Kochi is the commercial hub of Kerala, and one of the fastest growing second-tier metros in India. (Under wikipedia GNU)

Tourist Spots in Kochi:

* Chinese Fishing Nets, Fort Kochi: Chinese fishing nets (Cheenavala) The chinese fishing nets (Cheenavala) are distinctly unique to Cochin. Kochi is the only place outside of China where these fishing structures are used.

* Fort Kochi beach: stroll along the beach, particularly at sunset with the chinese fishing nets and sailing ships in the background, is a memorable experience.

* St. Francis Church, Fort Kochi: It is the oldest church built by Europeans in India. On his 3rd visit to Kerala, Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese trader who reached India from Europe by sea, fell ill and died in Kochi. He was buried in the St. Chienese Fishing NetsFrancis Church. Later his remains were taken back to Portugal. In spite of that, his burial spot inside the church has been clearly marked out.

* Vasco House, Fort Kochi: this is believed to be one of the oldest Portuguese houses in India. Vasco da Gama is believed to have lived here.

* Santa Cruz Basilica, Fort Kochi: built by the Portuguese in 1505 and named as a cathedral in 1558, it was raised to the status of a basilica by Pope John Paul II in 1984.

* Jewish Synagogue and Jew Town, Mattancherry: built in 1568, this is magnificently decorated by Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers. Giant scrolls of the Old Testament can be found here.

* Dutch Palace (Mattancherry Palace), Mattancherry: it was originally built by the Portuguese. The palace has a fine collection of mural paintings depicting scenes from the Hindu epics Mahabharatha and Ramayana.

* Bolghatty Palace, Bolghatty Island: This Dutch palace is situated on Bolghatty island which is just a short boat ride The church of St. Francis at Cochinaway from the mainland. The palace has been converted to a hotel run by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC). The island has a tiny golf course and the panoramic views of the port and the harbour, makeing it an attractive picnic spot.

* KTDC Bolghatty Palace Hotel: this palace served as the seat of the Raja of the Kochi province. The palace has been converted into a museum displaying a fine collection of articles showing the wealth and splendour of the Rajas of Kochi, including the thone and the crown. The musuem also houses a large collection of archaeological findings.

* Palliport (Pallipuram) Fort: It is the oldest surviving European fort in India, built by the Portuguese in 1503. Its situated in Pallipuram on Vypeen island.

* Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary: this is a protected bird sanctuary situated right in the heart of Kochi city. The Mangalavanam Bird SanctuaryIt is the home of many exotic and rare varieties of migratory and resident birds.

* Museum of Kerala History, Kalamassery: The museum has on display spectacular audio-visual exhibits depicting the history and culture of Kerala along with many life size statues of many famous personalities and several paintings depicting Kerala history.

* Parikshith Thampuran Museum: has a treasure trove of archaeological findings and relics including old coins, sculptures, oil paintings and murals. It now houses the Gallery of Contemporary Art.

* Cherai Beach: This lovely beach ideal for swimming is located on the north end of Vypeen island, one of the many small islands just off the mainland. The beach is lined by gorgeous coconut groves and paddy fields. Vypeen can be reached by land or by boat.

* Veega Land: This is South India's largest amusement park situated 14kms from Cochin. The park includes a range ofVigha Land at Cochin attractions including mini castles, water theme park, ferris wheel, rides, slides, shows and fountains. Kids and adults alike can enjoy the fun and activities.

* Marine Drive: The bustling backwaters, dotted with fishing boats, speedboats, ships, tankers and passenger boats, can be observed from this walkway that lines the coast.

* Willingdon Island: This man-made island was created in 1933 by sand dredged while deepening the backwaters for the Cochin Port.

* Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kaloor: it has a seating capacity of 60,000 in multiple tiers. It is the fourth largest stadium in India and the largest in Kerala. The ground is lit by a set of unique convex pylon floodlights that arch over the ground. The stadium is home to both the Kerala Ranji cricket team as well as FC Kochi football team.

Tourist Spots near Cochin:

* Alleppey(Alapuzha): Situated 63 kms south of Cochin along the coast, Alleppey is connected to Kochi by rail and road. The Boat Ride in KochiIt is called the Venice of the East due to the extensive canal network here. Every year the famous snake boat race is held here.

* Cheruthuruthy: about 110 kms away from Kochi, it is the base of the Kerala Kalamandalam-the world famous art and dance academy where training in various traditional forms like Kathakali, Mohiniyattam etc are imparted.

* Kalady: Stupa Situated 48 kms north-east of Kochi, on the banks of river Periyar (Poorna). The Adi Sankara shrine and the 8-storey painted Adi Sankara Keerthi Sthambam are a must-see for any visitor here.

* Kodanad: Elephant Kodanad is 30 kms north-east of Kochi situated on the lower ranges of the Western Ghats on the banks of river Periyar. The wildlife reserve is famous for the elephants and the largest elephant training centre is situated here. The reserve also features a mini zoo.

* Munnar: a hill resort ideal for a relaxing holiday away from the tropical lowlands. The tea gardens and cardamom plantations give Munnar a beautiful look. Anai Mudi, the highest peak in South India is in these hills. The Munnar - Kodaikanal (another hill resort) road is believed to be the steepest road in South-East Asia.

* Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Thekkady: Buffallos, Thekkady Elephants, bisons, antelopes, samburs,Thekkady Elephants monkeys and bears can be found in their natural habitat in this world famous wild life sanctuary, situated 190kms east of Cochin. A boat ride through the man-made lake in the heart of the sanctuary provides a unique opportunity to observe these animals in their natural surroundings.

* Thattekad Bird Sanctuary: located on the northern bank of river Periyar is a tropical evergreen forest in the foothills of the Wester Ghats. Spread over 25 sq kms, this bird sanctuary was once regarded as the richest bird habitat in peninsular India.

* Lakshadweep: Lakshadweep (meaning thousand islands), a haven of unspoiled natural beauty, lies 220-440kms off the coast of Kochi. Lakshadweep is an archipelago consisting of 12 atolls, 3 reefs and 5 submerged banks. Only 10 islands are inhabited while 17 are uninhabited islands. Miles and miles of sandy beaches, coral reefs and coconut groves will leave anyone mesmerised.

Transport Options:

Kochi has the third largest bus station in Andhra Pradesh and has nearly 50 platforms. Kochi East railway station has 10 platforms. The station is currently undergoing moderanisation with the construction of 3 escalators. Kochi has an International Airport.Kochi Renigunta International Airport is the third airport established in the state and the 18th International Airport in the country.

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