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Location: Ernakulam district, Kerala
Attractions: Palace, Church, Temple and Synagogue
Weather: Temperature varies from 20°C - 35°C
Best time to visit: October-March


Arabian SeaCities are the best story tellers. It is like every corner of the city has something to say when you visit them. Old cracked walls reciting a poem of its past, forts narrating their valour with pride, palaces enunciating their beauty, numerous emotions beaded together in just one soul! Isn’t simply incredible?

Kochi or Cochin is one such story teller situated in the Ernakulam district of Kerala. Also called as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”, it is the commercial centre of Kerala and a major port city in the state. Famous for its architectural splendid, this destination is bedecked with varied Indian and foreign architectural epitomes.


Tour to Kochi is all about beaches, water sports, exploring wildlife, swimming, fishing and much more. Kochi tourism has evolved as a famous family holiday destination and attracts tourists from all around the globe.

Once only a small village, Kochi saw its dawn after the Periyar River flood in 1341. An urgent need for a port was felt after its famous and solo Port Muziris got demolished in the flood. Sir Robert Bristow, a famous harbour engineer helped in the construction of Kochi harbour.

Trident Cochin, Casino Hotel, Le Meridien Kochi, Dream Hotel and SAJ Earth Resort are some of the popular hotels in Kochi.

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Following are the main travel attractions of Kochi


Mattancherry Palace

Gifted to the King of Kochi by Portuguese as a gesture of friendliness in 1555, this palace is the show stopper in the list of Kochi attractions. Since the Dutch renovated the palace in 1663, it is also called as the Dutch Place.

It is built in traditional architectural style of Kerala.  There are murals depicting scenes from Hindu epics like Mahabharata, Ramayana and other similar legends. A hall on the first storey exhibits portraits of Kings from 1864, collection of royal articles like bejewelled palanquins, regal outfits and many more items.


Santa Cruz Basilica

This is one of the eight basilicas found in India. It was built by the Portuguese in 1506 and flaunts stunning interior work.  Pope Paul IV acknowledged it as a cathedral in 1558. When British conquered Fort Kochi, they destroyed the church, so later a new building was built at the same site again in 1887.


Paradesi SynagogueParadesi Synagogue

Built in 1568, this world famous synagogue sits at the north end of the Synagogue lane. It is the oldest synagogue in India and even in the entire British Commonwealth. It is built in a Jewish architectural style and receives thousand visitors every year from entire world.


St. Francis Church

It is one of the oldest European churches in India. It was previously built in wood but was later reconstructed in concrete. Vasco Da Gama died on his 3rd visit to Kochi and was buried in this church. Later his remains were taken off to Portugal. However, his burial spot has been marked.


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Shopping in Kochi

Aromatic spices and coir-made articles dominate the market. Also plan a visit to any Kathakali performance being organised in the city.


When to Reach

October to March is the ideal time to visit as the weather is pleasant and cool. Cochin Carnival (December) is also a preferable time to plan your trip.


How to Reach

Kochi Airport is about 29km away from the city. Taxis or cabs can be taken from the airport to reach the destination. The city also has good rail connectivity. Buses or taxis can be boarded to commute within the city.

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