Cochin Travel

tourist places in cochin

Cochin Travel

Location Cochin also known as Kochi is an island city which has one of the best natural harbours in the world. It is also the commercial and industrial capital of Kerela. Kochi has been greatly influenced by countries like Arabia, China, Holland, Britain and Portugal because of foreign trade since ancient times. This city portrays the commercial hum drum affair of Kerela and this makes its nature cosmopolitan. The ancient foreign trade harbour is now a flourishing land of buildings and budding industries

Places to Visit In Cochin (Ernakulam) Dutch Palace : The Dutch palace is situated in Mattancherry and was crafted by the Portugese. It was given to the Raja of Cochin in 1555. Having been buitlt by the Portugese it is commonly known as the Dutch palace because of the influence of Dutch architecture which can be distinctly seen. The Dutch renovated it during their brief stay here. The various parts of the palace have their own unique significance. The beauty of the palace is enhanced by the presence of murals which stand as an example of Hindu Temple Art.the palace has a temple in the central courtyard dedicated to Pazhayannur Bhagavathi. The wonderful dresses and Palanquins adorned by the rulers of Cochin travel have been well preserved and are on display in the coronation hall. (Closed on all Fridays and National Holidays)

Jewish Synagogue :

The Jewish Synagogue at Mattancherry was built in 1568 AD and is said t be the oldest synagogue present in the common wealth countries. It has been built with a lot of precision and is a symbol of exquisite art. It is special because of the presence of the scrolls of The Original Old Testament of the Jews. The Kochi rulers used to record all their grants of privilege in platters made of copper which can be seen here. (Closed on all Fridays, Saturdays, Jewish Festivals and National Holidays)

Chinese Fishing Nets / Vasco da Gama Square : This is one place where traders have left a huge mark. Their presence is still felt when one sees the huge cantilevered fishing nets which a standing example are reminding us of the first visitors to the Malabar Coast. The nets are set up on teak wood and bamboo poles and were erected between 1350 and 1450 AD by the traders from the court of Kulbai Khan during Cochin travel.

Wellington Island :This island was man made by the architect who goes by the name Lord Bristow. It came into being as a result of the dredging of the earth while the the travel to cochin port was being deepened. This island is well connected by a network of ferries and buses from Ernakulum. The harbour, the air port and the harbour railway terminus are an important part of this island.

Bolghatty Island :On this island stands the famous Bolghatty palace which was built in 1744. It was built by the Dutch but later the British had taken over. It has now been converted into a hotel approved and run by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation. The main attractions include a small golf course and romantic honeymoon cottages.

St.Francis Church :Built by the Portuguese in 1510 A.D this church is one of the oldest European Churches in India. The famous traveller and explorer Vasco da Gama was buried here and fourteen years later his remains were taken back to Portugal where they now reast in peace.

Old Harbour House :This old bungalow is the residence of the famous tea brokers Cattit Moran & Co.Even though it was built in 1808 its beauty and elegance can still be seen. This bungalow was previously a boat club but now it is inhabited by its owners.

Mangalavanam :Amidst all the mangroves lies a small but delightful bird sanctuary. It is located behind the High Court of Kerela and lies in the heart of the city. The variety of birds is a great tourist attraction and is a must visit during Cochin Travel.

Cherai Beach :

Bordered by the Vypeen island and the Bolghatty island lies the Cherai Beach. It is a pristine beach and tops the list when it comes to Cochin tourism. The Vypeen island is ideal for swimming and on the Bolghatty island stands the famous Bolghatty palace which is another wonderful tourist destination.

Parikshit Thampuran Museum :The museum is situated on the Durbar Hall Ground on DH Road; Eranakulam. This museum is a walk through the history of has a vast collection of ancient things such as coins, bronzes, copies of murals and megalithic relics of Kerala.

Hill Palace Museum :Hill Palace is the official residence of the Kochi royal family. It was built in 1865 AD and is at a distance of about 10 km from Kochi. It is of great archaeological importance and is the largest archaeological museum in Kerela. A number of rare species of flora and fauna can be found here. (Closed on Monday and National Holidays)

Pallipuram Fort (Location Vypin Island) :Pallipuram Fort is an important contribution by the Portuguese and was built in 1503. It is one of its kind and is knownd to be one of the oldest European monuments in India. There is also a catholic church in Pallipuram which is an important pilgrim centre and attracts tourists of all religions.

Kalady :Kalady is the home of the renowned Indian philosopher Adi Sankara who lived during the 8th century. Kalady lies on the banks of the river Periar. Two shrines have been built in the fond memory of Sree Sankaracharya. One is known as Dakshinamoorthy and another shrine is dedicated to the goddess Sharadha. The shrines attract a lot of pilgrims and tourists who can visit the holy shrine irrespective of caste or creed.

Malayattor :It is on the slopes of the Western Ghats with a beautiful view of nature. 52 Kms from Travel to Cochin and 8 Kms from Kalady is the Malayattoor Church. This church was established in AD 900. The church is scared to the Christians because it is believed to have been blessed by the apostle of Christ, St. Thomas.the church is on top of a hill and is an important Christian pilgrim centre. Malayatoor is accessible by road only up to the foothills of Kurishumudy . Further 2 kms uphill is the church which can be reached on foot. The picturesque beauty and greenery make Malayatoor even more serene. A small lake called Manappattuchira can be found beside the river Periyar.

Kodanad :Nestled between the southern bank of the Periyar river and the high ranges lies Kodanad. It is at a distance of 45kms from Kochi city and 12kms east of the town Perumbavoor .There is a small zoo here. An Elephant taming centre is also present where elephants are trained. Tourists can treat themselves to an elephant ride also.

How To Reach There The nearest airport is at Karipur, Kozhikode, about 93kms south. The Kannur railway station is an important rail head and is well connected by a network of trains to other parts of the state and also other places in the country. It is also well connected by roads. (Cochin Airport and Ernakulam Railway station is near not Kozhikode)

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