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COCHIN

Location : State – Kerala

Cochin, popularly known as the "Queen of the Arabian Sea" is situated in the South Western Coast of the Indian Subcontinent. It is a vibrant city and is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala. The city is bordered by the Western Ghats in the East and the Arabian Sea in the West. It is a small town situated in the Ernakulam district of Kerala. The large number of tourist attractions in Cochin and its backwaters makes this place a unique experience to the tourist who visit the city. The tourist attractions in Cochin include forts, sanctuaries, Palaces and Churches.

Prime Attractions

Fort Kochi Beach: The beach is a wonderful experience during sunsets with the silhouettes of Chinese fishing nets and ships forming its background which makes the experience a memorable one. Mouth watering fresh seafood is available at the stalls near the beach

Chinese fishing Nets: These nets popularly known as Cheenavala is one of the unique features of the city. These are massive nets used by local fishermen to catch fish. Other than Cochin, these nets are found only in China.

Santa Cruz Basilica: This Basilica is located in Fort Kochi and was built by the Portuguese in 1505 AD and was later destroyed by the British. The present church was structured in 1905 and it was given the status of Basilica in 1984.

Dutch Palace: Originally built by the Portuguese, this Palace was modified in the 17th Century by the Dutch and presented to the King of Kochi. The Palace is located at Mattancherry and incorporates fine collection of mural paintings depicting scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Willingdon Island: It is a man made island created in 1933 which once served as an airport, sea port and Railway Terminus. It is situated 30 km from Cochin and is now the home to the Cochin Port and the headquarters of Southern Naval Command.

Excursion

Alappuzha: Also known by the name of Venice of the East, Alappuzha is famous for its boat races, beaches, backwater houseboat, marine products and the coir industry.

Shopping

When you are going shopping in Cochin, you'll see items crafted lovingly by Cochin craftsmen in the shops and even big stores. Most of these beautiful handicrafts of Kerala have been ingenuously crafted from things grown locally, such as coconut, bamboo, cane and so on.

How To Get There

By Air: Cochin Airport has a direct link with the major airports in India.

By Rail: Cochin is connected by rail to most of the important cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.

By Road: Cochin is well connected by road with several tourist centers and cities in India. Cochin is 565 km from Bangalore, 223 km from Coimbatore, 848 km from Goa, 694 km from Madras-Chennai, 470 km from Mysore, and 312 km form Ooty.

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