A potpourri of culture, history and art, Kochi, is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula. The financial capital of Kerala and a cosmopolitan city, Kochi is a tourist destination in the southern part of the country.
The rich history and the mix of the cultures make it more interesting and worth a visit. The Chinese Fish Nets, Ancient Mosques, Old Synagogues, Portuguese Houses and some remains of the British culture seem to explain everything about this city’s rich past. Often called the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, Kochi is a mix of both traditional and contemporary.
The best time to visit Kochi is from October to March, when the temperatures are pleasant, cool and with little showers here and there.
What All There’s To See:
Pardesi Synagogue: Dating back to the 16th century, it was built by the Jewish trading community of the area. The Jewish house of worship is the oldest active synagogue in India. The simple yet impressive architecture is visited by a huge number of tourists every year.
Mattancherry Palace: This palace was built by Portuguese in 1555 and gifted to the Raja of Kochi. The remarkably depicted scenes from the Hindu epics Ramayana, Mahabharata are the highlights of this palace.
Chinese Fishing Nets at Fort Kochi: The most visited site in Kochi, where you can enjoy the amazing sight of the setting sun. The fishing nets were installed here in the 13th century and were brought here from China. It is also the most photographed site of Kochi.
St. Francis Church: Built-in 1503 by the Portuguese, it is India’s oldest European church. Once a wooden structure, it was rebuilt using stone and bricks by Franciscan Friars. The interesting history of this church attracts tourists from places.
There are so many other places for you to see when you are in Kochi. Do not miss to capture the history and culture of Kerala at the Kerala Folklore Museum, Hill Palace, maritime and Indo-Portuguese Museums. Also witness the Portuguese culture at the Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, Dutch Palace. There is a lot in store for those who are interested in culture and history.
What All There’s To Do:
When in Kochi, do not miss the posh and vibrant cafes and art museums.
Take a boat ride in the backwaters separating Ernakulam from Fort Kochi and you might get a chance to see the Boat race in Kochi
Kathakali Performances can be enjoyed at the Cochin Cultural Centre and other places too.
Enjoy the South Indian delicacies at the famous restaurants.
Catch the festive spirit of Kochi at different times of the year. Celebrations of Cochin Carnival (Dec 20 – Jan 2), Onam Festival, Christmas Festival, and more can be witnessed here.
Kochi is also well connected by air, road, rail, and waterways. It is very convenient to get in and around this city.
This city of Kochi has a very vast and colorful culture just waiting to be explored and experienced. Different cultures intermingling resulting in a vibrant affair, the festive city of culture, Kochi.
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