This city is known for the cultural diversity it depicts ranging from Jewish, English, French, Portuguese, Dutch and Chinese. It has a blend of contemporary and pristine buildings and culture, which is very intriguing to all the tourists. It is known for its beautiful natural harbor, for which is called ‘Queen of the Arabian sea’.
Places to visit:-
Also known as the Dutch palace, this place was built in 1557. The Portuguese built it and presented it to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi. It has beautiful frescos depicting scenes from the epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata and some other old Hindu legends.
The Dutch built it in 1744, and it once served as the abode of the Dutch and the British Governors. It is situated on a beautiful island near Ernakulam that can be reached through a ferry giving picturesque views.
It is a refreshing place and the waterfalls are located between Neriamangalam and Adimali on the highway from Kochi to Madurai.
It is the first place of Portuguese settlement here and has a number of colonial buildings, military base, commercial and trading centers, and residential buildings showing the cultural heritage of the Europeans.
This place of worship was built in 1568, and is located on Mattancherry Island. The place displays scrolls of Old Testament and lovely Belgium chandeliers.
St. Francis Church
This is the place where Vasco Da Gama was buried, and it is the oldest European church in India. It looks beautiful with its fine décor and curved sides. Other tourist attractions in the city are Thalassery Fort, Bhoothathankettu, Hill palace, Cherai beach Gundiu Island, Kodanad, Kodungalloor, Vypeen Island and Pareekshith Thampuran Museum.
Best Time & Climate
The city has moderate climate. From June to August heavy rains occur. Weather is pleasant from December to February. Maximum temperature in summers is 350 and in winters it is 250.
How to get there ?
By Air – The city is directly connected to Madras, Goa, Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, and Thiruvananthapuram. Most of the domestic airlines provide air services to Cochin.
By Rail - Cochin is well connected by rail to most of the important cities of the country.
By Road – It is also well connected by road with other towns and states.
Ferries - Ferry service can be availed to travel between the island and towns.
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