Cochin

Cochin is the gateway to Kerala- God’s own country. For centuries Cochin has been a main port city of Indian peninsula, also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea. Cochin is famous for its deep historical roots, old world charm, beautiful monuments and a variety of ethnic and linguistic communities like jews, konkinis, Gujratis. It is a world of its own. 


 

Places to visit in Cochin


 

Fort Kochi Area: One can find Jews, Muslim, Christian, Hindus, Gujratis, Parsi and people from different parts of the world live here.  Best place to walk around with peace.

 

Fort Immanuel: This is the symbol of strategic alliances between the King f Cochin and monarch of Portugal after whom the fort was named. Built in 1503

 

Chinese fishing net: Called cheenavala in Malayalam. Legend has is that the Chinese fishing net were introduced by the Chinese explorer. They are fixed land installation, which are used for a very unique method of fishing. The entire structure is about 10 meters in height. Each fishing net spreads to about 20 meters over the water body and operated by a team of six fishermen. These nets have been there since 14th century and still in use today.

 

St. Francis church: The Oldest European built church in India and this is a landmark church in Fort kochi. The church was originally built by the Portuguese in 1503. The Portuguese explorer vasco de Gama who discovered the sea route from Europe to India died in Kochi in 1524, when he was on his third visit to India.  His body was original buried in this church, but after fourteen years his remains were removed to Lisbon. 

 

Princess Street: One of the oldest streets in fort Kochi, where an amalgamation of old and new times can be seen. Dotted with European style houses, lending it an old world feel. The street has number of coffee shops and eating joints, serving lip smacking food and beverages.

 

Kathakali Dance show: Kathakali is the most well known dance drama from Kerala. The word Kathakali literally means Story Play. The actors rely on hand gesture to convey the story.