Kerala's most visited city Kochi has so many wonders that you shouldn't miss!
KOCHI (COLONIAL NAME COCHIN) is often referred to as the Gateway to Kerala and this moniker has stuck to the city since ancient times. For this beautiful and vibrant city on the south-west Indian coast has been the entry point through which a host of nationalities entered south India, including the Arabs, Dutch, British and Portuguese.
Kochi is the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala. Blessed with a moderate equatorial climate, it is a magnet for domestic as well as foreign travelers all year-round. Today, Kochi has outgrown its earlier geographical confines and the name now also includes the surrounding areas of Ernakulam, Fort Kochi and Mattanchery. Ernakulam has located the oldest church in India. Archaeologists and historians are also attracted to the many temples and synagogues in the area.
A Jewish community going back to 1000 AD, and a palace built by the Portuguese which was later renovated by the Dutch are all major tourist attractions. The islands of Willingdon, Bolgatty, Gundu, and Vypeen are connected by ferry.
Among many Kochi tour places, Fort Kochi is best explored on foot. Fort Immanuel, built-in 1503, once belonged to the Portuguese and is symbolic of the strategic alliance which existed between the Maharaja of Cochin and the Monarch of Portugal. Nearby is the beautiful Thakur House, belonging to a tea trading firm but once the home to successive managers of the National Bank of India during British times.
St. Francis Church is a graceful structure attracting many to the tombstone of Vasco da Gama. A nearby square, named after him, has many delicious seafood and tender coconuts stalls. This is where you can admire the well-known Chinese fishing nets. The western part of the corporation of Kochi, Mattancherry was once a bustling center of trade, particularly in spices. Over the decades, many communities like Jews, Konkanis, Gujaratis and Jains made it their home. Churches, mosques and a synagogue co-exist in the area. The Dutch Palace has a fascinating collection of mural paintings and antique royal regalia including furniture and weapons. The clock tower nearby was constructed in 1760 by a well-known businessman named Ezekiel Rahabi. Till 1930, it used to strike every hour to keep time.
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