Cochin, famed for its natural harbor one of the finest in the world, Cochin has earned the sobriquet “Queen of the Arabian sea”. Cochin is one of India’s most interesting cities from time immemorial, Arabs, Chinese, Dutch, British and Portuguese seafarers followed the sea route to Cochin and left their impressions on the Town. Major attraction’s at Kochi are Museum of Kerala history, Hill palace museum and Art gallery, Fortcochin backwater cruises, Jewish synagogue, Cherai beach, Mattancherry Dutch Palace, Cheenavala, Boat Racing, Kochi Metro, Lulu Mall.
Chinese Fishing Nets.
These huge cantilevered fishing nets are the legacy of one of the first visitors to the Malabar Coast. Erected here between 1350 and 1450 AD by traders from the court of Kublai Khan, these nets are set up on teak wood and bamboo poles. The best place to watch the nets being lowered into the sea and catch being brought in is the Vasco da Gama Square, a slim promenade that runs along the beach. The Square is the best place to idle, with stalls serving fresh delicious seafood, tender coconut etc.
The Dutch Cemetery:
The tombstones here are the genuine record of the hundreds of Europeans who left their mother country on a mission to expand their colonial empires and changed the course of the history of this land. The memorial park was consecrated in 1724 and is today managed by the Church of South India.
Believed to have been the residence of Vasco da Gama, this is one of the oldest Portuguese residences in Fort Kochi. Built in the early sixteenth century, Vasco House sports the typical European glass paned windows and balcony cum verandahs characteristic of the times.
This island is well-known for its palace of the same name. The Bolgatty Palace was built in 1744 by the Dutch and later taken over by the British. nowadays it is a hotel run by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation, with a small golf course and special honeymoon cottages.
Named after Lord Willingdon, a former British Viceroy of India, this man-made island is surrounded by beautiful backwaters. The island is the site of the city’s best hotels and trading centers, the Port Trust and the headquarters of the southern naval command.
The Paradesi Synagogue is the only active Synagogue in the entire state in the current times. Today, it has developed into a major Kerala Tourism attraction. You can visit here at any day of the week, except for Fridays and Saturdays. It was originally built in the year 1568 and was rebuilt by the Dutch in 1664