Places to Visit in Cochin
Cochin (Kochi) – The Queen of Arabian Sea
Cochin – Kochi is known as the Queen of Arabian Sea and is one of the prime destinations in Kerala. For over 600 years Kochi has been drawing traders and explorers and presently tourists. Situated in between the Arabian Sea and Western Ghats Cochin has been one of the most admired destination in the world. It is one of the finest natural Harbor’s in the world and was formed in the 14th century after a flood in Periyar River. Located 10 degree to the north of the equator the weather is warm and humid throughout the year.
Cochin is the major port city in the south west coast of India. Kochi is a major center of spice trading from the 14th century. Being situated close to the sea, Kochi has moderate climate. The best time to visit Cochin is from October to March.
Fort Cochin is a historic area in Kochi and with its European heritage makes it a prominent tourist destination. The many monuments and buildings as well related to the city’s history as the laid back atmosphere makes fort Cochin a must place to visit.
Bolgatty palace was built in 1744 by the Dutch in India. Located in an island popularly known as Bolgatty Island. It is one of the oldest Dutch palace to be built outside Holland. This was the Dutch Governor’s palace once and later leased to the British. After independence it became the property of the state and converted into a heritage resort in Cochin.
Cochin backwaters are a chain of lake and lagoons lying parallel to the Arabian Sea. The backwaters is popularly known as Veeranpuzha (Northern extension of Vembanad Lake). Vebanad Lake is the largest lake in Kerala and also the longest in India.
Man-made island named after Lord Willingdon is the headquarters of Cochin port.
Mattancherry palace is situated at the end of palace road mattancherry. This palace has a medieval charm and was built by the Portuguese in naluketu style, the traditional Kerala architecture with a courtyard in the middle. There are two temples on either side of the palace.
Marine drive is the popular hangout destination of the local populace in Cochin. There are several shopping malls near marine drive which makes it a popular center for shopping in Cochin. The walkway of marine drive has 3 contemporarily created bridges, the Musical Bridge, the Rainbow Bridge and also the Chinese net Bridge. The beautiful view of the setting sun over the ocean mouth, and the cool breeze from the Vembanad Lake has made Marine Drive a very interesting destination in Kochi. ask carolyn Bay Pride mall on the walkway is ideal for shopping and dining.
Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary
The Mangalavanam bird sanctuary is situated in the center of Kochi. The ecologically sensitive space is home to many species of resident and migratory birds and additionally supports differing kinds of mangroves. Mangalavanam bird sanctuary is also known as the green lungs off Kochi
Jewish Synagogue or Paradesi Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in Kochi. It was built in 1568 by the Cochin Jewish community
St. Francis Church
The Church was built by the Portuguese in 1503. It is the oldest European church in India. This church has been considered as a landmark of Kochi fort. It is the burial site of the legendary sailor Vasco de Gama.
Where to stay
Kochi is a destination with hotels catering to corporate travelers and tourist. The city offers accommodation that suits all budgets. The various categories of hotels consist of budget accommodation to 5 star ones. There are large number of boutique hotels and premium hotels and also Bed and Breakfast hotels in the city. Homestays are available in fort Cochin for budget travelers. The fort Cochin area is quieter and scenic than the rest of the city. But for those interested to be in the center of action and also shopping areas Ernakulum area is recommended. Abad Group owns and operates 5 hotels in Kochi – Abad Plaza, Abad Atrium and Abad Metro at Ernakulum, Abad Fort in mattancherry and Pepper Route in fort Kochi.
Where to Eat
Kochi has a wide variety of restaurants. Most restaurants in Kochi are mid-range. However, hotels offer a wide range of cuisines – Kerala, continental, Indian, Chinese and Arabic. There are also food courts attached to malls offering great varieties of food. Being a coastal city, fresh sea foods is a specialty. WildFish a venture of Abad Group operating at Abad Fort, Chullickal is a place where you can buy fresh fish and have it cooked to your taste by their Chefs.