Kochin is also spelled as Cochin, a stunning port city and gateway of Kerala, located on the Western Ghats in Ernakulam district. It is ranked as one of the top three tourist destinations by World travel and tourism council. It holds the fame of featured in National geographic channel as Traveller’s fifty greatest places of lifetime. Historically rich place enormously saturated with plentiful mangroves, crystal clear back waters, dense coconut trees, flawless ancient holy churches, cathedrals, forts and sanctuaries. The culture and tradition is well preserved which adds its enthralling charms. Cochin was a prominent trading zone in bygone era. The bizarre land is attracting numerous visitors and nature lovers to experience and merge into the awe-inspiring beauty of Kochin.
Must See Places
The major admiration of Cochin is lies in gorgeous back waters. The vast stretch of Vembanad lake houses this bunch of small islands and offers enthralling vistas to tourists. The well known islands are Bolgatty, Gundu, Vallarpadam and Vypeen. The finest natural harbor is formed by the edge of this Vembanad lake and tourists can enjoy a pleasant stay in house boat cruises.
It is a famous 16th century palace built by Portuguese and modified by Dutch period during 17th century. It is tremendously filled with amazing mural paintings which depicts the great epics Ramayana and Mahabharatha. These paintings are lively and colorful and most popular picnic spot in Cochin.
Chinese Fishing Nets
Chinese fishing nets are unique and brought by traders of Chinese ruler Kublai Khan’s court and its popularity is maintained throughout Cochin. This is the only place where one can see this kind of fishing nets apart from China and marvelously used by the local fishers of Cochin and popularly known as Cheenavala.
It is a small village located along the coastal line. The prime attraction are scenic beautiful beaches, gorgeous sailing boats and scattered Chinese fishing nets. It was once European settlement hence one can get glimpse of astonishing European style of bungalows. It is place of delicious cuisine especially for fish dishes.
Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple
It is the most popular Hindu Pilgrimage dedicated to Goddess Rajarajeshwari, famously called as Adiparashakthi. Three forms of Goddess namely Saraswathi, Lakshm and Durga are worshipped here. Deity is called as ‘Amme Narayana’ . Festivals celebrated are Makom Thozal and Nvarathri, both are celebrated with pomp and show. Serene and sacred holy abode in Kerala.
Paliam Palace (Chendamangalam)
It was once served as home to prime ministers of Kochi Maharaja. Fantastic tourist place in Chendamangalam village. It depicts the typical architectural styles of ancient Kerala and showcases several legends, relics and historical documents.
A famous place of Jewish worship built during 16th century. It is a beautiful mixture of various styles of architecture. The floor is made of Chinese tiles and the entire building was beautifully decorated with splendid Belgian Chandeliers. A giant scroll of Old Testament is the top attraction here.
Kaladi - a small religious city and birth palce of Sri Adi Shankaracharyar. Parishath Thampuran Museum – once served as Durbar of Kochi Maharaja, one can see outstanding collections of 19th century oil paintings, rare coin collections, Mughal paintings and sculptures. Willingdon Island – mad made island and beautifully filled with back waters. Jew town, Archeological museum, St.Francis Chursh, Santa Cruz Basilica, Cherai beach, Bolgatty Palace, Kaduthuruthy Shiva temple, Princess street, Ernakulathappan temple, Vamanamoorthy temple, Kottayi Kovillakom hillock, Ettamanoor shiva temple and Santhagopalan shiva temple are other popular places and worth to visit.
How to reach Cochin
Kochi Airport is the nearest one, 20 km from city center.
There are three railway stations n Kochi namely Harbour terminus, Ernakulam Town and Ernakulam junction.
State run and private buses are well connecting Cochin to major Indian cities and neighbor districts of Kerala.
In Summer 22-35°C, in winter 22-25°C. Best visited during September to April.