Cochin Travel Guide
Cochin (Kochi) being called as the queen of Arabian Sea, is a major port city on the Malabar Coast of the Arabian Sea. It has been an important spice trade centre since the 14th century. By the arrival of Portuguese it was the citadel of them until 1530 and later it was the occupied by the Dutch and British.
Kochi is referred as the “Gateway of Kerala Tourism” most of the national and international tourist arrival in Kerala. Kerala tourism packages are also ranked the sixth best tourist destination in India according to the outlook traveler Magazine. Mc Kinsey Global institute has mentioned as one of the emerging city of the world. Kochi is considered as the trade capital of Kerala, having the commercial maritime Facilities available due to the port of Kochi, which is now as international Container Trans shipment Terminal, shipyard and the cochin Marina. The stock exchange international pepper exchange is situated in Kochi. Money industries and factories also located here. Hindustan machine tools kochi refineries, FACT, TCC, IREL, HOCL, Electrical industries like TELK, Traco cables, Industrial and info tech parks like cochin special economic zone and info park. It is the judicial capital and high court for this is situated here. State and union territory of Kerala and Lakshadweep it has Kerala s national Lan school. The national university of advanced legal studies.
The vembanattu Kayal , which is called Kochi kayal in the this area and two rivers called the Periyar and the Muvattupuzha are main water resources in this area. A cruise in Kettuvallam through the vembanad like wil be geat experience. The Marine Drive built facing the kochi kayal and this is the picturesque promenade. The local people make it area beautiful hang out place the walk Ways along the Marine Drive have their beautiful bridges called Rainbow Bridge, the Chinese fishing net bridge and the kettuvallam bridge. Various shopping malls act as important centers in shopping activity, here. On arriving the name of kochi, the line of Chinese fishing nets some into the mine of a tourist. These cantilevered nets are tourist attractions of kochi. The largest archeological museum in Kerala is Hill palace at Thripunithura. This was the administrative of Kochi Rajas, built in 1865. Mattancherry palace, which is also called Dutch palace was built by Portuguese and presented to veera Kerala varma, the raja of Kochi, in 1555. The jewish synagogue of Mattancherry, also called Paradesi Synagogue, is the oldest synagogue in all the common wealth countries. Santa cruz , Cathedral Basilica , a church built by the Portuguese was upgraded to Cathedral in 1558 which was further elevated to a Basilica by Pope John Paul II in 1984 is a magnificent destination for everyone who visit kochi. Other important tourist spots are the Bolgatty palace, Kochi international Marina, wellington island a large manmade island, museum of Kerala history at Edappally. St. Francis church where Vasco Da Gama was buried, Kadamutton church , Athirapilly waterfalls which is 50 km away from Kochi international Airport, Thattekad bird sanctuary St. Thomas church , at Malayattoor and St. Marys Basilica at Vallarpadam which are pilgrimage points of Christians , Kodanad elephant training centre.