Kerala Travel Guide
Cochin Travel Guide
is generally called queen of Arabia sea Cochin, the commercial and industrial
capital of Kerala, has one of the finest natural harbours in the world. Ancient
mariners from Arabia, China, Holland, Britain and Portugal have all left their
mark on this beautiful island city.
One of the finest natural harbours on the Arabian Sea coast, Cochin, earlier
known as Cochin has been a port of call for foreign traders from early times.
Its cosmopolitan character is reflected in the buildings and structures representing
different regions of the world. A city of peninsulas and islands, today it
is Kerala's commercial hub.
Kerala's prime tourist destination, it spreads across islands and promontories
in a stunning location between the Arabian Sea and Backwaters. Its main sections:
modern Ernakulam in the east and the old districts of Mattancherry and Fort
Cochin on a peninsula in the west are linked by a complex system of ferries.
Places of Interest in Cochin:
A Scenic island near the city of Ernakulam, Bolghatty is famous for the Bolghatty
Palace built by the Dutch in 1744 AD.
Originally built by the Portuguese in the mid-16th century, the Dutch Palace
or Mattancherry Palace is located at Mattancherry. It was presented to the
Cochin Maharaja in 1555 AD and later taken over by the Dutch who carried out
repairs and extended it further
The oldest synagogue in India, it was built in 1586 AD by the prosperous Jewish
community whose links with Kerala began in Kodungalloor in northern Kerala.
The festival of Attachamayam is held on the Atham day of the Malayalam month
of Chingam (August/ September), at the historical town of Tripunithura, near
The Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls are located between Neriamangalam and
Adimali on the Cochin - Madurai highway. The Cheeyappara Falls cascades down
in seven steps.
Chottanikkara temple, located near Ernakulam enshrines Bhagawati - the mother
Goddess, one of the most popular deities in Kerala. Devi is worshipped along
with Lord Vishnu...
Cochin Carnival is a merry making feast observed during the last week of every
year in Fort Cochin in Kerala. The carnival dates back to the Portuguese New
Year revelry held here during the colonial days.
The feast at the ancient Roman Catholic Church of Edapalli Perunnal is situated
on the National Highway (NH 47) between Ernakulam and Aluva...
Indira Gandhi Boat Race
Indira Gandhi Boat Race is a grand fest on the rolling backwaters of Cochin.
Conducted in the last week of December, it is a fitting finale to the Tourism
The Jews of Kerala are believed to have migrated to this place in the first
century following the destruction of the second temple of Jerusalem in 72 AD.
The festival of 'Kodikuthu' is celebrated on the 14th of January each year,
in Kanjiramattom Mosque, 25 kms from Ernakulam.
Kodungalloor, 50 kms north of Cochin, was the ancient port town of Muziris or
Crangannore. Goddess Bhagavathi is the presiding deity of the ancient temple
here. The Bharani Festival, which falls in the Malayalam month of Meenam (March/
April) attracts the largest congregation of 'Velichappadu' (Oracles), including
women from different parts of the State.
The feast or the 'Perunnal' at the famous Catholic Church at Malayatoor is celebrated
on the Sunday after Easter, in the months of March/April.
Santa Cruz Basillica Chruch
Close to the St. Francis church, it is Roman Catholic Church, which was also
built by Portuguese. It has a beautiful collection of paintings and a decorative
ceiling, despite having suffered severe damage when the British fought with
the Dutch to take control of Cochin.
St. Francis Church
Built in 1503 by Portuguese Francisan Friars, this is the India's oldest European
Thalaserry fort, located at a distance of 22 kms from Kannur constructed in
1708 AD was the military centre of the British.
63 kms from Cochin, it's a beautiful spot replete with a dam and boating facilities.
Trekking through the forests here is an exhilarating experience.
This lovely beach bordering Vypeen Island is ideal for swimming. Dolphins are
occasionally seen here. A typical Kerala village with paddy fields and coconut
groves nearby is an added attraction of this beach.
The St. Francis Church is located in Fort Cochin, which was built in 1510 AD,
by five Portuguese priests who arrived with Albuquerque. The church, the burial
site for Vasco da Gama in 1524 AD is said to be the oldest European church built
Here is the magnificent 16th century Pallipuram Fort that is open only on Thursdays.
The area around the Synagogue is a centre of spice trade and curio shops.
45 kms from Cochin, it is one of the largest elephant capturing camps and training
centres in India. It is on the southern banks of Periyar River amidst the beautiful
high ranges near Perumbadoor. Even though elephant capture was banned in 1977,
the training centre continues to function.
Formerly called Muziris, it was a famed sea-port on the west coast in ancient
tomes, where St. Thomas is supposed to have landed in 52 AD. It was also the
capital of Cheraman Perumal, a King of Kerala, whose famous palace Allal Perumkovilakam
was situated near the great pagoda at Thiruvanchikulam.
Pareekshith Thampuran Museum
This sprawling, traditional Kerala style building previously called the Durbar
Hall, houses 19th century oil paintings, a collection of old coins, sculptures
and Mughal paintings. The museum remains open from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm and
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm. all weekdays except Mondays.
There is a magnificent lighthouse at Ochanthuruth, which remains open from 3:00
pm to 5:00 pm daily.
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