Kochi is formerly named as Cochin, which is the main city of port on the west coast line Arabian Sea, India. This small city is a part of the region of Ernakulum of Kerala state. Cochin is habitually known as Ernakulum that refers as western area of the city.
Kochi is the 2nd largest city of Kerala, and its population is around 601,574. In last few years the tourism is improved in the city so visitors can enjoy the natural beauty by staying easily in the city. This Indian tourist place is having countless natural beauty sceneries. The capital Thiruvananthapuram is just 220 kilometers away from Kochi.
Discussed below are few interesting Indian tourist places of Kochi:
Chinese Fishing Nets: Cochin is famous for fishing business, and the Chinese nets for fishing can easily be seen in this city. These nets are conspicuously unique, and their appearance is differing too.
Beach fort Kochi: A leisurely walk on the fort beach in Kochi could be dissimilar experience for visitors. The moment to spend at the beach is sunset and the Chinese net’s location with sunset is amazing. Sailing ships can easily be seen at this point as there are countless ships crossing from the Cochin. This could be memorable experience for visitors of Kochi.
Church St. Francis: this oldest church is constructed by Europeans. Vasco da Gama died in Cochin after this 3rd visit to India. His body was buried in Church St. Francis and later taken to Portugal.
Vasco House: this is another tourist spot situated at Rose Street. It is one of the older Portuguese houses established by Portugal’s in India. The house was constructed by Vasco da Gama to live forever in this place.
Santa Cruz Basilica: Fort Kochi includes the original church which was constructed by Portuguese in 1505. This church was recognized as the cathedral in 1558 though the church was destroyed by British colonists in 1795. The rebuilt of church was done in 1905, and a status of the basilica was placed in the church in 1984.
Jew Town and Jewish Synagogue (Mattancherry): The Jewish synagogue was assembled in 1568 by Belgian chandeliers and Chinese’s tiles.
Dutch Palace (Mattancherry): The Palace known as Dutch or Mattancherry was initially constructed by the Portuguese. Afterward, the palace was modified by Dutch and gifted to king of Kochi in 17th century. The fine grouping of mural or wall paintings is the special in Dutch palace.
Bolgatty Palace: This Bolgatty palace which is another palace constructed by Portuguese is located on Bolghatty Island. A short boat is available on this island as joy ride. Presently, this palace is converted to a hotel which is managed by KTDC (Kerala Tourism Development Corporation). The golf course and astonishing views from this Palace are special. Tourist can view the port, and the harbor from this spot.
Hill Palace (Tripunithura): A palace constructed by Raja of Kochi in 19th century is one more tourist place. Presently, this palace is changed to museum showing superior collection of the Kings of Kochi. The sets include the crown of several Kings of Kochi.
Palliport Fort: the oldest fort of European kings in India is Palliport, which is also known as Pallipuram fort as well. The construction time of this fort is 1503 and location is Pallipuram on Island Vypeen, Kochi.
Bird Sanctuary Mangalavanam: visitors can reach to Mangalavanam as it is the bird sanctuary of Kochi located on the right side of city. This sanctuary houses loads of foreign and rare types of traveling and local birds.
Kerala History Museum (Kalamassery): this museum contains stunning audio and visual displays of the history and civilization of Kerala. Many popular personalities and their paintings are also displayed in the museum.
Museum Parikshith Thampuran: The Kings of Kochi used to perform their meetings known as durbars in such imposing building situated in the Durbar Hall areas. However, government of Kerala converted this area into a museum where a tourist can watch relics and archaeological findings, which include old coins, statues, murals and oil paintings.
Beach Cherai: one of the lovely beaches of Kochi is Cherai. This is the ultimate place for swimming so nature and swimming lovers can enter water in this astonishing beach of India.
Veega Land: the largest amusement park of South India is situated at 14kms distant from Cochin. It is located on Veega Land where a tourist can enjoy mini castles, ferry’s wheel, water theme park, rides, shows, slides and fountains.
There are countless Indian tourist places such as Marine drive, Willingdon Island, and Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium where a tourist can enjoy. These places contain special spots for visitors so reaching these destinations could be best experience for a tourist.
Transport to reach Kochi
By Air: CIA (Cochin International Airport) is best way to reach this beautiful spot. The airbase is located at Nedumbassery that is just 20 km away from Kochi. Frequent flights are accessible from almost every metro city of India. The lavish facility offered to tourists at the CIA is considered as one of the infest airfields of India.
By Train: there are three big railway stations in Cochin such as Ernakulam Town, Ernakulam Junction, and Harbor Terminus. Comfortable reach to Kochi is possible as many direct trains are available to this destination. The natural scenery and breathtaking vistas throughout the journey to Cochin is special.
By Road: Cochin is the important part of India as it is directly connected with ample of commercial cities of Kerala. Tourist sites and many sites seeing throughout the road could make the moment memorable. The national highways are clean and allow tourist to travel comfortably with no worries.
By Sea: there is one more way to reach Cochin and that is water way. Ample of boats and ships are available as transport to reach this destination. The services of boat are offered in Kottayam and Alleppey.