- 'Queen of the Arabian' Sea is the commercial
capital of Kerala. Cochin has one of the finest natural
harbors in the world. Cochin was once the major center of commerce
and trade with the British, Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch etc.
Cochin is well connected by air and Rail from all major cities
Places to see
Built in 1503 by the Portuguese Franciscan Friars, it is India's
oldest European Church. Vasco da Gama's remains were buried here
in 1524 but later the remains were taken to Libson, Portugal.
Chinese Fishing Nets
These huge cantilevered fishing nets were brought here by the
traders from the court of Kublai Khan.
(Dutch Palace) (Open 1000- 1700 hrs daily except on Fridays)
Built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to Raja Veera
Kerala Varma of Kochi, the palace was renovated in 1663
by the Dutch. Mural Paintings depicting scenes from the Ramayana
and the Mahabharata and some of the Puranic Hindu
Legends are a real attraction. The palace also houses Dutch maps
of old Kochi, royal palanquins, coronation robes of former Maharajas
of Kochi as well as period furniture.
(Open 1000 - 1200 hrs and 1500 - 1700 hrs- closed on Saturdays
and Jewish holidays)
Constructed in 1568, this is the oldest synagogue
in the commonwealth. The Dutch rebuilt it in 1664. The main attractions
include the hand painted, willow patterned floor tiles from Canton
in China, a clock tower, Chandeliers, the great scrolls of the Old
Testament, ancient scripts on copper plates etc.
Hill Palace Museum, Thripunithura
(Open 0900 - 1200 hrs and 1400 hrs to 1630 hrs- closed on Mondays)
10 Kms from Kochi, Hill palace was the official residence of the
erstwhile Kochi royal family and was built in 1865.
Excursions from Kochi
The birthplace of Adi Sankaracharya, the great
Advaita philosopher of the 8th century.
Kodanad is one the largest elephant training centers
in South India.
Athirapally Water Falls
The cascading falls are enriched with scenic beauty and is an
ideal picnic spot.
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