Cochin Tour Guide
· St. Francis Church
This Protestant church was originally built by the Portuguese in 1510 A.D. It is considered to be India's oldest European church. Today it is governed by the Church of South India (CSI). Vasco Da Gama was buried here before his remains were taken back to Portugal 14 years later.
· Cherai Beach
The lovely Cherai beach, situated in Vypeen, is just a 15 minute ferry ride from Fort-Kochi. Besides the sea, sand and the sun, a typical Kerala village with paddy fields and coconut groves nearby completes the idyllic picture that the beach paints.
· Jewish Synagogue at Mattancherry
Jewish elegant Synagogue was constructed in the year 1568 with the arrival of the Jews in the south of Kerala. The structure is highly bedecked with crystal a chandelier that sparks as the light falls on them and designed wood carvings with blue and white ceramic tiles. Timing: open from 10 am to 12 noon; 3pm to 5pm, closed on Saturdays and Jewish holidays.
· Hill Palace Museum
The Palace was the erstwhile residence of the royal Kochi family. The Hill Palace is at the distance of 10 km from Kochi and was contrived in 1865. The palace complex is embellished with 49 structures depicting typical traditional style of architectural splendor of Kerala. The Palace also treasures gold crown engraved with precious stones, 13 galleries of oil paintings, 19th century paintings, artistic scene, sculpture in stone and manuscripts are exhibited. Timings: Open from 9.00 am to 12.30pm; 2pm to 4.30pm, Closed on Mondays and National Holidays.
· Backwaters of Cochin
More popular as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Kochi is a cluster of islands on the vast expanse of the Vembanad Lake. Some of these picturesque islands are Bolgatty, Vypeen, Gundu and Vallarpadam. The lake opens out into the Arabian Sea here to form one of the finest natural harbours in the world. It is this natural advantage that has made Lochi a fascinating blend of the cultures and influences of explorers and traders who visited this wealthy land. Boat cruises from Kochi harbor to Willingdon Island, Mattancherry Place, the Jewish Synagogue, Fort Kochi and Bolgatty Island. Sunset cruise. 3 hour backwater village cruises which include visits to coir villages and coconut plantations.
How to reach
International flights are operated from and to the Cochin International Airport (Tel: 2610087/2610115), located 25 kms northeast of the city at Nedumbassery.
Cochin is connected to various parts of the country by the Indian Railways, the largest railway system in Asia.
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