Explore your travel through The Queen of the Seas – Cochin –Kochi
Kochi, also known as Cochin, is one of the most popular vacation spots in India. This beautiful city is fondly called by many as the Queen of Arabian Sea. This city has a historical record of trade relations (mainly spices) with many nations across various continents and oceans from as early as 12th century AD. It is one of those rare places where you can actually feel history, heritage, scenic beauty etc co-existing marvelously with modernity and metropolitan lifestyle. The name of the city is derived from the Malayalam term ‘Kochazhi’ which literally means small lagoon.
Kochi has a charm of its own which makes many tourists rearrange their schedules and stay longer- be it the scenic locales, the friendly locals, the food, or the rich cultural heritage and traditions. There are innumerable places in and around Kochi which attract tourists.
Fort Kochi Beach and the Chinese Fishing Nets (Cheenavala): A stroll through Fort Kochi beach during evenings seeing the famous Chinese fishing nets (Kochi is the only place which uses such nets outside China) can be one of the most treasured memories of your life. There are also many historically important places such as the Santa Cruz Basilica to visit nearby.
Mattancherry: Mattancherry, which lies very near to Fort Kochi, gives you a feeling of visiting an old-European town. The narrow pathways, the Jewish synagogue (built in 1568- decorated with Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers), old houses, Dutch palace, the spice shops, all have many stories to tell you.
Marine Drive, Wellington Island and Bolgatty Palace: Marine Drive, situated on the banks of Vembanad Lake, is the city’s most popular hangout- both for the tourists and the locals. It is also a huge shopping and food centre with various shopping malls and restaurants around. Wellington Island is a manmade island named after Lord Wellington, the British Viceroy of pre-independent India. It has many hotels, shopping centers, a harbor etc. Bolgatty Palace is situated in an island which overlooks Marine Drive, Cochin Shipyard etc. Built originally by the Dutch, this place now has a heritage hotel and a well-maintained garden.
The Backwaters: There are many small islands in the backwaters near Kochi. A house-boat ride through the scenic backwaters enjoying the light breeze will relieve you and will be exciting.
Kochi also has many museums and other places of interest which you can easily find out. Alleppey and Kottayam, two of the other famous tourist spots in Kerala, are not far away from Cochin.
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