Queen of Arabian Sea – Cochin
An Article Sharing by Tourism Cochin
Cochin or Kochi is one of the favourite locations of tourists in Kerala. Located on the shores of the Arabian Sea, it is also known as the Queen of Arabian Sea. Cochin is used to refer to the town or old Kochi which includes Willington island, Fort Kochi, Mattanchery and the places nearby. However, nowadays, people seem to refer to Cochin in a wider sense which includes the Ernakulam city as well.
Cochin is a place worth visiting. The major attraction of Cochin is its backwaters. There are a number of lakes and lagoons on the banks of which we can see a neat line of resident buildings and resorts. The longest lake of India, the Vembanad lake is also situated here.
When you are at Cochin, Marine drive is one place you cannot miss. It is the hub of happenings. The line of red benches facing the sea is never empty. You can also see the ‘Cheenavala’, the Chinese fishing net from here. If you are lucky, the fishermen might actually let you try it out. The place is close to many shopping centres and can be called the heart of the city.
Fort Kochi and Mattanchery is a world by itself. It is the perfect picture of how cultures meet very well. The Mattanchery Palace is a storehouse of ancient culture. It is a conglomeration of culture in itself. Built by the Portuguese in the old ‘Naalukettu’ style, the architecture stands tall as a masterpiece. Fort Kochi is a place where there are some really nice food joints. Kashi is an art gallery with a small food joint famous for its coffee and lunch specials.
The Jew street at Mattanchery is a shopper’s heaven. From spices to antiques, junk jewelry to clothes, you get anything here and you can get it at an affordable place if you know how to bargain. The Paradesi Synagogue and the Clock Tower are situated nearby.
The boat ride to Bolgatty to sea the Bolgaty palace is also worth a visit. The artificial island, called the Willington island is a major trading area.
You can reach Cochin either by flying down at the Nedumbaseri International Airport or by taking the train and getting down at Ernakulam junction. There are also frequent bus services to the city from major cities of the southern states of India.
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