Kochi one of the beautiful port city in India situated on the banks of Queen of Arabia. Cochin is referred as the colonial name of kochi, the gate way of Kerala as was a prosperous and beautiful state in the ancient Indian. Kochi and Kerala is considered as the one of the sought-after destination in Indian and South Indian Tours Packages. According to history, Many peoples like Arabs, Dutch's, British and Portuguese had contributed to the development of kochi. Earlier century these foreigners visited Kochi for Business and enjoy the rich cultural of Kerala. So over a period of time Cochin has become the gateway of Kerala and commercial city. Even Now also Kochi is considered as the second most prominent city and port in the west coast India. Vallarpadam container terminal and internationally accepted airport- Cochin international Airport are the two important world class entities that connect kochi to the world. Kochi is currently part of the Ernakulum district is series of islands surrended by Arabian sea and backwaters. These islands are often connected with roads and ferries. . This sea side city is proximity to the equator and the combination of sea and mountain provide moderate equatorial climate.
Kochi will be the starting and ending point for the most of the Kerala holiday packages. Because the main airport in Kerala is the Cochin international airport and most of the tour operators start the packages from kochi.In the top three tourist destinations by the World Travel & Tourism Council
Chineese fishing nets are one of main attraction in fort kochi, perhaps fort kochi may be the only place outside china you can see Chinese fishing nets. Chineese fishing nets can be seen every where when you walk around around Fort Kochi. This Chinese Fishing net has bring by traders from the court of Chinese emperor Kubla Khan. Now you can also experience the fishing with Chinese fishing nets if your hotels of Resorts have Chinese fishing nets. In most of the resorts or hotels in Kochi offers fishing with Chinese fishing nets. Another attraction in Fort Kochi is the St Francis Church built by Europeans, An oldest European church in India. Vasco Da Gama who build the spice root to India is believed to be stayed in the Vasco House .. The carnival as a part of the new year and Christmas eve is very famous here.
"Ancherry Mattam", an ancient Brahmin House which was pronounced as Matt- Ancherry by the foreign traders during the early time of Portuguese invasion. Later mattancherry become a popular tourist place in kochi. You can feel the Portuguese influence in many of the buildings and architecture there .
The oldest functioning Synagogue in India is Mattancherry Synagogue
Another tourist attraction is the Mattancherry Palace is a two storied Dutch palace. Even though it is constructed by the Portuguese in the year 1557, it reflects the traditional architectural style of Kerala. But the doors and windows are European Architecture style. Currently the Dutch Palace is a Museum where displayed different types of artilleries and weapons like sword, spears etc.
Mattacherry Pazhayannur Royal temple, Brahmin temples, Palliarakkavvu temple, Gowd Saraswat and Ram Mandir are other tourist attractions in mattancherry.You can many foreign tourist on the streets of Mattancherry during their Kerala holiday package.
We can reach Bolagatty Palace which is situated on Bolgatty island is by a short boat ride from the land. Bolgatty palace is assumed to the oldest existing Dutch palace in India. This is built in the year 1744. This is a two storied Dutch palace beautifully decorated and currently converted in to a hotel with swimming pool, golf course, Ayurvedic centre and daily Kathakali performance. Bolgatty Palace is definitely an ideal place for honeymoon couples to enjoy their honeymoon packages in Kerala.
Hill palace is now converted in to museum and is one of the largest archaeological museum in Kerala. it was constructed in the year 1865. This palace is built in a 52 Acres land surrounded by beautiful gardens. There are many number of plants and trees are protected here and many of them have medicinal importance. The main attractions are Garden House children park and deer park. The mural paintings displayed here have historical and cultural importance. Also house hold items, Chariot, swords and sculptures are displayed here.
This is the biggest shopping mall in India situated at Edappally in the city of Kochi , Kerala. Recently this is one of the most popular and visited place in Kerala spanning 17 Acres . The built up area of the shopping mall is 2.5 million and about 1.7 million retail space. As per the report in the whole planet Lulu Shopping Mall Kochi ranks 89th position and in India it ranks first in its position. 215 retail out lets including restaurants, food courts, Kids and family entertainments like ice skating and multiplex theatre. We can find both international and local brands here. This mall is owned and operated by the lulu group has a base in the middle east. . A five star hotel J W Marriott is also located on the premises of lulu mall Kochi. Major Brands like Addidas, Aldo, Archis, Arrow sport, Baskin Robbins, Blooms Bury's, Burger King, KFC, Pizza Hut, Bulchee, Calvin Klein, Casio, Cold Stone, Columbia Sport wear Company, Crocs, Fossil, Jack & Jons, etc.. Recently one of the hot destination in kochi for the tourists during their Kerala Holiday Packages. Ideal tourist destination for the honeymoon couples for their shopping.
Jew Town was the palace of King of Kochi and was allocated to Jews when they took refuge in Kochi earlier 1524. Jew Town is located close to Mattancherry is vary famous for shops for antique. The Jew town is the road between Mattancherry Dutch Palace and synagogue and sides are built with colonial building that add entirely deferent feel to the street. You can find many antique shops on the street selling Kerala style wooden furniture and sculptures, jewelers, crockery, lamps, paintings and handicrafts.
Marine Drive is the most popular walkway in Kochi stretching from Ernakulum Boat Jetty near Subash park to Jankar Jetty. This one of the favorite hangout place for the local people to view the magnificent sun set and sun rise. People visit this place in large numbers in the evening. Subash park is very adjacent and one of the main attractions of Marine Drive, apart from Subash park and International Tourism Boat Jetty Complex rainbow bridge and china net bridge are also attracting people.