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Kochi, alias Cochin, is the commercial, financial and industrial capital of Kerala. The commercial port has an elaborate history dating back to 13th century. Numerous traders and fishermen have thronged the place since past six centuries. Many rulers, including British and Portuguese, have ruled this the beautiful city on the west coast of India. The South Indian culture prevails throughout the city. The 'Queen of the Arabian Sea' boasts of the giant Chinese fishing nets, ancient mosques, a 400-year-old synagogue and Portuguese houses.
One of the best place to see Kalaripayattu and Kathakali, Kochi also offers enthralling sightseeing opportunities. The azure lagoons and tranquil houseboat tours are perfect for a relaxing getaway. Savor some of the delicious South Indian cuisines served here in traditional manner. Further, Fort Kochi is an iconic landmark and is a must visit. There are other attractions as well which entice tourists.
Fort Kochi Beach is best visited during the sunsets. One of the scenic beaches of Kerala houses giant fishing nets which offer superb views. Beside these, travelers also visit this spot for excellent water sports activities like wind surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling and parasailing. Further, activities like kayaking, canoeing and catamaran sailing are also highly preferred. Though Fort Kochi beach remains busy but it is during Cochin Carnival that this place becomes lively. A quaint village with same name also lies in close proximity and is lined with Victorian styles bungalows.
Chinese Fishing Nets are the vital identical aspects of the Kochi. These are also known as Cheenavala. An unusual form of fishing is carried out via the shore operated lift nets. The nets are a must-see attraction and present splendid views at the time of sunset. It is worth watching that how these nets operate and one can do that by giving some tip to the fishermen.
Mattancherry Palace, a Portuguese palace, showcases the Kerala frescos portraying exhibits of the Rajas (kings) of Kochi. The paintings bring the scenes of Ramayana and Mahabharata to life. Dutch Palace is another name given to this palace. A temple in the central patio houses the idol of Palayannur Bhagwati. The crowning ceremony of Rajas of Kochi used to take place on the formerly central hall on the upper floor.
Hill Palace got the privilege to be the official residence of the Maharaja of Cochin. The largest archaeological Museum in Kerala has a deer park, heritage museum, a children's park and a pre-historic park. Glimpses of splendor and wealth of the royals of Kochi are reflected in the fine collection of articles showcased here.
The heritage and culture of South India is carefully preserved and promoted at Kerala Folklore Museum. The gallery contains wood work, ancient sculptures, Indian bronzes, ancient terracotta, old paintings, stone work, ancient jewelry, old agricultural equipment's, antique utensils, coins of the bygone era and all other ethnic artifacts.
Shiva Temple in Ernakulam overlooks the backwaters of Cochin. The presiding deity is Lord Shiva which faces westwards. Two legends are associated with the temple which are better understood by visiting the holy place.
Tourists usually flock together at Marine Drive for spending some quality time. An important hub of economic activities features several food joints and shopping malls. Witness the awe-inspiring sunsets from this beautiful promenade. Lively backwaters, dotted with speedboats, fishing boats, tankers, ships and passenger boats, can be spotted from the walkway. Chinese fishing net bridge, Rainbow Bridge and Kettuvellam Bridge are the center of attraction.
Cherai Beach is a paradise on Earth for the honeymooners. Nevertheless, other vacationers also visit this beach for one or other reasons. Dolphin sighting and swimming are the best things to do here.
Intermingling of the sea and the backwaters leaves one spellbound. Fringed by Coconut groves, the beach is one of the many islands just off the shoreline. Take some time out to delight in some of the water sports and beach activities.
Indian Naval Maritime Museum exhibits the bravery, devotion and selfless services rendered by the Indian Navy. Kerala's trade links with the Arabs and the history, evolution and genesis of the Indian Navy are meticulously presented. One can get complete insights about the operations like the Goa liberation, Junagadh operation and Indo-Pak wars of 1965 and 1971.
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