Capital of Kerala

Cochin, a vibrant city in the southwest coast, documented since Roman times, is also the oldest European settlement in India.

 With its enchanting Jewish quarter, picturesque Chinese fishing nets, Portuguese churches, Hindu temples and bustling spice and antiques bazaars, Cochin has a seamless blend of diverse architectural and religious influences. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. This ancient port has now split into two main parts: the old town as Fort Cochin, which is the main part of tourist attractions as it houses all the monuments and places of interest. The modern industrious city of Ernakulam so called the commercial capital of Kerala is on the mainland.

Attractions in Kochi (Cochin), around and from Kochi (Cochin)

  • Bolghatty Island This long narrow palm-fringed island, easily accessible from the mainland is where the Bolghatty Palace is situated amidst 15 acres of lush green lawns. Built by the Dutch in 1744, it became the seat

  • Cherai Beach This lovely beach bordering the Vypeen Island is located magically between the backwaters and the sea and offers a breathtaking location.

  • Chinese Fishing Nets The Chinese fishing nets are a fascinating sight to us. These nets, at the entrance of the harbour and along the backwaters with pivots of wood, were introduced by traders from the court of Kublai Kha

  • Ernakulam City The cosmopolitan side of Cochin, Ernakulam offers all the facilities and amenities that any major city would offer. It is ideal for shopping.

  • Fort Immanuel This bastion of the Portuguese was a symbol of the alliance between the ruler of Cochin and the Monarch of Portugal. Built in 1503, the fort was later taken over by the Dutch and then the British.

  • Jew Town The area around the Jewish synagogue is a centre of spice trade and curio shops and is named after the Jewish community which settled here 2,000 years back.

  • Jewish Synagogue Constructed in 1568, this is the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth. It is known for mid 18th century hand painted, willow patterned floor tiles from China, a clock tower, Hebrew inscriptions on sto

  • Kathakali Dance This is most well known dance drama that originates in Kerala from 17th century. Katha means story and kali means play. Characters with vividly painted faces and elaborate costumes re-enact stories fr

  • Mattanchery Palace (Dutch Palace): Built by the Portuguese in 1557 as a gift to the ruler of Kochi, the palace was renovated by the Dutch in 1663 and oddly is named after the Dutch.

  • Paravur and Chendamangalam Paravur or Parur is about 35km north of Kochi and Chendamangalam or Chennamangalam is located 4kms away from Parur. The drive to the village is quite beautiful. The place is also unique in that there

  • Santa Cruz Basilica This historical church was built by the Portuguese and elevated to a cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558. In 1795, the British took over Kochi and demolished the church. About 100 years later, Bishop Do

  • St. Francis Church Built in 1503 by the Portuguese, this is India’s oldest European church. Vasco Da Gama was buried here in 1524 before his remains were moved to Portugal. The tombstone still remains.

  • Trippunithara Hill Palace This palace, built in 1865, was once the residence of the Raja of Cochin and is a majestic structure set in 52 acres of green carpets. It has now been converted into a museum.

  • Willingdon Island Named after Lord Willingdon, a former British viceroy of India, this man-made island was created by a British engineer. The island was formed after dredging the sea to allow large ships to anchor.