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Trip back in time and rediscover the multi-hued facets of India. You will simply fall in love with what awaits you !

Trip back in time and rediscover the multi-hued facets of India. You will simply fall in love with what awaits you !
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About Kochi
Kochi or Cochin, is a charming tourist destination, located in Ernakulam district of Kerala. The city referred to as the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea' is one of the major ports of India. Kochi, the Gateway to Kerala, is popular for its picturesque tourist spots. The city once inhabited by the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch and Portuguese houses several historical marks. Over the years Kochi has developed as a commercial and industrial centre of Kerala, but it still retains its old world charm. The forts, palaces and churches of the city tales of its rich culture. The people of Kochi called as Kochite, are very simple and they lead a traditional life.
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Climate of Kochi
Cochin is a coastal city, just 10 degrees north of the equator. The climate of the city is moderately hot and humid round the year. The south-west monsoon causes heavy showers with thunder and lightning in June-September. During the summers the temperature hits a maximum of 36.2°C and minimum 21.4°C, while the winter temperature varies between 28°C and 21°C. The ideal time ot visit the port city is October to March.

Major Attractions of Kochi
Fort Kochi : This historical town has Jewish and Dutch settlements. Fort Kochi is famous for it St. Francis Church and serene beaches. Built in 1510 A.D, St. Francis Church is said to be the oldest European church built in India. The church is the burial site for Vasco Da Gama, who died in 1524 A.D.

Chinese Fishing Nets : The Chinese fishing nets or 'Cheena Vala' are set up here on Teak wood and bamboo poles between 1350-1450 A.D,. The nets were erected by traders from the court of Kublai Khan. These large nets are used by fishermen to catch fish attracted by the lights suspended above the nets.

Bolghatty Palace : The palace built by the Dutch in 1744 A.D, is situated on the Bolghatty Island. The beautiful island located close to the Ernakulam city, has a fine golf course and a KTDC hotel. The two-storeyed palace contains nicely decorated bed chambers and a huge lounge where historical portraits are displayed.

Santa Cruz Basilica : The Santa Cruz Basilica is located near to the St. Francis Church. The Roman Catholic Church, was built by the Portuguese. Pope Paul IV, elevated the church to a Cathedral, in the year1558. The church had suffered severe damage during the British rule, but it still has an interesting collection of paintings and a well-decorated ceiling.

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Gundu Island : The island is the smallest island in Kochi. It houses the magnificent Pallipuram Fort, built in 16 th century, which is open only on Thursdays.

 Beach CochinDutch Palace (Mattancherry Palace) : The oriental style palace, was originally built by the Portuguese in 1557. Later the Dutch modified the palace in the 17th century and presented it to the Raja of Kochi. The double-storeyed palace building surrounds a central courtyard has a Hindu temple, dedicated to the royal deity, Palayannur Bhagavati. On either side of palace two more temples are situated, which are dedicated to Lord Krishna and Lord Siva. The rooms of the palace depict the scenes from the Mahabharatha Ramayana and Puranic legends.

The Hill Palace Museum : Built in 1865 by the King of Kochi, the museum is located 10 Kms away from Kochi. It was the official residence of the Kochi Royal family. The Hill Palace Museum is the largest archaeological museum in Kerala. The museum houses the belongings of the Rajas of Kochi and varied species of flora. The museum is open everyday between 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm, except Mondays.

Shopping
The must buy items of Kochi are metalware, camel-bone carvings, wood carvings, items made of coconut shells, bamboo cane, Jewellery, readymade garments, and ethnic hand-woven textiles, grass mats and several other types of handicrafts. M.G. Road is the major shopping centre of Kochi, which is situated in the heart of the city.

How To Reach
Air : Cochin International Airport is the major airport situated at a distance of 20 Kms from the city centre. The Airlines operate domestic and international flights from Kochi to major cities.

Rail : The city has three main railhead such as Ernakulam Junction, Ernakulam Town and Cochin Harbour Terminus on Willingdon Island. The trains from major cities of the country are available to Kochi.

Road : The highways and good roads connect Kochi with rest of the country. The government and private buses run to Kochi, from nearby places.
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Accommodation
Kochi is dotted with several hotels, which offer plenty of accommodation choices. Some of the famous hotels are Le Meridien Resort, Taj Malabar, Taj Residency, The Trident and The Malabar House Fort Cochin.



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