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Cochin Guide

A picturesque location in the state of Kerala, it offers to its visitors a unique combination of beaches, historical monuments, back waters, islands, peninsulas, chinese fishing nets and nature at its splendor. Cochin is situated on the shoreline of Arabian Sea with Kumarakom and Allapuzha district on the south, Idukki on the East and Thrissur on the north. The city is considered as the commercial and industrial capital of the state of Kerala.

Since ancient times it was famous as a trading city and continued its acclaimed glory as the nerve center of the spice coast of India all throughout the history. As a maritime port it attracted people from other continents and countries, who came as traders and later ingeniously invaded this beautiful place. But the remnants of conquer left some good traits of foreign culture which was imbibed and embraced by the locals. The precursor of the invasion was the Portuguese, continued by Dutch, Jewish and English Traders.



Tourist Attractions in Cochin

Chinese Fishing Nets

Cheenavala as called by the people of Kochi are cantilevered fishing nets set on teak wood and bamboo poles. These were erected between the period of 1350 and 1450 by the traders who have come from the court of Chinese Emperor Kubli Khan. You can witness this interesting fishing method from the Vasco Da Gama Square a narrow walkway that runs along the beach in Fort Kochi. The cost of Fort Kochi and Vypeen are dotted with these fishing nets which provide livelihood for the fishermen of this region.

Fort Kochi Beach

A walk through the promenade of the Fort Kochi Beach would surely refresh you. The cool breeze from the sea, ships passing by, Chinese fishing nets and fisherman indulged in their daily venture, small eateries which offers Sea food which you can relish and curio shops for you to shop; all sure to provide you rare moments.

St. Francis Church

An oldest church in the region built by Europeans in India and is much known in the name of Vasco Da Gama the Portuguese trader who reached India from Europe by sea. He passed away due to illness during his third visit to India and he was buried in this church. The mortal remains of his body were taken back to Portugal, but the burial site is still attracting lot of tourists.

Vasco House

Vasco House in Fort Kochi is considered to be the house that Vasco Da Gama lived during his stay here. One of the oldest Portuguese houses remaining in India features European Glass Pane Windows and Verandahs.

Jewish Synagogue and Jew Town

The beautiful Synagogue was built in the year 1568. The exclusive attractions of this synagogue are that the floor has hand painted willow pattern floor tiles brought from China and the Belgian Chandeliers. The giant scrolls of the Old Testament are also displayed there.

 

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