Beauty lies in the past pages of the dock in Kochi, which it was once. It is the same lagoon that makes Kochi a prized possession of South India. Vacationing in Kochi amidst the earthy aroma of nation's busiest port against the setting sun and fisherman's songs is a cherished dream of all travellers. The dandy Queen of Arabian Sea, Kochi seeks a earnest pleasure in her commanding appellation- The Gateway of South India. Holidaying in Kochi you can best sharp your fathom by taking a cruise trip along Kayal from Ernakulam to Perumbalam and back. Cast off at Sunrise and the silence, unbroken but for bird caw, resembles the life at beginning of time. At present, Kochi is one of the most important industrial, trading and commercial center of South India.
Kochi's Center of Attraction
Fort Kochi beach and Mattancherry
A lazy walk along the beach, particularly at sunset with the Chinese fishing nets and sailing ships in the background, is an unmatched experience. Adding glamour to the beauty of beach are plenty of European style bungalows which can be seen along the shoreline.
Santa Cruz Basilica
A 500 old Portugese built Church has truly impressing interiors with stained glasses and life like caryatids watching over the quaint confessional boxes.
St Francis Church
The actual burial ground of Vasco Da Gama orients the major attraction here. Besides there are must sees like The 'Doop Book' and marriage registers from 1751-1804.
Before the 'Fort Kochi ' there are huge cantilevered Chinese Fishing Net, where you can glimpse one or two bamboo-and-teak contraption lowered and catch hauled in.
During the last 10 days of the year white paper buntings adorn streets and house. Impromptu competitions and celebrations sprout on the sidewalks. This is the sight of Goa Carnival which concludes in the midnight on December 31st with a burst of fireworks.
Situated on the Bolghatty island, at present it is being used as hotel. The island has a fine golf course and the panoramic view makes it an attractive picnic spot. Frequent boat service is available from the mainland.
Chinese Fishing Nets
The Chinese fishing nets found here are the only ones of its kind in India. It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here.
The Dutch Palace was originally built by the Portugese. Later, in 17th century, the Dutch modified it and presented to the Raja of Kochi. Coronation of many Rajas of Kochi were held here. The place has a fine collection of mural paintings depicting the scenes from the Hindu epics Mahabharatha and Ramayana.
Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary
This bird sanctuary is situated in the center of Kochi city and is the dwelling of many striking and rare varieties of migratory birds.
Indira Gandhi Boat Race
Sleek snake boats vie with one another, the furious paddling turning the water fronting Marine Drive into one frothing melee. It is a pure theater
- Reach to Kochi during post monsoon period from September to May.
- Board the flight at Cochin International Airport, wheeze to Kochi at Ernakulam Junction and drive on the NH47 that links Salem to Knayakumari Via Palakkad.
- Tourist Office- District Tourist Promotion Council, Old Collectorate Building, Park Avenue road, Ernakulam