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St. Francis Church - CochinCochin, also known as Kochi is the commercial capital of south India. Located in the beautiful state of Kerala, Cochin was built by the Portuguese and is today the busiest port of the country and an important tourist destination of the state. It is spread across islands and promontories. Also referred to as the Queen of the Arabian sea, Cochin is a stunning beauty and houses some of the most magnificient historical structures in the country. Tourists visiting this enchanting city are surprised by that variety of options it has to offer for an entertaining vacation.


Places of Interest in Cochin
Bolghatty Palace - The palace is situated in the Bolghatty island and was built by the Dutch. Today, the Bolghatty Palace serves as a hotel and is a perfect place for tourists to enjoy a picnic. The palace also has a golf course which is an added attraction for the lovers of golf. Tourists visiting Kochi must visit the Bolghatty Palace to view its splendid beauty.

St. Francis Church - The Church of St. Francis is another place that tourists must visit during their trip to the beautiful city of Cochin.. This is the oldest church built by the Europeans not only in the city but in the entire India. Vasco da Gama was buried in this church after his death, however, later his remains were carried back back to his home country- Portugal. Tourist visiting the church can see the place where the great Portuguese trader was buried.

Jewish Synagogue - The Jewish Synagogue was built in 1568 and is extremely beautiful. It is exquisitely ornate by Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers. The floor of the synagogue has hand painted willow pattern floor tiles brought from China. Tourists can also see the Giant scrolls of the Old Testament.

Mattancherry Palace - The Mattancherry palace is also known as the Dutch palace, however, it was originally built by the Portuguese. The Dutch presented the palace to the ruler of Kerala and from then many subsequent rulers were crowned in this palace. The palace has many mural paintings that depicts events and scenes from the Hindu epics, Mahabharata and Ramayana. The palace is worth visiting once for its unique beauty.


Shopping in Cochin
Kathkali Dancer Cochin is a favourite place for those tourists who love shopping. Almost anything, whether it is traditional or modern. Some of the most sought after items of Cochin include antiques, coir products and handicrafts which are available in the numerous emporia of the city. Tourists carry back these items as memory of their trip to a beautiful place.


Reaching Cochin
Air - Air India, Indian airlines, Air Maldives and Sri Lankan flights connect Cochin to not only domestic places but also to some foreign destinations. The foreign destination include Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Kuwait, Muscat, Dahran, Male, Bahrain, Doha, Singapore and Colombo. As for domestic destinations, Cochin is well connected to Mumbai, Chennai, Banglore, Delhi, Coimbatore, Goa, Kozhikode, Tiruchirapalli, Thiruvanantpuram and Agatti.

Rail - Three railway stations, Ernakulam Town Railway Station, Ernakulam Junction and Harbour terminus connect Cochin to most of the places in India.

Road - For those tourists who want to travel by road, there are three national highways that connect the city to the rest of the country- NH-47 that runs between Kanyakumari and Salem crosses Cochin. NH no 17 and NH no 49 connects Cochin to Mumbai and Madurai respectively. There are also bus services available for tourists.

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