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Kochi (Cochin) - "A journey to Ancient Marvels"

Kochi (Cochin) is a beautiful city bordered by the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west. It is an ideal gateway for an extraordinary vacation. This beautiful destination is truly very superb and truly offers wonderful vacation along the beautiful and soothing ambiance of nature. This city has so much to offer to adorn your holidays with golden memories. It is affectionately dubbed as the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea'. It is all about traditions, history, tea coffee and spice gardens, sea food and backwaters. It occupies a prized place in the Ernakulam district of the state. It is also an important sea sport of India. Scores of tourists prefer Cochin Tour to feel the scattered charm of nature in its pristine form. Some of the must-see attractions of Cochin are spice market, Kathakali dance, St. Francis church, Dutch palace, Jewish Synagogue and Hill palace museum. Each of these attractions have their own fascinating charm. Also visit its aromatic tea and coffee gardens. It is truly a rejuvenating experience to stroll through the gardens.

What to see..

Fort Kochi beach: Most memorable experience can be derived from a short walk in the beach during sunset along with unique Chinese fishing nets and ships sailing background. The other major attraction of the place is Bungalows with European Style of architecture along the seashore.

Indira Gandhi Boat Race: Indira Gandhi Boat Race is a grand fest on the rolling backwaters of Kochi. Conducted in the last week of December, it is a fitting finale to the Tourism Fair, which attracts travellers from all parts of the globe. The sixteen majestic snake boats racing neck to neck in gaiety and competition to the sky-rending cheers of the multitudes, is a unique sight. The coveted trophy of the race was instituted in memory of Indira Gandhi, the late Prime Minister of India.

St. Francis Church, Fort Kochi: St. Francis Church is the ancient church in India constructed by Europeans. Vasco da Gama on his third visit to India died in Kochi. He was buried in the Church. Later, his leftovers were taken to Portugal. However, the buried spot is still highlighted in the church.

Dutch palace / Mattancherry Palace - Mattancherry: It is one of the masterpieces of Portuguese architecture. The palace has been renovated and gifted to the Raja of Kochi in the late 17th century. The major attraction of the palace is an excellent collection of paintings depicted from epics of Hindus.

Bolghatty Palace - Bolghatty Island The prominent Dutch Palace is located in Bolghatty Island that can be reached in a short boat ride from the mainland of Kochi. It has been converted as a resort that is being run by Kerala Government. It is a beautiful picnic spot.

Cherai Beach: One of the beautiful beaches located in the north end of the smallest Island called Vypeen Island. The entire surrounding of the beach is lined with paddy field and gorgeous coconut grooves. Other attractions include Vasco House, Santa Cruz Basilica, Jew town and Jewish synagogue, Hill palace, Mangalavanam bird sanctuary, etc.

How to reach....

By Air - Kochi has a well-defined contemporary international airport. The city is well connected with regular flights from major cities in India, Colombo and Singapore and frequent direct flights to middle-east countries.

By Rail -There are three main railway stations in Kochi. Main Station - Ernakulum Junction, Ernakulum town and Cochin Harbor terminus are connected with widespread rail network throughout India.

By Road - Kochi is connected with wide range of network of highways connected from almost all major cities of India. Kochi can be reached through road with private and public transport services.

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