Cochin - The Port City of Kerala
Want to spend some idyllic time on the beaches or to enjoy the peace and serenity in the synagogues or just want to take a stroll around the city's heritage…..Whatever is the explication of your leisure holidays - food, heritage, culture or attraction, come to Cochin
, the land of various sobriquets. Cochin now known Kochi is a port city while some co relates it with the reflection of Kerala. There are some for whom this city is the business center while some travelers associate it with the Malabar mud bank of the underwater. More commonly called as the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea', as you tread on this part of heaven you will be empowered by the total captivating environment of Ayurveda, lush green spice mountains, emerald backwaters and a absolute scenic vista that can leave you hypnotize. Cochin
is the capital of Kerala that saw its first rulers in the Portuguese. Main highlighted features are its forts and palaces, churches and not to be missed - the beaches. Do visit the St. Francis church which also happens to be the oldest European church in India with the remnants of Vasco Da Gama which were earlier buried here. Paradeshi synagogue is also the oldest one here and the hand painted blue porcelain tiles inside are worth noticing. This synagogue is in possession of the scrolls of the Old Testament, something that cannot be missed. The Dutch Palace embellished with forty-five episodes from the Hindu mythology Ramayana is something worth a watch. Besides, there is also a buttress fort built by the British and Pallipuram Fort where the major allurement is the lighthouse. Find out if you can reach on the top of this 16th century remains of the light house that had provided light to millions of ships and boats. Museums in the city is another place to hang around. You must see the Tripunithura museum that houses collections of the royal families of Cochin. One of the most mesmerizing attractions that you will definitely enjoy seeing will be the Chinese fishing net as seen in the square of Vasco da Gama.
Cochin Culture - Full of Feast and Festivals
As people from the various regions have settled in Kerala, amalgamation of various cultures is very much evident. Seafarers too have contributed at large to the cultural and religious pattern of the Kochi City. The best time to visit this city is during the annual tourist festival of Cochin Carnival held in the last week of the year. This is a perfect feast for merry making where people from all over the world participate. Diametric to this western festival there is the Vishnu festival that gives the true flavor of India. Watching the traditional folk dances of Kathakali and Mohiniattam is another favorable experience Kochi bestows on its visitors. Onam in September, is the grandest festival and is the time to condiment the cuisine of Kerala. Missing sea food in Kochi will be a foolish act. Try to guess the ingredients of the dishes, where the use of bananas and coconut is very elaborate. Some of the spectacular lip smacking dishes that should surely be tried are Meen Vevichathu (fish curry), Vellayappams, Appams and Kallappams. The desserts prepared from bananas too are an important cuisine to be savored. Pick some memorabilia from authentic government dealers. The famous caboodle to be purchased are the grass mats, items made from coconut shell, mats made from screw pine and hand woven textiles, besides gold plated mental brass item are best a gift back home. Cochin with it port, beaches and heritage is the ideal destination for all the tourist. We beat you will be definitely find yourself in a different world full of surprises, splendor and a strong magnetic pull that will entice you to stay a day more. The state of Kerala is waiting for you with all open hands that further opens the gateway to the minuscule beauty of the Kerala State.