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Kochi - The Destination

 
Kochi (Cochin) means different things to different people. To some, it is a world-famous port, while to others it is a business center and a fascinating reflection of Kerala's vibrant multifaceted personality. In Cochin or Kochi, dawn is not often a thing of breathtaking beauty, but a casual smear of tinted light where sea and sky unite. Daybreak is full of indeterminate promise. A slow lividness at the mist-obscured harbor mouth meets the swelling untamed surge of the ocean. Cargo-laden barges and vallams or country boats move, ponderously slow, over the sprawling vastness of  the   Vembanad  Kayal , Kerala's  largest  lake

Kochi - Cochin Kerala

that spreads full bosomed and silver gray in the sultry sun.

Kochi has been an important trading port since ancient times. Today, the land of spices that attracted the European traders is a quaint blend of the old and the new, the Indian and the Western. Popularly referred to as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Cochin is today the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala.

Dance of Kochi
Being a major harbor from the times of the British and Portuguese, Cochin has a rich heritage of forts, churches and temples. A visit to these ancient marvels gives you an overview of the political, religious and commercial developments of the city. The Dutch Palace at Mattancherry is renowned for its wall murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana. Fort Kochi, though now in ruins, contains many remains of Indo-European architecture. The Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town is an intriguing mixture of shops, warehouses and  spice  auction  rooms . The  St. Francis Church , the

oldest European church in India, stands as the pride of Fort Cochin. The Santa Cruz Basilica, originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese, was used as a warehouse by the British in the 18th century. The Chinese fishing nets are huge cantilevered fishing nets believed to have brought to Kochi by Chinese traders. The Hill Palace Museum at Tripunithura houses the collections of the Cochin and Travancore royal families. Finally, the Willingdon Island, named after Lord Willingdon, is the headquarters of the Southern Naval Command of India.

Get charmed by this captivating destination of Cochin in Kerala, truly God’s own country.

Kochi - Facts at a Glance

State : Kerala
Area : 8700 sq kms
Temperature : 24°C - 32°C (Summers)
25°C - 36°C (Winters)
Rainfall : 310 cm
Language : Malayalam, English
Best Season : December – May


History of Kochi

Kochi has existed on the trading map of India since the Roman times. It was on the main trade route between Europe and China. From the 18th century onwards, the outer region to the inland bay was under British control. The inner harbor was part of the state of Kochi while most of the hinterland was in the separate state of Travancore. This political division resulted in hampering of the development of the harbor until 1920-23.

Kochi was declared a major port in 1936. With its opening, there was a complete reorientation of shipping and commercial activities on the Malabar Coast. With its year-round shipping facilities, it is the busiest port south of Bombay, lying as it does on the direct route to Australia and the Far East from Europe and serving the vast southern hinterland of industrial areas and plantations. It is a passenger port for the United Kingdom and America in South India. Moreover, it is one of the few ports of the world with all the three main forms of transport-land, sea, and air, concentrated in the same place.
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