The second largest city in the state of Kerela, after the state capital Thiruvananthapuram is a major port-city. The city is popularly known as 'Queen of the Arabian sea'. Kochi has maintained the trade relationships with many neighboring countries. The city is very well-connected with roads and railways as well.
There are lots of interesting places in Kochi
which fascinates the people and tourist like:
• St. Francis Church
This is the oldest church built by the Europeans in India. The church is the burial ground of the Great Vasco Da Gama, who fell ill and died here on his third visit in India. Later on the remains were transferred to Lisbon after 14 years.
• Museum of Kerela History
The wonderful museum in Kochi presents the cultural evolution and history of Kerela through a brilliant light and sound show in English and Malayalam.
• Willingdon Island
Created by Sir Robert Bristow, a visionary harbour engineer, the island is significant as it is the habitat for the Port of Kochi, the Kochi Naval Base of the Indian Navy and Central Institute of Fisheries Technology. Apart from the commercial purposes, the island has become a weekend getaway spot. Away from the bustling city life, one finds shear peace and belongingness at this 82 years old island. One must visit this place to experience serenity and rare natural beauty.
• Marine Drive
The Marine drive in Kochi is one of the best places to spend quality time in the city and provides an amazing view of the sea. Many important structures and landmarks are lined along the boulevard of Marine Drive, which itself stretches from Jankar Jetty in the north to the Ernakulam Boat Jetty in the south. Important landmarks nearby include The Marine Walkway, The Rainbow Bridge, The Houseboat Bridge, The China Net Bridge and GCDA Shopping Complex, so if you are looking to discover the very essence of what Kochi is all about, This is the place.
• Bolgatty Palace
Nestled in the charming beauty of Kochi, the Bolgatty Palace is situated on an island that is best known by the name of the palace itself. It is one of the oldest existing Dutch palaces that is situated outside Holland and is an exquisite example of the Kochi style of architecture. It was built in 1744 by Dutch traders and was later extended and gardens were landscaped around it. Green gardens, azure skies and the virgin charms of Kerela are aplenty at the Bolgatty Palace.
• Vasco da Gama Square
Many stalls serving various edibles such as coconuts, nuts, sea-food, ice-creams and local fares scatter the narrow esplanade along the Kochi beach which is the Vasco da Gama Square. One can even watch local fisherman fishing along the shoreline
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