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Situated on the south-west coast of India, Kochi or Cochin is a bustling commercial port city with a trading history that dates back to at least 600 years. Called as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, the city is the financial, commercial and industrial capital of Kerala.
The city is marked by influences of Arabs, Dutch, Phoenicians, Portuguese, Chinese and the British city as well as that of the Indian rule of Chera Dynasty followed by rule of the Feudal Lords. A gaggle of islands inter-connected by ferries, this cosmopolitan town has upmarket stores, art galleries and some of the finest heritage accommodations. In a true vintage-meets-future fashion, pubs, restaurants, shopping hubs and futuristic stores crowd Ernakulum, Jew Town and Fort Kochi while palaces, beaches, temples and heritage sites marking their presence too.
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Something a lot of people don’t appreciate about the coastal city-it’s Churches! The Jewish synagogue, the Santa Cruz basilica and dozens of other churches offer some beautiful paintings and frescoes to admire-visiting during Christmas season is quite the experience.The boating and Fort Kochi need no introduction. The language barrier can be quite a struggle, but still manageable in Kochi as it’s one of the more commercialized cities of South India ( Naval Command, Fort Kochi, NLU Kochi, etc).The beaches within the city and it’s access to nearby backwaters such as Alleppey and Munnar make this city a must for the sea-lover.
Just find a net and stay with them. The way they catch fuses using these nets are really things to see. The fishing nets are still present for last 8 generations. At Fort Kochi out of 12, only 4 are operational as on July 2016. And to reach Fort Kochi, best way to take a boat from Ernakulam Boat Jetty, costs only INR 4/-
Fort Kochi is the one of the coziest places in India. Its contemporary architecture and low skyline is a signature in itself. There are numerous highly comfortable inns and many more personalised cafes which give really great food at attractive prices. The St.Basilica Cathedral is one of the three basilicas in the country and a very glorious one at that. Fort Kochi is very walkable with its concrete paved streets and small alleyways. A must explore area if you're visiting Kochi.
The Jewish Synagogue located in Mattancherry costs just Rs.5 per head for a five minute session that explains the architecture and history of the synagogue apart from the tour. Photography is charged additional. The pulpit in the middle of the hall signifies the rich heritage of a not so long ago established prayer centre. The building's interior has been done using imported and hand-crafted material most if which are extinct today. The best part is that the synagogue is still run by Jews and not the government authorities. This has helped to a great extent in maintaining the authenticity of the synagogue.
A coastal delight. Well connected by all means possible.
Ideal for the coast lovers. Suitable for backwater lovers from Kozhikode, Trivandrum etc.