Known as Queen of the Arabian Sea, Cochin (Kochi) is believed to be
the finest natural harbour in the world. It is a cluster of islands on the
vast expanse of the Vembanad Lake. Because of its commercial importance,
foreign powers vied for supremacy in the area and therefore the place has a
blend of several exotic cultures like the Portuguese, Jewish, English,
French, Dutch and Chinese.
Ferry rides in Kochi backwaters commands a breathtaking view due to its lush green
lawns sloping down to the water's edge. Giant Chinese fishing nets that
billow from massive teak and bamboo poles dot the entrance to the harbor.
Silhouetted against the setting sun, they present a magnificent sight at the
Houseboats in Kochi Backwaters:
Houseboats are a unique way to experience the beauty of Cochin. The
houseboats glide on the backwaters in Kochi, with panoramic view passing by.
Few of the major tourist attractions around Kochi Backwaters are:
Bolghatty palace, built by the
Dutch in 1744 for their governors and later used by the British governors is
situated here. Today it is a Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC)
This is situated in the
backwaters and is named after the British viceroy to India, Lord Willington.
The headquarters of the naval command, port trust, trading centers etc are
A fishing village, Fort Kochi became a
European trading center in the middle ages.
Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace):
This was built
by some foreigners on Hindu architectural style in 1555.
St Francis Church:
Built of wood in 1503, it may be
the oldest European church in India. Vasco-da-Gama was buried here.