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  • Cochin - Description of the City
  • Getting to Cochin

Cochin -- Cochin or Kochi as it is now called, is the commercial capital of the Southern Indian State of Kerala, is sometimes referred to as the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea'. Cochin proudly boasts a rich cultural heritage, but is one of the most fast-paced and modern cities in India. It is also one of the finest natural harbours of the world and a major Indian port.
Always a tourist favourite, this city offers visitors plenty. Forts, palaces, museums, old churches, cool backwaters, palm fringed lagoons, beaches and the practicality of a contemporary metro.
The interesting places to visit in Cochin include the Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), built by the Portuguese and presented to the Cochin Raja in 1555 AD. A fine blend of Indo-European architecture, The Chinese Fishing nets, St. Francis Church, where Vasco Da Gama was buried before his remains were taken back to Portugal 14 years later and Jewish Synagogue, situated close to the Mattancherry boat jetty, the Synagogue and the ancient Jew town built in 1568 A.D. is of great historical importance.

  • By Air -- Cochin is fast developing as a busy International airport as well and is now served by a few International airlines viz, Air India, Emirates, Sri Lankan, Silk Air, Qatar Airways, and Kuwait Airways. All major domestic airlines serve Cochin, connecting it with the rest of India.
  • By Rail -- Various super fasttrains connect Ernakulam (twin city for Cochin) with the rest of the country.
  • By Road -- Cochin serves as the Gateway to Northern Kerala, and is connected by fairly good highways with Kumarakom (85 kms), Munnar (160 kms) and Periyar (200 kms).

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