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Ernakulam / Cochin

With a history stretching back to the time of king Solomon when it was known as the “Queen of the Arabian sea” Kochi has been a hot stop. Arab, Phoenocian & Chinese traders stopped in search of spices while Marco Polo, Vasco da Gama, Dutch East India Companu & the British followed. Curling around water Kochi is made up of several islands and 2 main centers. Ernakulam & Fort Kochi/ Mattancherry. Highly cosmopolitan, people live together between Chinese fishing nets architecture dominated by Dutch & British styles and the mood heavy Jew Town.

Places To Visit

  1. Santa Cruz Basilica
  2. St Francis Church
  3. The Dutch Cemetery
  4. Loafer's Corner/Princess Street
  5. Kochi Waterfront
  6. Jews Street
  7. Mattancherry Palace
  8. Bolgatty Island
  9. Bishop’s House
  10. Willingdon Island
  11. Jewish Synagogue
  12. Cherai Beach
  13. Backwaters
 

Santa Cruz Basilica

The Portuguese built Basilica’s 500th anniversary was very recently. With gracious and admiring interiors, Gothic façade with soaring and dazzling spires the Basilica is a charming prayer home. the interiors are decorated with colorful Indo-Romano style of decoration. The Dutch catch of Kochi in 1663 resulted in booming of warehouses in places of worships. The irresistible beauty garnered by stained glass and the imposing Caryatids over the confessional boxes might have persuaded the Dutch to spare it. Founded soon after the arrival of the first Portuguese visitors to India. [Top]

 

St Francis Church

Built in timber by Portuguese in 1503, it was overlaid with stone masonry later. Vasco da Gama was cremated here in 1524. His remains were later removed to Lisbon. His tomb, however, still exists. The church was built on the land gifted by the local Raja, and the title deeds written on pam leaf are still kept inside. It became an Anglican church with the advent of the British in 1795 and one hangover from British days is the continued use of manually operated punkahs, the large swinging cloth fans on frames suspended above the congregation. The grave stones were tossed into the walls of the church in 1886. The ‘Doop Book’, that is, old baptism and the marriage register, from 1751 to 1804, kept in the vestry, are the delights of history seekers. A photo copy of the Doop Book is kept outside the vestry to enable interested visitors to glance through. Location: Church Road, mass at 7.15 am. [Top]

 

The Dutch Cemetery

The tomb stones here are the most authentic record of the hundreds of Europeans who left their homeland on a mission to expand their colonial empires and changed the course of history of this land. The cemetery was consecrated in 1724 and is today managed by the Church of South India [Top]

 

Loafer's Corner/Princess Street

One of the earliest streets to be constructed in Fort Kochi, Princess Street with its European style residences still retains its old world charm. [Top]

 

Kochi Waterfront

A beautiful location for sighting huge cantilevered Chinese Fishing Nets. From here one can ferry to the sporadic Cherai beach which is only few kilometres north of Kochi. [Top]

 

Jews Street

Once a Jews enclave, the Jews Street is now bereft of that community which left to Israel except one or two families. The Star of David inscribed variegated arches wear a wornout look. The marvellous blue and green facades stand faded. The spice shops and curio souks – so interestingly developed by Jews are still thriving in Market Road. In one end is a Synagogue with Malayalam (Kerala’s language) and Hebrew tomb-stones. There were 7 Synagogues, but now only this 400 years old Pardesi Synagogue. Interior with curved brass columns, intricately carved teak chest, Belgian crystal chandeliers and Torah crowns with gems set in gold look marvellous. Hand-painted porcelain tiles from Canton, each tile in different pattern, reinforced the flooring. Two copper plates with details of privileges bestowed on the Jews during the regime of Bhaskara Ravi Varman are preserved as invaluable. The 45-ft clock-tower warrants special attention as its 4 dials bear four different numerals in Arabic, Hebrew, Latin and Malayalam. [Top]

 

Mattancherry Palace

It was built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Cochin. The Dutch renovated the palace in 1663. On display here are beautiful murals depicting scenes from the epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata and some of the Puranic legends. [Top]

 

Bolgatty Island

Famed Bolgatty Palace built by Dutch in 1744 is located here. It is a heritage structure. It houses a prestigious 5-star deluxe hotel with honeymoon cottages run by Kerala Tourism Development Corpn. [Top]

 

Bishop’s House

This 1506 Portuguese built heritage structure was once the residence of Portuguese Governor. Later it was taken over by the 27th Bishop of the Diocese of Kochi, Dom Jos Grome Ferreirand and it self-acquired the name Bishop’s House. [Top]

 

Willingdon Island

Named after Lord Willingdon, the British viceroy to India, this man-made island is surrounded by beautiful backwaters. The Willingdon Island is the site of the city's best hotels, customs and trading centers, the port trust and also the headquarters of the Southern Naval Command. [Top]

 

Jewish Synagogue

Built in 1568, it is the oldest synagogue in the commonwealth countries. Known for mid 18th century hand printed, willow pattern floor tiles from Canton in China, Hebrew inscriptions on stone slabs, a dock tower, ancient scripts on copper plates etc, the Synagogue is a place worth seeing in Cochin. [Top]

 

Cherai Beach

This lovely beach bordering Vypeen Island is ideal for swimming. Dolphins are occasionally seen here. A typical Kerala village with paddy fields and coconut groves nearby is an added attraction of this beach. [Top]

 

Backwaters

While you are in Cochin, you will come across many backwater options to enchant and refresh you. Popular as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Cochin is a group of islands on the huge expanse of the Vembanad Lake. Some of these picturesque islands are Bolgatty, Vypeen, Gundu and Vallarpadam. The Vembanad Lake opens out into the Arabian Sea here to form one of the finest natural harbours in the world, making Cochin a fascinating blend of diverse cultures and influences. The interlinking of waterways has made Cochin a place, from where many backwater houseboat cruises begin or end.[Top]
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Route Ernakulam / Cochin
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Package Code 220717D
Duration 6 day(s) and 5 night(s).
Travellers 2 Adult(s) and 0 Child(ren) (below 12 Years).
Route Alappuzha - Idukki / Munnar / Thekkady - Ernakulam / Cochin
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Package Code 220717A
Duration 4 day(s) and 3 night(s).
Travellers 2 Adult(s) and 0 Child(ren) (below 12 Years).
Route Alappuzha - Ernakulam / Cochin
Kovalam Beach, Alleppy HouseBoat, Periyar and Munnar
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Duration 7 day(s) and 6 night(s).
Travellers 6 Adult(s) and 0 Child(ren) (below 12 Years).
Route Thiruvananthapuram - Ernakulam / Cochin - Idukki / Munnar / Thekkady
Cochin, Munnar, Periyar, Alleppey
Validity:1st March 2012 to 30th September 2012

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Includes:
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Periyar: 01Nights Accommodation
Alleppey: 01Night House Boat Accommodation
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Package Code KWT-0111G
Duration 6 day(s) and 5 night(s).
Travellers 2 Adult(s) and 0 Child(ren) (below 12 Years).
Route Ernakulam / Cochin - Idukki / Munnar / Thekkady - Alappuzha
Group Tour Package
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Hotel Category: 2Star
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Duration 9 day(s) and 8 night(s).
Travellers 12 Adult(s) and 0 Child(ren) (below 12 Years).
Route Alappuzha - Idukki / Munnar / Thekkady - Ernakulam / Cochin - Thiruvananthapuram
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Duration 8 day(s) and 7 night(s).
Travellers 2 Adult(s) and 0 Child(ren) (below 12 Years).
Route Thiruvananthapuram - Alappuzha - Idukki / Munnar / Thekkady - Ernakulam / Cochin