Things to do in Cochin
Featured in National Geographic Traveler’s '50 greatest places of a lifetime' under the 'Urban Space' category, Cochin (Kochi) has carved an impressive niche for itself. It is the first European colonial settlement in India and is also known as the Gateway to Kerala. Surrounded by the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, Kochi or Cochin (Kochi) was formed as an ancient port city after the Great Floods of the Periyar River. Historically rich in culture, the city has witnessed settlements ranging from the Portuguese to the Chinese. Besides being a fast developing commercial and industrial hub, the city also possesses an undeniable vigour.
Also known as Mattancherry Palace, it was built by the Portuguese and presented to the Raja of Kochi in 1555 AD. It acquired the present name after 1663 when the Dutch carried out extensions and repairs. Its interiors are decorated with murals from the Ramayana and there are some lively displays of royal costumes and palanquins.
St. Francis Church
The St. Francis Church was originally built by the Portuguese in 1510 AD and is believed to be the oldest church built by the Europeans in India. It is here the remains of the inveterate traveller, Vasco-da-Gama were initially buried and 14 years later, his mortal remains were taken to Portugal.
India has always welcomed people with generosity, humility and with open arms. One fine example of this hospitality is the Mattancherry Synagogue. More popularly known as the Paradesi Synagogue, it is the oldest synagogue in the common wealth of nations.
Kathakali is one of the most complicated, highly stylized Indian art form that is basically a Dance Drama noted for its heavy and attractive larger than life make up, elaborate costumes, detailed body movements, synchronized eye-hands movements and thematic presentation of stories with rhythmic steps.
Chinese Fishing Nets
The huge cantilevered Chinese fishing nets that droop towards the waters like over-sized hammocks have become a hallmark that represents Fort Kochi on the tourist map. The sight of the nets, suspended in mid air and standing in line on the beaches, when silhouetted against the sunset is breathtakingly beautiful.
Fort Cochin Heritage Walk
Get a glimpse into Cochin’s rich history and heritage, showcasing the mixed Dutch, Portuguese, British and Jewish influences that make the city unique. You will visit the old quarter of Fort Kochi, exploring the quaint streets of this city on foot. Also visit Fort Kochi’s seaside promenade, and get a glimpse of daily life in Kochi.
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