GATEWAY KERALA HOLIDAYS
Queen of the Arabian' Sea. Cochin is the commercial capital of Kerala and IT Hub of Kerala. Major attractions of the city are the Chinese fishing nets along the Vasco Da Gama Square, Santa Cruz Basilica, St.Francis Church, VOC Gate, Bastion Bungalow, Bolghatty Palace, Mattanchery Palace, Jews Synagogu etc. Apart from these architectural splendors, an array of restaurants serving fresh seafood are also popular among tourists. Hyper markets and shopping malls like Lulu Centre, Oberon mall are the dream spots to Shopping enthusiasts.
This Dutch palace is situated on the Bolghatty island. At present it is being used as hotel. The island has a fine golf course and the panoramic view makes it an attractive picnic spot. Frequent boat service is available from the mainland.
Chinese Fishing nets
The chinese fishing nets found here are the only ones of its kind in India. It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here. Erected here between 1350 and 1450 AD by traders from the court of Kublai Khan, these nets are set up on Teak wood and bamboo poles. The best place to watch the nets being lowered into the sea and catch being brought in is the Vasco da Gama Square, a narrow promenade that runs along the beach. The Square is ideal place to idle, with stalls serving fresh delicious sea food, tender coconut etc.
The Dutch Palace was originally built by the Portugese. Later, in 17th century, the Dutch modified it and presented to the Raja of Kochi. Coronation of many Rajas of Kochi were held here. The place has a fine collection of mural paintings depicting the scenes from the Hindu epics Mahabharatha and Ramayana.
Santa Cruz Basilica
This historic church was built by the Portguese and eleveated to a Cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558. in 1795 it fell into the hands of the British when they took over Kochi, and was demolished. About a hundred years later Bishop Dom Gomez Ferreira commissioned a new building at the same site in 1887. The Church was proclaimed a Basilica in 1984 by Pope John Paul II.
Built in the 19th century by Raja of Kochi, the Kochi province was ruled from here. The palace has been converted into a museum displaying a fine collection of articles used by the Rajas of Kochi apart from many archaeological findings.
The area around the Synagogue is a centre of spice trade and curio shops. Also known as Paradesi Synagogue is the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations. It was built in 1568 by the people or Cochin Jewish community in the Kingdom of Cochin. It was built adjacent to the Mattanchery Palace temple on the land gifted to the Cochin Jewish community by the Raja of Kochi.
Museum of Kerala History
The museum has on display life size statues of many famous personalities and several paintings depicting Kerala History. Cherai Beach: This lovely beach bordering Vypeen island is ideal for swimming. Dolphins are occasionally seen here. Pallipuram Fort: It is the oldest European fort built in India. Parikshit Thampuran Museum: The museum is situated near the famous Siva Temple, Ernakulam. It houses a treasure of archaeological findings and relics including old coins, sculptures, oil paintings and murals.