Kerala has been ranked one of the best tourist destinations in India. I recently visited Kerala and now I am sure why Kerala is called God’s own country. Kerala is serenely beautiful. Our first destination in Kerala was Cochin which is also called Kochi. Cochin is a major port on the Arabian Sea,and is one of the largest ports in India.Kochi is a place where you can find perfect amalgamation of different cultures, from Portuguese to Jews and Chinese.
Reaching Kochi : Kerala has 4 international airports which clearly proves how popular is Kerala among international tourists. The airport nearest to Kochi is the Cochin International Airport.
Staying in Kochi : The best place to stay in Cochin is the Fort Kochi area as all the major sightseeing places are located in the Fort Kochi Area. A number of hotels and homestays are present in Fort Kochi and multiple stay options are available near the beach. Another popular area to stay is the Marine Drive.
Sightseeing in Kochi :
Kochi has the charm of an old city and has architectural marvels inspired by Jew and Portuguese. If you are in Kochi for a day then some of the places you must visit are :
1) Santa Cruz Basilica : Santa Cruz Basilica is one of the eight Basilicas in India and has a history which dates back to the arrival of Portuguese in 1500. The church is more than 500 years old and has an old charm which leaves an impression on the visitors.
2) St.Francis CSI Church : The architecture and design of this church is known for its Dutch and Portuguese influence. This church has an important place in history as the famous explorer Vasco-da-Gama was originally buried here.
3) Mattancherry : Mattancherry is a popular tourist area in Fort Kochi. It has a synagogue which is India’s oldest functioning synagogue. Jew Town is another tourist attraction of Mattancherry which is a good place to shop for spices or simply walk down the streets and window shop for arts and handicrafts. Mattancherry Palace Museum which hosts different weapons such as swords, spears is another popular attraction.
4) Fort Kochi Beach : Fort Kochi Beach is a beautiful beach located on the western coast of India. It is popularly known as the ‘Queen of Arabian Sea’. One can simply stroll along the beach and enjoy the tranquility of the sea and watch the sun paint the sky orange as it sets, or you can enjoy an early morning walk along the beach and watch the fishermen catch fishes in their fishing nets.