Kochi (formerly known as Cochin) is one of the most important and visited cities of Kerala, India. Surrounded by the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west, it is a prominent port city of Kerala, India. Set on the clusters of beautiful islands and narrow peninsulas, this beautiful port city of Kerala, Kochi is located in the district of Ernakulam.
Also considered as the economical capital of Kerala, it is one of the fastest emerging cities of India. It is located at the distance of about 220 km north of the state capital Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram). It is among few cities of India that is well-connected by surface, air and water transportation. It has international airport and world-class port and also well-liked by road and train.
Despite being important industrial town of Kerala and the country, this beautiful port city is also one of the major tourist destinations of Kerala and the country. Travelers from all around the world come to visit Kochi either city tours or Kerala tours. It is the ideal starting poring to explore the beauty and amazing diversity of Kerala, South India. Rightly the city is considered as the Gateway to Kerala.
Lovingly described as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, the beautiful port city of Kochi reflects the perfect image of state with rich past and bustling present. There are several places of tourist interest in the city. Beaches, seaports, backwaters, monumental heritage, etc are the prime attractions of Kochi that deserve the attentions of tourists from all around the world. You too should not forget to explore this important port city of Kerala on your Kerala visit.
Some major tourist attractions of Kochi Kerala tours are:
Chinese Fishing Nets These fishing nets are the prime attraction of every
Kerala package tours It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets to Cochin Kerala. These nets are set up on teak wood and bamboo poles.
Fort Kochi Beach
It is also an important tourist destination of Kochi city tours and travel. You should not forget take a troll along the beach on your Kochi visit. While exploring Fort Kochi Beach you will have wonderful opportunity to see several European style bungalows along the shoreline. The best time to explore this beautiful beach is at the period of sunset. A stroll along the beach at sunset with the famous Chinese Fishing Nets and sailing boats & ships in the background provides a pleasant experience of lifetime.
St. Francis Church
It is the oldest church built by Europeans in India and one of the prime attractions of Kerala tour package. It is the place where Vasco da Gama was buried.
Mattancherry Dutch Palace
Originally built by Portuguese and later modified by Dutch and presented to the King of Kochi, it is one of the prime attractions of Kochi
tour to Kerala India. While you will visit this palace and explore it you will have wonderful opportunity to see a fine collection of mural painting showing scenes from the Hindu epics Mahabharata and Ramayana.
Other attractions which you should not forget to visit and explore on your Kochi Kerala package tours are Vasco House, Santa Cruz Basilica, Jewish Synagogue, Jew Town, Bolghatty Island & Palace, Cherai Beach, etc. Kochi visit also provides wonderful opportunity to enjoy houseboat ride over the tranquil and scenic backwaters of Kerala, South India. Well, ready to enjoy the fascination of Kerala tours with Kochi visit.