Striking green mountain valleys, vast sea shores and sprawling tea plantatations makes Cochin an ideal place to spend a lovely vacation. The exotic beach locales with captivating scenes of sunset behind the sea shores makes it an incredible sight to see. As you plan your travel tour through different parts of the beautiful city of Cochin its important to mention that history has left an idelible mark in the growth of this city which is well reflected in its age old architectural edifices and temples scattered at different parts of the city and also to day its one of the busiest commercial centers of India. Also home to some of the biggest carnivals of Kerala the city promises to offer you fascinating glimpses of the traditional art and folk dance forms which are an important part of fairs such as--Jewish Festivals, Onam, Malayatoor Perunal, Thalapoli to name a few. These fairs creates an ambience of joy and mirth all around and foreign tourists show great zest while they compete with the local talents during the festive competitions that are held during those events. As you walk through the beaches of Cochin you will be amazed to see fishermen using large Chinese fishing nets which is one of the added attractions in Cochin as large stretches of the beach shores are covered under such nets offering unique fishing experiences for travellers. During your travel trip to Cochin you can also try out the varied adventure river sports activities which are a main forte of the city. For shopalocholics the city promises to offer unmatched shopping bonanza. The teeming streets of the market places of Cochin provides you unique assortments of handicrafts, artistically decorated clay figurines, brass wares, colorful bead jewelry. Also you get coirs made from wood, bamboo, shells which sell like hot cakes among the tourists. For food lovers the varied restaurants offer mouthwatering traditional Keralite dishes richly flavored with local spicy ingredients.
Travel Information On Cochin
The city of Cochin is well connected through many international flights from Dubai, Hong Kong and domestic airlines from different parts of India. The Cochin Airport is located at Nedumbassery just few minutes drive from the major city locales of Cochin. There are three railway stations in the city namely-- Ernakulam Junction, Ernakulam Town and Cochin Harbor Terminus where are there are numerous trains connected from the far flung cities of New Delhi, Kolkata and Jaipur. Also there are round the clock bus travel tours from near by Bangalore, Coimbatore,Goa,Chennai,Mysore and Ooty. Public transportation in Cochin comprises of auto rickshaws, taxis, buses and ferry rides
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Serene calm backwaters, string of coconut trees and temperate climate of the city makes Cochin an ideal place for travellers who are looking forward to spend a nice romantic vacation. There are many reputed travel agencies offering discount tour packages to Cochin. Some of the most important tourist attraction places in Cochin are--
Bolgatty Palace---Situated in the Bolghatty Islands this luxuriously designed palace is spread over huge acres of land built by Dutch rulers in 1744. The spectacular backwaters serves as its backdrop and over the years it has been converted into a luxury resort. The interiors are well decorated and embellished with artistic designs. All the rooms are fully furnished with modern facilities providing unique dining too along with the presence of round the clock room service, telephone, fax, magazines, valet parking.
St Francis Church---Built in 1503 its one of the oldest architectural landmarks of Cochin. The well decorated wooden interiors reflects the Portugese art and culture.
Jewish Synagogue---As a part of travel itinery in Cochin a visit to this age old synagogue is a must for very visitor for this place is replete with many historical facts evident in its architectural designs, paintings and manuscripts which are found there.
Cherai Beach---If you're looking for peaceful beach locales in the company of lovely dolphins then this particular beach offers you the perfect ambience as the serene calm waters with cool breeze blowing over refreshes you. Besides the beach there are some small road side cafes lined along side coconut groves which adds to its natural beauty.
Hill Palace Museum---Situated just 10 kms away from Cochin it was earlier the official residence of the Royal Family of Cochin. The palace is spread around sprawling acres of land with 49 buildings built in typical Kerala architectural style. It houses 13 galleries offering fascinating centiry old paintings, sculptures and antique furnitures refkecting the grandeur of the Royal family.
There are many first class luxury executive hotels along with low fare budget accommodation scattered in an around the city of Cochin.
Luxury Hotels in Cochin
- Hotel Taj Malabar
- Hotel Le Meridien
- Hotel Casino
- Hotel Renaissance
- Hotel Trident
- Riviera Suites
- Anchor House
- Hotel Abad
- Hotel Abad Metro
- Lotus 8 Hotel
- Wyte Fort
- Sealord Hotel
- The Surya