Kochi, socially known as Cochin is Kerala’s Gateway. Nestled on the south-west of the Indian peninsula Cochin will offer you with a mesmerising beauty and is famed as the booming city of Kerala.
History recounts the facts that the British, Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese and Arabs have laid their inevitable efforts in the development of Cochin. Records reveals that Cochin day by day has emerged as one of the most famous and prosperous cities in the west coast of India. The port and the international Cochin airport connect with all the major cities worldwide. Cochin is also renowned as the thriving port city of Kerala.
The most important activity in any Cochin tourist itinerary would be a ferry ride across the vast expanses of Kochi backwaters. Hemmed with swaying coconut palms and Chinese nets silhouetted against the backdrop of the setting sun, the backwaters make a breathtaking spectacle. The majestic houseboats that glide across the water form another dramatic spectacle that not many cities in India can boast. Cochin backwaters indeed occupy a top slot in the tourist map of this beautiful city.
No matter whether you are here in Cochin to explore the charm of the bygone era, savour the tantalizing seafood delicacies, explore the culture heritage and art forms or just to break free from the daily grinds, Cochin will be a good choice. There are many popular tourist attractions around including Bolgatty Island, where the Bolghatty palace, built by the Dutch in 1744 stands. The man made island of Willington Island is another must see spot in Cochin. It was made by filling the dredged soil around a tiny natural island that existed previously.
Step back in time by making a trip to the heritage zone of Fort Kochi where you can see vestiges of Dutch, English and Portuguese colonial rule even today. The shady avenues, the sleepy streets and the imposing European heritage and true cosmopolitan temperament of Kochi will make you fall in love at first sight! A leisurely stroll along the streets that tell a thousand tales about its past is a delightful way to discover the charm of this city. Enjoy a boat ride across the blue lagoons to take a peek to the unhurried pace of its rustic life and its true beauty, shop till you drop at any antique shop or enjoy the life go around from a wayside café. It would be a good idea to check out any authentic Ayurveda facility in Fort Kochi to indulge in a relaxing ayurvedic massage that will make you relaxed and refreshed. Options are truly yours while you are in Cochin.