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Cochin is a city in the Indian state of Kerala. The city is one of the principal seaports of the country and is located in the district of Ernakulam, about 220 kilometres (137 mi) north of the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram. It has an estimated population of 600,000, with an extended metropolitan population of about 1.5 million, making it the largest urban agglomeration and the second largest city in Kerala after the capital.

Popularly known as the Queen of Arabian Sea, Cochin is located in Kerala, on the south west coast of India. Regarded as the industrial capital of Kerala, Cochin is the commercial hub of this thriving state. Traveling to Cochin is a great experience and there are many tourist attractions that can be visited.

Cochin is popularly referred to as the Gateway of South India. It is an important trade center and many countries prefer this place to export and import their materials. In fact, Cochin has been an important link to the rest of the world since ancient times. Cochin has been ruled over by many empires over centuries. Thus, one can find a cultural amalgamation in this place. Despite being ruled by so many different domains, Cochin still maintains its cultural identity and is fiercely proud of it. The Dutch, British and also the Portuguese have ruled Cochin for many years. This resulted in a unique mix and match of traditional as well Western architecture and lifestyle.

Cochin is a growing centre of information technology, tourism and international trade, Cochin is the commercial hub of Kerala, and one of the fastest growing second-tier metros in India. Like other large cities in the developing world, Cochin continues to struggle with urbanisation problems such as traffic congestion and environmental degradation. Successive waves of migration over the course of several millennia have made Cochin a cultural melting pot. Despite the risk of overdevelopment, the city retains its distinct colonial heritage and a blend of tradition and modernity.

The Infrastructure development of Cochin is happening at an unbelievable pace and within a few years it will be one of the most important cities of India.Various new Infrastructure projects like Smart City, Infra Park, Vallarpadom Terminal, various Bio Tech Parks etc are on the development stages, and after completion these will add new feathers to the already feather studded cap of Cochin.

How to Reach

By Air

The Cochin International Airport in Kerala ensures that tourists coming from outside India have no problems in accessing God's own country. The airport has flights operating on a daily basis all over India and to many nearby countries.

By Rail

Cochin has 3 main railway junctions namely Ernakulam Junction, Ernakulam Town and Cochin Harbor Terminus. You can find trains to any destination within Kerala or India from these three stations.

By Roads

Cochin has a wide network of roads that connect all major as well as remote places to Cochin. Cochin has a good network of national highways also, which connects the place with major metros in India.

Key places to visit
Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), St. Francis Church, Cherai Beach, Hill Palace Museum


Places to Visit

Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace)

Built by the Portuguese in 1557, the Palace was presented to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi (Cochin). The palace was renovated in 1663 by the Dutch. On display here are beautiful Murals depicting scenes from the epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata and some of the puranic Hindu legends. The palace also houses Dutch maps of old Kochi, royal palanquins, coronation robes of former Maharajas of Kochi as well as the furniture belonging to that period.

St. Francis Church

Built in 1503 by Portuguese Francisan Friars, this Church is known to be the oldest European church in India. It was restored in 1779 by the protestant Dutch, converted to an Anglican Church by the British in 1795. It is presently under the church of South India. Vasco da Gama's remains were buried here in 1524 and later moved to Lisbon, Portugal but his tombstone is still here.

Cherai Beach

This lovely beach bordering Vypeen Island is ideal for swimming. Dolphins are occasionally seen here. There are a couple of simple cafes and guesthouses too. A typical Kerala village with paddy fields and coconut groves nearby is an added attraction of this beach.

Hill Palace Museum, Thripunithra

Ten kms away from Kochi, Hill Palace, is the official residence of the Kochi royal family. It was built in 1865 AD. The palace complex consists of 49 buildings built in the traditional architectural style of Kerala. Surrounded by 52 acres of terraced land, the Palace also encompasses a Deer Park and horse riding facilities. A full-fledged ethno-archaeological museum and Kerala's first heritage museum are the main attractions. Displayed inside the thirteen galleries are oil paintings, 19th century paintings, Murals, sculpture in stone and plaster of paris, manuscripts, inscriptions and coins belonging to the Kochi royal family.

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