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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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