Must see points of attractions in Kochi A place with misty mountains and gloomy clouds of Kochi brings joy and pleasure to the tourists eyes. The ladybugs flying in the gardens with busy bees buzzing around the flowers and collecting nectars, we can the heaven on earth. It is a city that includes diversified monuments and tourist attractions with numerous sightseeings. Wherever we walk, we could find a hidden garden or hear the chatters of the brimming river.
For the antique lovers, Jew town is the most desired spot where we can find the longest boat used in the vallamkali race, a bronze Nataraja statue, pocket watches, compasses, spy glasses and pirate hats. On the road we can see so many spice markets to our left and right leaving our nostrils filled with the aromas. The narrow roads of the town lets us to grab awesome souvenirs and artifacts leaving us thrilled with surprises. We can reach Jew Town from Ernakulam railway station or through the Jew Town Road. We could find colored lamps, old gramophones, kathakali masks and woodworks.
Hill palace is an archeological museum built in 1865 by the Maharaja of Cochin that has now earned its name as the largest museum in Kerala. It consists of 14 categories of displays including the paintings, frescoes, stone and marble sculptures, weapons, inscriptions,coins,manuscripts and armouries. It also serves as a perfect spot for outdoor photography with the plush green lawns and fountains.
Located in Kochi, it is constructed in Malabar, Kochi and Travancore style of architecture. A magnificent stone Lamp called Kalvilakku greets us at the entrance. The rustic structure of wood has been constructed by 62 talented workers with 7 years of labor. It exhibits various costumes of traditional dances of Kerala like Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Theyyam,etc... The other level provides us elegant murals and paintings with wooden carved roofs. Including the collection it also houses a variety of old musical instruments, tanjore painting, acrylic paintings and watercolor paintings. They perform various traditional dances and arts of kerala.
Mattancherry palace is a blend of Kerala and Dutch architecture built in 1545 C.E. by the portuguese and presented as the gift to the King of Kochi. It is famous for its vast halls and courtyards. It has numerous paintings and murals of two great epics alikes Ramayana and Mahabharata along with works of Kalidasa and lord Krishna.
Vasco Da Gama Square
Fort Kochi can be visited for various reasons and two of the major ones are the Chinese fishing nets and the St.Francis Church. The Chinese Fishing Nets or Cheenavala were introduced to the Kochi locals by a Chinese explorer called Zheng He that attracts numerous tourists across India to admire the gigantic nets with bamboo and teak poles and experience the process of it on the sea. It is a spectacular scene to captivate the people at dawn and dusk. The St.Francis church is one more attraction that owns the peculiarity as becoming the first ever Church to be built in India and the portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama was buried here for almost 14 years before his remains were moved back to Lisbon. However, we can witness his gravestone still in the vicinity of the Church.
Located in Jew Town, the word “paradesi” in many Indian languages refers to the “foreigners”. This Synagogue is the only oldest active synagogue of all seven synagogues built in Kochi. It was constructed by the Spanish-jews which is also referred as Cochin Jewish Synagogue or Mattancherry Synagogue. It holds hidden treasures like Belgian glass chandeliers, gold crowns, 10th century copper plates, Chinese hand painted porcelain tiles and a hand knotted rug from the last Ethiopian Emperor.
Kochi is worth the place in our bucket list without a doubt. It offers anything you ask for starting from a fascinating history with the portuguese to the trendy Lulu Mall,the largest shopping Mall in India. There are numerous places to explore in Kochi which cannot be constrained in words but can be experienced by picking the Kochi Tour Packages.