Cochin, also known as Kochi, is one of the most visited tourist destinations in India. This wonderful city is often fondly referred to as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea.’ This city has a history of trade relations with many nations across various continents and oceans from as early as 12th century. The trade was mostly spices. It is one of those rare places on earth where you can find history, heritage, and scenic beauty co-existing beautifully with modern, urban lifestyle. The name of the city is derived from the Malayalam term ‘Kochazhi’ which means ‘small lagoon.’

Kochi has a charisma of its own which makes many tourists reschedule their itineraries and stay longer- be it the scenic locales, the pleasant people, the good food or the rich historical and cultural heritage. There are countless places here which attract tourists. I am giving you information on some of the attractions in this article.

Fort Kochi Beach and the Chinese Fishing Nets (Cheenavala): Walking through Fort Kochi beach during evenings seeing the famous Chinese fishing nets (Kochi is the only place which uses such nets outside China) can be one of the most beautiful memories of your life. There are also many historically important places such as the Santa Cruz basilica to visit nearby.

Marine Drive, Wellington Island and Bolgatty Palace: Marine Drive, situated on the banks of Vembanad Lake, is the city’s most popular hangout- both for the tourists and the locals. It is also a huge shopping and food centre with various shopping malls and restaurants around. Wellington Island is a manmade island named after Lord Wellington, the British Viceroy of pre-independent India. It has many hotels, shopping centers, a harbor etc. Bolgatty Palace is situated in an island which overlooks Marine Drive, Cochin Shipyard etc. Built originally by the Dutch, this place now has a heritage hotel and a well-maintained garden.

Mattancherry: Mattancherry, which lies very near to Fort Kochi, gives you a feeling of visiting an old-European town. The narrow pathways, the Jewish synagogue (built in 1568- decorated with Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers), old houses, Dutch palace, all have many stories to tell you.

The Backwaters: There are many small islands in the backwaters near Kochi. A house-boat ride through the scenic backwaters enjoying the light breeze will relieve you from any sort of tensions.

Some of the best places for accommodation in Kochi are The Taj Hotel, Le meridian, Crown Plaza, The Mermaid, BTH Sarovaram, and Abad Hotel. You can pick out the right one according to your budget and the level of luxury and comfort you are looking for. Go on, have a wonderful time at Kochi.

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