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This palm-green commercial town of Kerala is one of the finest natural harbours in the world from where ships set sail for foreign ports with different products of Kerala, like seafood, pepper, rubber and coir. Across the bridge into the old city, there are bastions and streets built by the Portuguese over 500 years ago. It was here in St. Francis Church that the body of Vasco da Gama was originally buried. The enormous fishing nets on the sea front of Cochin provide a charming view.

CRANGANORE The ancient Alexandrian port of Muziris, now Cranganore, is where the Romans built a temple to Augustus in the 1st century. Cruise along backwaters from Cochin for a pleasant hours, passing through green and rural Kerala. The places you will see here are - the ancient Thiruvanchikulam and Bhagwati temples, Portuguese Fort and tiled mosque believed to be the first in India and shaped like a Hindu temple. And also the doomed white, modern Syrian Catholic Church surmounted by a double armed patriarchal cross.

Cochin- District Ernakulam
 
Area
83.52 Sq. km.
Altitude
Sea level.
Temperature
Summer   Max. 35 Deg.C.   Min. 22 Deg.C. 
Winter     Max. 32 Deg.C.   Min. 20 Deg.C.
Rainfall
254 Cms. (June-Oct.)
Season
October - March. 
Area code
0484 
State
Kerala
GETTING  THERE
 
By Air
Indian Airlines connects Cochin with regular flights from Bangalore, Bombay, Delhi, Goa, Thiruvananthapuram, Madras. Jet Airways also connect Cochin and Bombay.
By Road
Bus services of KSRTC and other companies link the city to all major centres in the region. The Central Bus Station is located close to Ernakulam Junction. KSRTC Enquiry Tel: 372033. 
By Rail
Cochin is connected  to all parts of the country. Cochin has two stations, Ernakulam Junction and Ernakulam Town. The former is the main terminal, while certain Trivandrum trains halt at the latter. Enquiries: Town Tel: 353620, Junction Tel: 132, 131, 133, Terminus Tel: 6050.
Local Transport
Taxis are available from the agencies and hotels easily. KTDC operates sightseeing tours in the city including boat and coach tours. Autorickshaws and private buses are also available. Details about the coach tour can be had from KTDC Tel: 353234, 362799.
ACCOMMODATION
Bolghatty Palace Hotel (KTDC), 
Hotel Malabar, Willingdon Island,  
Hotel Casino, Willingdon Island,  
Quality Inn Presidency, Ernakulam  
The Avenue Regent, 39/1796ABC, M.G. Road.  
Taj Residency, Marine Drive, Ernakulam.  
SHOPPING
The Kerala State Handicrafts Development Corporation's showroom Kairali and State Handicrafts Society's emporium Saurabhi, are situated at Palimukku, M.G. Road. Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan, a showroom of khadi village industries, is also situated here. 
Bombay Handloom House showroom is located at the north end of' M.G. Road. Showrooms of' the various states are located Opposite Maharaja's College Ground, M.G. Road.
Coach Tours
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ,a two-day trip, every Saturday. The tour starts at 7.30 am and returns at 8 pm on Sunday. Price : Rs. 250. Accommodation will be provided at KTDC hotels on request. Boat rides also available. 

Boat Cruise cum Sightseeing Tour (Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St.Francis Church, Chinese Fishing Nets and Bolghatty Island) Timings 0900 hrs to 1230 hrs and 1400 hrs to 1730 hrs. Fare Rs. 50/-. 

Sunset Tour (Boat cruise) Timings 1730 hrs to 1900 hrs daily Fare Rs. 30/-. 
Athirapally-Vazhachal Tours: This is a day's tour on Sunday. It starts at 8am and returns at 6 pm. It covers the Athirampally and Vazhachal waterfalls. The fare is Rs. 100 per head. 

The District Tourism Promotion Council, Ernakulam, arranges a day's trip on Sunday to Bhoothathankettu. The fare includes food. The office of the Council is situated at the Old Collectorate Building. 

The Department of Tourism conducts backwater cruises in their luxury boats Mainakom and Sagara Rani. The reservation authority is the Deputy Director, Tourism, Govt. Guest House Tel: 360502, 360257. 

Mermaid Boat Club, Vytilla hires boats for a cruise through the backwaters and provides watersports facilities. Reservations at Silver Sand Island, Satgamaya, M.G. Road.

Post and Telegraph
Central Telegraph Office, Jose Junction, M.G. Road Tel: 355601. 
General Head Post Office, Hospital Road, Tel: 355467. 
SIGHTSEEING
 
The Jewish Synangogue
Constructed in 1568, this is the oldest synagogue in the British Commonwealth. The original building was destroyed by shelling during the Portuguese raid in 1662 and was rebuilt two years later when the Dutch took over Cochin. It's an interesting little place with hand-painted, willow-patterned floor tiles brought from Canton in China in the mid-18th century by one Ezekial Rahabi. He was also responsible for the Clock tower which tops the building.  

The original synagogue built at Kochangadi in 1344 has since disappeared, although a stone slab from this building, inscribed in Hebrew, can be found on the inner surface of the wall which surrounds the Matencherry synagogue. Timings : 1000-1200 hrs, 1500-1700 hrs. Closed on Saturdays and Jewish holidays.

The Jewish Synanagogue-Jewtown
The first Jewish settlement was at Cranganore (Kodungullur), north of Cochin. Like the Syrian Orthodox Christians, the Jews became involved in the trade and commerce of the Malabar coast. The area around the synagogue is known as Jewtown and is one of the centers of the Cochin Spice trade.  Many jewish names are visible on the business premises and houses, but the community has diminished rapidly since 1947 and the creation of Israel. 
Bolgatty Island
This is a beautiful island lying close to Ernakulam. The Bolgatty Palace was built by the Dutch in 1774 and was former residence of the British Resident of Kochi. Today it is hotel run by Kerala Tourism Development Corporation with small golf course and special honeymoon cottages. The island is connected by frequent ferry service with mainland Ernakulam. Boats to the island start from the High Court jetty; country boats (Machuvas) can also be hired near the jetty and charge Rs. 5.
EXCURSIONS
 
Ambalamugal
A fresh water lake, it has become an abode of migrant birds. There is a Guest House.
Chinese Fishing Nets
At the entrance of Kochi Harbour, these nets were erected between 1350 and 1450 AD by traders from court of Kulbai Khan and  were built of teak wood and bamboo poles. They can be seen all along the backwaters of Kerala.
Cherai Beach
On Vypeen island, 18 km from Vypeen, it is a very beautiful and calm beach. Dolphins are ocassionally seen here.
Chottanikara Bhavathy Temple
It is an important pilgrim centre. The Navarathri festival is celebrated here during October and many prominent classical performances held.
Dutch Cemetry
It is at a short distance from St. Francis Church near the entrance to the beach. The cemetry was consecrated in 1724 and is today managed by Church of South India.
Dutch Palace
Built by the Portuguese and presented to the Raja of Cochin in 1555, it was renovated by the Dutch during their short lived regime here.
Fort Cochin
It is 12 km from Ernakulam and there are frequent buses and ferry services from here.
Gundu Island
The smallest island around Kochi, Gundu Island has a coir factory where coir is made into rope manually and carpets are manufactured by looms operated by hand. This island can be reached from Vypeen only by boat.
Hill Palace Museum
On the Ernakulam-Chot-tanikkara route, the largest archaeological museum of Kerala. Sculpture, rare coins, old weapons, manuscripts, and memorabilia from the Kochi royal family are exhibited here. There are frequent private buses from Ernakulam. Timings:0900 hrs to 1700 hrs. Closed on Monday.
Kaladi
The birth place of Shankaracharya, the great 8th century philosopher, is situated on the banks of river Periyar and there are two shrines dedicated to his memory. The nearest airport is Kochi, 48 km from Kalady, and the nearest railway stations are Angamaly (10km) and Always (23 km). 
KanjiramattomMosque
It is believed that the mosque was erected over the mortal remains of Sheikh Parid. It was here that the great Muslim saint, Bavar is supposed to have prayed and attained eternal bliss. The Kodikuthtt festival which falls in December-January attracts thousands of devotees. The mosque is situated at Kanjiramattom, 30 km from Cochin.
Koonan Kurishu Shrine
This small chapel in which the Koonal Cross stands is situated in the heart of the busy commercial centre of Mattancherry.
Museum Of Kerala History
Located at Edappally, 10 km from Ernakulam city, it is the only one of its kind in Kerala. The history of Kerala is exhibited and narrated with the help of light and sound There are frequent private buses passing through Edappally (Pathadipalam bus stop) where the museum is located. Timings : 1000 hrs to 1700 hrs. Closed on Monday. Entry Fee Rs. 5/-.    .
Pallipuram Fort 
Built by the Portuguese in 1503, it is one of the oldest existing European monuments in India. The Dutch captured the fort in 1661 and sold it to the state of Travancore in 1789. From Vypeen there are frequent buses to Pallipuram; Vypeen is connected by ferry with Fort Kochi and Ernakulam.
Santa Cruz Basilica
This Roman Catholic church was built by Portuguese and elevated to Cathderal by Pope Paul IV in 1558. Bishop Dom Gomez Ferreira commissioned a new building  at same site in 1887. The curch was proclaimed a Basilica in 1984 by Pope John Paul II. 
Shiva Temple
It is situated in the centre of the Ernakulam city, close to the Kochi Cultural Centre, very near the Durbar Hall Ground. The annual festival in the temple is conducted for eight days during the month of January. A cultural festival is also held with a variety of music, concerts, Kathakali etc. as part of the celebrations.
St. Francis Church
The oldest church constructed by the Europeans in India, this Protestant church was originally built by the Portuguese in 1503. Vasco da Gama, who died in 1524, was buried here.
Willingdon Island
This is a man made island created from the materials dredged up while deepening Kochi Port. There are frequent ferry and bus services from Ernakulam. The harbour, airport and railway terminus are located on this island.
TOURIST  INFORMATION  CENTRES
Govt. of India Tourist Office, Willingdon Island,  
Tel: 668352.  
Kerala Tourism Development Corporation, Tel: 353234, 362799.  
Information Counter, Old Collectorate Building; and at Hotel Woodlands. 

 

 

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