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Cochin is a fascinating city in Kerala, where you can see natural and cultural attractions, these places are mentioned below.

Backwaters

Cochin is a group of islands located in the banks of the Vembanad Lake, and the area is known like the Queen of the Arabian Sea, the lake is a gateway to beautiful backwaters of Kuttanad, and inside of the lake is located some picturesque islands as Bolghsatty, Vypeen, Gundu and Vallarpadam. Backwaters is the finest natural harbor uniquely in the world, for this reason many people come there making that the land of Cochin is a fascinating centre of diverse cultures and influences, in the backwaters is located Kumarakom that is the centre for houseboat cruise, and a renowned place where you can see migratory birds that come of all world, the place is called the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.

Mattancherry Palace

Or know like Dutch Palace, inside of the building display beautiful murals depicting scenes from the epics of Ramayana, Mahabharata and some pictures of the Puranic Hindu Legends. The Palace was built in 1557 by the Portuguese who presented to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Cochin. In 1663, the Dutch renovated the palace. You can visit the Palace from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm all days except Fridays.

Gundu Island

In the island exists a beautiful building that dates from the 16th century, the place is called Pallipuram Fort.

Bolghatty Palace

This beautiful palace was built in 1744 by the Dutch, is located in the scenic island of Bolghatty. Now is a Kerala Tourism Development Corporation Hotel, but before was the residence of the British resident in Cochin.

St. Francis Church

This Church is the oldest European church in India, was built in 1503 by Portuguese Francisan Friars; in 1524, the remains of Vasco da Gama were buried there and later moved to Lisbon, Portugal; now still you can see his the tombstone inside the church. Later, the Church was restored in 1779 by the protestant Dutch, the British converted the church to an Anglican Church in 1795, and today it is used by the church of South India.

Santa Cruz Basilica

It is a wonderful building, the construction dates from 1558, and in its ceiling you can see beautiful paintings.

Hill Palace Museum from Thripunithra

The Hill Palace complex has an area of 211 square meters, and 49 buildings that have the Traditional Architectural Style of Kerala, the palace has a terraced land with a Deer park and facilities for horse riding. The museum is the first in Kerala and is the main attraction, is a full ethnological and archaeological museum where you can find thirteen galleries such as oil paintings, 19th century paintings, murals, sculptures in stone and plaster of Paris, manuscripts, inscriptions and coins, these things are property of the Cochin Royal Family. The Hill Palace is located 10 km away from Cochin, and was built in 1865, now is the residence of the Cochin Royal Family; you can visit this place any day in the week except the Monday, and is opened from 9:00 to 12:30 in the mornings and from 2:00 to 4:30 in the afternoons.

Pareekshith Thampuran Museum

The museum has very good 19th century paintings, a collection of old coins, sculptures and Mughal paintings, is a sprawling building with fine Traditional Kerala style, the museum formerly was called the Durbar Hall. In Mondays you couldn’t visit the museum, but other days is opened in two timetables, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm and from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

Cherai Beach

Located in Vypeen Island, is a beautiful beach for swimming, and if you will lucky you can see dolphins there; in added attraction to the beach, near the beach is the located a pretty typical village with coconuts groves and paddy fields.

Other attraction from Cochin are the Chinese Fishing Nets, you can see lots of them in the banks of the backwater, these huge cantilevered fishing nets were brought here by traders from the court of Kublai Khan; the beautiful backwaters, hotels, trading centers, trust port and the headquarter of the Southern Naval Command in Willingdon Island; the magnificent Lighthouse at Ochanthuruth located in the Vypeen Island; and the Jewish Synagogue built in 1568.


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