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A tourism Guide to Kochi

Kochi, formerly being known as Cochin and now it is a most famous city for trade in India located in its West coast of the Arabian Sea. Besides this, the Kochi city is a part of the famous Errna kulam district of Kerala. This city is also often called as ‘Ernakulam’, which means main land part. Moreover this city is one of the most densely populated cities in Kerala. Some millions of tourists visit this place every year to enjoy its scenic beauty. In fact it is the 6th best tourist place in India.

History of Kochi:
Since historical period the city of Kochi is popular worldwide as the center of spice trade for several centuries. After the sudden fall of the Chera Kingdom during the 12th century period the Kochi Kingdom came into existence. The rulers were popular in the name of Perumpadappu rulers. In the year 1947 when India became independent from the rulers of British, as per history Cochin became the 1st state to join the Union of India with full willingness.

Places to see in Kochi:
If you are planning to visit Kochi then here are some popular destinations which you could see in and around it.

Fort Kochi: This place truly looks amazing with picturesque beaches, Chinese fishing nets and buildings with captivating architecture. You have to definitely visit this place during evening times as it looks like heaven on Earth.

Dutch PalaceThis palace was formerly known as Mattenchery Palace. Besides, this palace belongs to 1555 A.D and was built by Portuguese. History says that, this palace was presented to the King, Veera Kerala Verma by Portuguese.  This Palace includes several Kerala temple portraits, murals and the belongings of Veera Kerala Verma.

Malayattoor:  This place is visited in huge number by tourists to see the Catholic Church which is located at a height of 609m in the Malayattoor hill. History says that Saint Thomas used to visit this church for prayers.

Cherai Beach:  This is one of the famous beaches in India. Do visit this place if you want to enjoy this sandy beach.

Willingdon Island:  This is a famous island in of Kochi and it was created in the year 1933 by Sir Robert Bristow. This place looks outstanding with tall buildings.

Tripunithura: here is located the Hill Palace which is now the official residence of the royal family from Kochi. This palace was built in the year 1865. Altogether there are almost 49 buildings in this palace located over an area of 52 acres.  This palace is on terraced land and also having facilities for horse riding and a park for the deer. Ethno-archaeological museum and the heritage museum of Kerala are the major attraction of this place.

Temples to visit in Kochi:

Shiva temple: This temple is dedicated to god Erayanar, who is also known as Lord Shiva. This place is also known as Hrishingakulam as it was Hrishinga who brought the Shiva Linga and kept on land while going for bath. He tried to remove to lift the Shiva Linga up; but it got firmly fixed to the land. Thus a temple was built for this Shiva Linga, which is the present Shiva temple. Another story tells that this Shiva Linga had emerged on its own. A number of devotees visit this temple every year especially on the day of Maha Shiva Ratri.

Vamanamoorthy temple:This temple is also known as Thikkakara temple as it is located in the Thrikkara village. This temple organizes a huge feast every year on Onam.

Chottanikkara temple: This temple is dedicated to the goddess ‘Bhagawati’. However, this temple also consists of the deity of Lord Vishnu. Besides this, the principal deity of this temple is goddess ‘Rajeshwari’. A number of pilgrims visit this temple every year.

Shopping In Kochi: Kochi is famous for oil paintings, god idols and silk fabric. Thus you could shop these items to present to your beloved ones or to keep them with yourself as a memory of Kerala.  As we all know that Spices of Kochi acts the major items for its popularity all across globe. So when you visit Kochi it is must for you to collect the awesome spices of Kochi way back home. The Fragrance and smell of these spices in your food will attract you to visit Kochi again.


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