Kochi must see & do
1View the Chinese Fishing Nets on Kochi’s seaboard that were first established in the 14th century.
2Visit the Santa Cruz Basilica at Fort Kochi which was built by the Portuguese in the 15th century.
3Be amazed by the intricately patterned Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers inside the Jewish Synagogue.
4Explore the Dutch Palace which was built by the Portuguese in the 17th century.
5Learn about the history and folklore of Kerala at the Kerala Museum. The artefacts and paintings illustrate the rich history of the area.
Kochi is located in southern India in the state of Kerala. Often called the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”, Kochi has one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world. As the centre of the world’s spice trade for centuries, Kochi is an eclectic mix of historic British, Chinese, Portuguese and Arabian influences and is a tourist highlight because of the variety of influences you can see.
Kochi is well known for the Chinese Fishing Nets on the seaboard. Amazingly, these nets are still in use after first being established in the 14th century. In the late afternoon, you can barter with the local fishermen for fresh seafood and then have it cooked at a nearby shack. Bring a bottle of wine so you can sit on the beach and enjoy the view and fresh seafood.
In 1505, the Portuguese built the Santa Cruz Basilica in Fort Kochi. Decorated with the wonderful tile work often seen in Portuguese architecture, it’s a perfect example of the intricate artistry of the Portuguese in the middle of India.
If ancient centres of worship are your thing, the Jewish Synagogue in Mattancherry was built in 1568. Decorated with intricately patterned Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers, it’s hard to believe you’re in India. After visiting the Jewish Synagogue, explore the narrow side streets and lanes in Jew Town.
With the spartan, undecorated look of many ancient Dutch properties, the Dutch (Mattancherry) Palace was first built by the Portuguese, but in the 17th century the Dutch modified the building and presented the Palace to the Raja of Kochi. The Palace is now best known for its fine series of murals.
Learn about the culture and history of Kerala at the privately owned Kerala Folklore Museum. The 3 storey building is full of artefacts and paintings that illustrate the rich heritage of the area. Examples of the local dance styles are performed each evening.
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