Land of churches, Cochin is the commercial city of Kerala and is one of the
finest natural harbors in the world. There are bastions and streets built by
the Portuguese over 500 years ago. The enormous fishing nets on the sea
front of Cochin provide an ultimate view. Few major attractions of Cochin
This Dutch palace is situated on the Bolghatty island. At present it is
being used as hotel. The island has a fine golf course and the panoramic
view makes it an attractive picnic spot.
The Chinese fishing nets found here are the only ones of its kind in India.
It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan
introduced these nets here.
A stroll along the beach, particularly at sunset with the Chinese fishing
nets and sailing ships in the background, is a fine experience. Many
European style bungalows can be seen along the shoreline.
It is the oldest church built by European in India. On his 3rd visit to
Kerala, Vasco da Gama, the Portugese trader who reached India from Europe by
sea, fell ill and died in Kochi. He was buried in the St. Francis Church.
Later his remains were taken back to Portugal. In spite of that the exact
place where he was buried has been marked out inside the church.