Cochin now known as Kochi is one of the most visited Kerala Backwater
destinations. Kochi port is famous for its spices, exported to the
west from ancient times to the present day. The Jewish Synagogue,
Fort Kochi, The Matancherry Palace built by the Dutch and St Francis
Church are popular tourist attractions in Kochi, visited by tourists
on Kerala Backwater tours.
Kochi also called the "Queen of the Arabian Sea," receives
many visitors round the year who travel to Kerala to see its tourist
attractions and because Kochi is Kerala's industrial and commercial
capital. Many backwater cruises begin or end in Kochi. You're sure
to find a Kerala backwater tour that will enchant and refresh you
when you stay in Kochi. Enjoy the Kerala backwater tourist attractions
of Kochi while staying at hotels in Kochi.
Kochi is a historic town where many colonial rulers of the past
have left their mark. The Portuguese, Dutch and English all have
made their presence felt in Kochi. Some of the tourist attractions
that you will see on Kerala tours of Cochin, with Kerala Backwater
Chinese Fishing Nets in Kochi Harbor
The fishing nets in Kochi harbor are a beautiful sight. Suspended
from a wooden framework these cobweb-like structures form a delicate
silhouette as the sunset paints the twilight sky in shades of ochre
St Francis Church
This Portuguese church is the first European church to be built
in India. Vasco do Gama, the Portuguese explorer was laid to rest
at St Francis Church, Kochi, in Kerala, India in 1524. Later his
body was moved to Portugal. His sepulcher can be seen in the historic
St Francis Church at Kochi, on Kerala tours.
Also called the Dutch Palace, this structure was built by the Portuguese
and given to the Raja of Kochi in 1555 AD. It was renamed the Dutch
Palace in 1663. The central hall is an impressive auditorium where
the coronation ceremonies of the Rajas of Kochi were held.
Located in Mattancheri near Kochi, this historic synagogue was built
by a thriving Jewish community in 1568 A.D. Now the community has
dwindled in numbers, however the synagogue is beautifully preserved.
You can see the religious scrolls and the beautiful hand-painted
tiles from China, which decorate the synagogue.
Situated on an island off the coast of Kochi, and accessible by
boat, the palace was built by the Dutch in 1744. Previously used
as the residence of the Governor by the Dutch and the British, the
palace is now a heritage hotel in Kochi and is famous for its canopied
General Information & Accomdation info on Kochi city of Kerala - India