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About Kochi - Kerala Tourism

Kochi is one of the most popular travel destination in the state of Kerala. This island town is full of tourist attractions starting from beautiful churches, magnificent palaces, serene beaches, shopping markets and more. Fort Kochi gives an amazing experience to tourists with its distinctive European heritage that can be still seen in the streets and buildings of the town.

The best way to enjoy the places is to have a leisure walk through the streets of Fort Kochi enjoying its historical sites including spice markets, Chinese fishing nets, a synagogue, a Portuguese palace, India's first European church, and Dutch homes. Kochi is used as the starting point of the pleasant journey of travellers to Kerala.

Kochi is ranked among the top 10 best destinations in India by Outlook traveller magazine. The city is also one of the top cities with influx of international tourists. The best season to visit Kochi is from August to February, when the temperature is less hot and humid. The city has plethora of tourist attractions with some of the most beautiful churches in India like Santacruz Basilica and St. Francis Church.

Other important buildings in the city that are must visit for travellers include Dutch palace, Hill palace, David Hall, and Chendamangalam palace fort. One of the most unique tourist attraction in Kochi are the Chinese fishing nets that are being used since 14th century. The important beaches here are Cherai beach and Fort Kochi beach.

Kochi, formerly Cochin, is a major port that is a part of the Ernakulam district in Kerala. The city constitutes many islands starting from the mainland known as Ernakulam, Fort Kochi and Matancherry peninsula, and the suburbs of Edapally, Kalamassery, Kakkanad, Bolgatty, and Vypin islands. Most of these islands except Fort Kochi are smaller ones surrounded by Arabian Sea and backwaters. Kochi is one of the most important industrial cities on the Western coast and an important port. The city is also an important naval base.

Kochi History - Kochi Tourism

Kochi was established in 1341, when a flood created a natural safe port that swiftly replaced Muziris (Kodungallur, 50km north) as the chief harbour on the Malabar coastline. In the year 1405, the royal family transferred here from Muziris and slowly the town was inhabited by Christians, Arabs and Jewish settlers. The town of Kochi was attempted multiple times to be controlled by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British. From 1800s, the state of Cochin was part of the British Madras Presidency.

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