|Cochin set on a cluster of islands
and narrow peninsulas, the port city reflects the eclecticism
of Kerala perfectly. With a rich past and a bustling present,
it has been the business hub of the region from the very early
Cochin consists of mainland Ernakulam, the islands of Willington,
Bolgatty and Gundu in the harbour, Fort Cochin and Mattancherry
on the southern peninsula, and Vypeen Island north of Fort
Cochin, all linked by ferry.
Bolghatty Palace - Once a mansion of the British Resident
and now a hotel, is in palm fringed Bolghatty Island.
Mattancherry Palace - The palace (Dutch Palace) was built
by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to the Cochin Raja,
Veera Kerala Varma. The most important feature of Mattanchery
Palace is the murals in the bedchambers and other rooms, which
depict scenes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata and Puranic legends
connected with Shiva, Vishnu, Krishna, Kumara and Durga.
St. Francis Church - Built in 1503 by Portugese Franciscan
friars, this is India's oldest European-built church. The
original structure was wood, but was rebuilt in stone in mid-16th
Access by Air :
Cochin has an international airport with regular flights from
Mumbai, Delhi, Goa, Chennai, Trivandrum, Hyderabad and Bangalore.
Access by Rail :
Cochin is well connected through railways to all the major
cities. The main railway station in the city of Cochin is
the Ernakulam Town Railway Station.
Access by Road :
Cochin, also known as Kochi, can be easily reached through
roadways. The network of National and State Highways connect
it to main cities.
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