Places to visit

There are so many places to visit in Kochi details are given below:

Fort Kochi

Kochi was an abscure fishing village that became the first European township in India.  The culture of this town was deeply influenced by the Portugeuse, the Dutch, and later the British.  The result of these cultural influence are seen in the many examples of Indo European architecture that still exist here.  The Chinese Fishing net, seen here, are the legacy of one of the first visitors to the Malabar coast.  The best place to watch the nets is from the Vasco da gama square.

St. Francis Church.

Built in 1503 by the Portuguese  Francican  Friars, this is India's oldest European church.  Vasco Da Gama buried here in 1524, till his remains were moved to Lisbon, Portugal.  The tombstone is still here.  On the right is a glimpse of the interior of the church.

Parade Ground

The four acre Parade Ground was where once the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British colonists conducted their military parades and drills.  Brunton Boatyard (now a hotel) and the Dutch Trading House etc, are also noteworthy locations.

Dutch Cemetery

The tomb stones here are the most authentic record of the hundreds of European who left their homeland on a mission to expand their colonial empires in India.  The cemetery was consecrated in 1724 and is today managed by the Church of South India.

Mattancherry Palace

Built by the Portugese in 1557 and presented to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi.  The Palace was renovated in 1663 by the Dutch.  There are beautiful murals depicting scenes from the epic Ramayana and Mahabharata and some of the puranic Hindu legends.  The Palace also holds Dutch maps of old Kochi, royal palanquins, coronation robes of the former maharajas of Kochi and period furniture.  There is an ancient goddess temple- Pazhannur Bhagavathi Temple- inside the palace.  Entrance to the palace on the eastern and western sides have arches with the inscription ' Pazhayannur Bhagavathi Temple".

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