Kochi (Cochin), Kerala
Kochi is also known as the Gateway to Kerala and is regarded as one of the most popular cities of the state. Surrounded by the Western Ghats in the East and the Arabian Sea in the west, Kochi is one of the top three tourist destination as per the World Travels and Tourism Council. Kochi tourism offers some beautiful tourist places like Kaladi, Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), Chendamangalam, Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple, Chottanikkara, Fort Kochi, Jewish Synagogue, Chinese Fishing Nets for enjoying wonderful and memorable moments in the city. Ernakulatthappan Temple, Poornathrayesa Temple, Vamanamoorthy Temple, Ettumanoor Shiva Temple, and Kaduthuruthy Shiva Temple are some of the temples where people visit in a large number on regular basis.
Kochi is connected through road by all the major cities. Here Kerala State Run Transport Corporation (KSRTC) offers bus service for various cities in India. Both Air-conditioned, as well as private Volvo buses are available. This is the most economical and enjoyable way to travel for most travellers. Kochi is well-connected to all the major railway stations in India. The two major railway stations in Kochi are Ernakulam Town Station and Ernakulam Junction Station. The Cochin International Airport is also well connected to major cities all across India and the world. The Kochi airport is located 29 kilometre away from the main city Centre. It is one of the busiest airports in India.
Kochi has a hot and humid climate all around the year. Summers are hot while the winters are really chilly and cold. The best time to visit Kochi is from October to March. From the month of March to June, the summers are pretty warm, dry and humid here while the maximum temperature recorded is around 37°C. Monsoon Season starts from the month of July and continues up to the month of September. Kochi appears even more beautiful as compared to the earlier times. Winter Season starts from the month of October and continues till February. The temperature remains between 17°C to 33°C and is regarded as an ideal time for honeymooning and enjoying water sports. Winter is definitely the best season to visit Kochi.
Tripunithura Hill Palace: Tripunithura Hill Palace is regarded as one of the largest archaeological museum in Kerala and was established in the year 1865. Tripunithura Hill Palace is built in the Kerala architectural style along with 49 other buildings and spreads over an area of about 54 acres. There is a heritage museum, a deer park, children’s park and a pre-historic park inside the premises of the of the hill palace. Tripunithura Hill Palace gives an insight into the historical and traditional values of the region.
Jewish Synagogue: This Synagogue is the oldest active synagogue in all of the erstwhile British Commonwealth. Constructed in 1568, it is called Pardesi Synagogue, the word Pardesi means "foreigners" and is used because this synagogue was historically used by "White Jews". It is also referred to as the Jew Temple or the Mattancherry Synagogue. The synagogue is located in fort Kochi area, adjacent to the Mattancherry Palace and has a common wall with the Mattancherry Palace temple. The complex has four buildings.
Fort Kochi: Fort Kochi is a small hamlet situated near Ernakulam. It is one of the most visited attractions in Ernakulam. There are striking beaches along this part of the shore line. Throughout the beaches, there are several Chinese fishing nets along with numerous sailing ships scattered. The effect generated by these is quite charming. Numerous European style bungalows can be witnessed along the coastline, as the first European settlement in India was situated here. This particular stretch of the coast also consists of several small stalls, which sell lip smacking traditional cuisines using the fresh fish. This beautiful place also offers the tourists a very tranquil ambience and flock of tourists comes down to this place to enjoy the natural beauty.
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