Cochin is now known by the name of Kochi which is a beautiful city in Kerala. This city is actually one amongst the standard seaports of India and is also situated in Ernakulam district which is located over 220 km north of Thiruvananthapuram. The approximate population of this city is 600,000. The urban population of Cochin is over 1.5 million, thus making it the biggest urban aggregation. Moreover, it is also the 2nd largest city in entire Kerala. It offers mind taking traveling experience and tourist attractions. In real manner it is the Queen of Arabian Sea. Cochin has been ruled by the British, the Portuguese and the Dutch for several years.
Fort Kochi beach - You will have memorable experience by strolling by the side of this beach having sailing ships in the background and Chinese fishing nets in the sunset. You will see various bungalows in European style from the shore line of this beach. The stalls at the coastal stretch provide mouth watering traditional cuisines containing fish as the main ingredient in most of the dishes.
Vasco House - The Vasco house is situated on the Rose Street in Kochi and is believed as the oldest Portuguese house in India. It is believed that Vasco da Gama used to live here. It has European style verandahs and European glass paned windows.
St. Francis Church - This is also an old church which was built by Europeans. When Vasco Da Gama reached Kochi for the 3rd time, he died there and was buried in the St. Francis Church.
Jewish Synagogue and Jew Town, Mattancherry - This synagogue was built in the year 1568 and is highly and resplendently decorated with Belgian chandeliers and Chinese tiles. You will find big bang scrolls of the Old Testament. It is situated close to the Dutch Palace in Mattancherry, Cochin.
Santa Cruz Basilica - The real church was built in the year 1505 in Fort Kochi by the Portuguese and was given the name of cathedral in the year 1558. This was later in 1795 destroyed by the British colonists. Thus, the present structure of the Santa Cruz was constructed in the year 1905 and further incremented to the level of basilica by none other than Pope John Paul II in the year 1984.
Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary - It is a protected and preserved bird sanctuary situated in the heart of the Eranakulam city and abuts the sea and backwaters. It is a pure collection of migratory and resident birds. If you are going to Kochi, you must visit this sanctuary.
By Air: The Cochin Airport is directly linked to other major Indian airports. You will get regular flights to other cities of India like Bangalore, Goa, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi.
By Train: Railway facilities are also available and are linked to all the other cities of India. There are 3 major railway stations that are Harbor Terminus on Willingdon Island, Ernakulam Town and Ernakulam Junction.
By Road: Kochi is associated with many tourist destinations of India through Highways. This city is 312 Km away from Ooty, 470 Km from Mysore, 848 Km from Goa, and 565 Km from Bangalore.