Cochin (Ernakulam, Kochi): Backwaters
popular as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Kochi is a cluster of islands on
the vast expanse of the Vembanad Lake.
Some of these picturesque islands are Bolgatty, Vypeen, Gundu and Vallarpadam.
The lake opens out into the Arabian Sea here to form one of the finest natural
harbours in the world.
It is this natural advantage that has made Lochi a fascinating blend of the
cultures and influences of explorers and traders who visited this wealthy
The Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and Gritish have all left their mark
The Jewish synagogue, the Dutch palace, the Chinese Fishing nets, and other
remnants of European and Asian architecture merge smoothly into the traditional
fabric of the seaport city.
Half the fun of visiting Kochi is moving around on the local several quaint
Boat cruises from Kochi harbor to Willingdon Island, Mattancherry Place, the
Jewish Synagogue, Fort Kochi and Bolgatty Island. ·
Sunset cruise. · 3 hour backwater village cruises which include visits
to coir villages and coconut plantations.
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