Jain Temple, Mattancherry
Sree Poornathrayesa Temple, Tripunithura
Santa Cruz Basilica
Welcome to Kochi(Cochin),
Kochi, formerly known as Cochin, is a major city and seaport of India, located in Ernakulam district in the state of Kerala. The city hosts the Indian Navy's Southern Command and the Indian Coast Guard. It also host industries like Cochin Shipyard, the Port of Kochi, FACT, academic centres like Cochin University and Cochin Special Economic Zone which comprises of gems, jewellery, electronics, hardware, software, food processing and textiles.
The tourism in Kochi is admired for its scenic beauty, traditional architecture and cultural diversity. Apart from these, Kochi has destinations that are visited by a lot of tourists coming from all over India as well as abroad. Located on the west cost of India in the beautiful state of Kerala, Kochi is popularly referred to as the "Queen of the Arabian Sea". Being the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala, Kochi is connected to all other places of India as well as abroad. Tourism in Kochi covers Pilgrimage Tourism, Nature Tourism, Leisure Tourism, shopping etc.
Aluva Shiva temple located at a distance of 22 kms from Kochi, is on the banks of the Periyar river. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva- facing the east. The specialty of this temple is that the Shiva Linga (the symbolic idol of Lord Shiva) is not enclosed in a shrine but is installed on the sand banks. It is believed that the Shivlinga has risen out from the sand on the bank of the river. During the monsoon season, the whole region gets flooded and the idol gets submerged in water. At that time, worship is done in a small shrine on the upper banks of the river.
The famous Aluva Shivaratri celebration is held in the temple premises. It is the main festival of the temple carried out every year in the Malayalam month of Karkidakam (February-March) on the new moon day. It is more a ritual than a festival, during which one pay homage to their forefathers (pithrutharpanam). On this occasion known as 'Karkidaka vavu bali', thousands of devotees come to Aluva Manalpuram (river bank) from different parts of the state. They stay awake the whole night in prayer. A dip in the river at the 'Brahmamuhurtha' (3 am) after observing the rituals of Shivarathri is considered very sacred. A month long trade fair is also conducted along with the festival.
Ameda Temple which is situated in Puthiyakavu is one of the few Nagaraja temples in Kerala. It is situated in Puthiyakavu. The deity here is Nagaraja and also many other gods like Nagayakshi, Shiva and Vigneshwara. The temple has Vembanad Lake near it.
Celebrated to commemorate the legendary victory of the Raja of Kochi, the festival of Attachamayam is held on the eighth day of the Malayalam month of Chingam, which usually falls in August or September at the historical town of Tripunithura, near Kochi. A grand procession is taken out on this occasion, which is full of pomp and show, colors abound the pageantry, replete with caparisoned elephants, varieties of folk art forms, floats and other musical ensemble.
Some believe that this spectacular procession is to mark the beginning of the Onam Festival, the festival of peace and equity. However, ther are others who believe that the Maharaja of Kochi took the Athachamayam march from Tripunithura, once capital of the Cochin estate to the Vamana temple of Thrikkakara as a military adventure or at least to show off his royal splendor and glory. With the end of the era of kings and monarchs, the tradition had died out, only to be revived again in the 1960's. Also known as Athagosham, this weeklong festival now attracts many tourists from India and abroad to Tripunithuta with its highlights being ancient and modern art forms such as folk dances, competitions and other entertainment programs.
Bastion Bungalow is an architectural splendor, which was built in 1667 in the Indo - European style. It was constructed on what has been considered the Dutch Stromberg Bastion. This building blends beautifully into the circular structure of the bastion. It has a tiled roof and a typical first floor verandah in wood along its front portion. Noticeable mainly because of its Dutch style architecture and built into the ramparts of a massive fortification wall, it immediately arouses the curiosity of the passer-by. A name plaque on one side of the wall announces that it is the Sub-Collector's residence. It had a brush with glamour when it was hired out to a Hollywood film unit, 'Cotton Mary', which is a Merchant-Ivory production.
Built by the Portuguese in A.D.1506 as residence of the Portuguese governor, Bishop house is the oldest Catholic Dioceses in India located near the Parade ground, Fort Kochi. A prominent heritage of Fort Kochi, it is characterised by large arches in Gothic Style and has circular garden path winding up to the main entrance. The building was acquired by Dome Jos Gomes Ferreira, the 27th Bishop of the Diocese of Cochin whose jurisdiction extended over Burma, Malaya and Ceylon in addition to India.
Inside the Bishop's house there is a parlour room with large walls. These walls are painted in bright colours-telling the arrival of Portuguese, the origin of Christianity in Kerala and the establishment of the Diocese. The Indo Portuguese Museum within the palace compound has some historically significant invaluable collections. There is also the dinning area, known as Dr. Mario Sorais Hall, senate hall, teak staircase, large attics, collection of Portuguese maps, small collection of antiques and the other historic materials preserved here.
This old Dutch palace is located on Bolgatty Island which is a brief boat ride away from the mainland. In fact, boat rides are available at regular intervals all day long. This building may have been a royal palace in the past, but in modern times it has been converted into a hotel quality hotel. This hotel is now run by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC).
There is a tiny golf course found at this location. There are also panoramic views of the port and the harbor from almost any vantage point on the island. The breathtaking views make the Bolgatty Palace a popular picnic spot.
Bolghatty Island (also known as: Mulavukad) is one of the islands that make up the city of Kochi, Kerala, India. The island is a popular tourist haunt, and houses the Bolghatty palace. "Ponjikkara" is the local name for southern part of the island, the centre has the name Ponnarimangalam, and when one says Mulavukad, it could be referring to the Northern segment of the island.
Chakkamkulangara Siva Temple is also popular amongst the pilgrims. This temple is situated at Thirupunithura. The famous `Shivaratri` festival is celebrated here for 7 days. At Nettur in Kochi there is a temple called Mahadeva Temple which is dedicated to the Lord `Sankara Narayana`. This deity is an interesting combination of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.
Cherai Beach is located in Vypin island, Kochi, India. This island is one of the several tiny islands that are located just off the shore of the mainland. Vypeen island is one of the few that can be reached by both land or by boat. Cherai Beach is just 25 km from Kochi. The 15 km of long golden beach is clean, shallow, and attracts swimming and sunbathing. It is one of the few places where one can experience the lagoon (poyil) and ocean separated only by a few hundred meters. One of the main events in Cherai Beach is the tourism fest during December.
Best season to visit is all throughout the year barring the rainy season (June - October). Tourists can find beach resorts and cottages close to the beach.
The Children's Park also known as Indira Priyadarshini Park is located in the heart of the city. The main attractions of the park are pedal boating pond, coaching classes for roller skating, musical fountain, mini toy train, small vehicles for hire etc. Children can enjoy a ride on the toy train running through the park. There is a play music fountain also where children can dance to the music played while the water splashes on them. Everything is painted in bright yellows and blue colour.
There is a recent addition, a renewable Energy park which explains various natural Energy sources and their working to the children. Programmes are conducted to promote children's talents like drawing, painting, music, dance etc in every holiday season. Kids of all ages can keep themselves entertained for hours. Behind the park starts the Marine Drive walkway.
The Chinese fishing nets (Cheena vala) are fixed land installations for an unusual form of fishing shore operated lift nets. They are mostly found in the Indian state of Kerala. Huge mechanical contrivances hold out horizontal nets of 20 m or more across. Each structure is at least 10 m high and comprises a cantilever with an outstretched net suspended over the sea and large stones suspended from ropes as counterweights at the other end. Each installation is operated by a team of up to six fishermen.
This is the only location in the entire world outside of China where such fishing nets can be seen in use. Tradition has it that traders from the court of the infamous Chinese ruler Kublai Khan brought these nets here centuries ago, and their popularity has been maintained. The Chinese fishing nets have become a very popular tourist attraction, their size and elegant construction is very photogenic and the slow rhythm of their operation is quite hypnotic.
Held annually in the last week of the year in Fort Kochi, this merry making feast is observed to welcome the New Year. Dating back to the times of Portuguese during the colonial days, it has evolved with time as a party time for the young hearts with its unique games, competitions and illumination. However, the highlight of the Carnival remains the huge procession on the New Year Day, complete with a caparisoned elephant leading it, drums and music, spectacular floats, myriad folk art forms, Panchavadyam and even North Indian dances.
Starting since Solidarity Day on December 22, it is a ten-day long festival and is usually ended by a flag-off in dignified silence to pay tribute to the brave martyrs who died while fighting for their motherland. It was revived in 1984, and has now gained immense popularity and all the activities organized during the Carnival are centred around its five main slogans, namely, Participation, Peace, Progress, Adventure and Environment. Besides the adventure sports like Beach Bike Race and Sea Swimming, there are Beach Football, Beach Volleyball, Shuttle Badminton and Ball Badminton Tournaments are organized during the course of the festival.
Formerly known as the English Club, the Cochin club stretches majestically between the Fort Cochin Commandant's house and the ancient Governor's residence. The club with its high roofs and arch styled windows is housed in a beautifully landscaped park and has an impressive library and a collection of sporting trophies. In the early19th century when the club was established by the British, admission was restricted to them and men only. Today its rules are more liberal and the membership of 250 includes women as well.
The synagogue of Cochin was built in 1568. But it was demolished by cannon fire during a Portuguese raid in 1662 and was reconstructed again two years later when the Dutch took over Cochin (Kochi). It is also known as 'Paradesi Synagogue' or 'Mattancherry Synagogue'. This synagogue of Cochin had little place with hand painted, willow pattern floor tiles. In the mid 18th century, Ezekial Rahabi brought them from Canton in China. He also built the clock tower of this building.
In 1344, a synagogue was built at Kochangadi of Cochin disappeared. But, a stone slab can be found on the inner surface of the wall surrounding the Mattancherry synagogue. It bears the inscriptions in Hebrew. The surrounding are of the synagogue is known as Jew town and is the only one of the seven synagogues in the area still in use. The complex has four buildings. It was built adjacent to the Mattancherry Palace temple on the land gifted to the Malabari Yehuden community by the Raja of Kochi, Rama Varma. The Mattancherry Palace temple and the Mattancherry synagogue share a common wall.
Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) is located at Kochi, Kerala. Cochin Shipyard was incorporated in 1972 as a Government of India company, with the first phase of facilities coming online in 1982. In the last three decades the company has emerged as a forerunner in the Indian shipbuilding industry. This yard has facilities to build vessels up to 1.1 Million tons and repair vessels up to 1.25 Million tons, the largest such facilities in India.
The shipyard also trains graduate engineers in Marine Engineering. Ship Building and Repairing are carried out in this Shipyard.
The Dutch Cemetery is a mute, yet sublimely eloquent, testimony to the period of once thriving European community at Fort Cochin. The cemetery which is mostly in ruins was consecrated in 1724. It is now managed by the Church of South India.
Edappally is a fast-growing suburb of Kochi/Cochin City in Kerala state, southern India. Edapally Palace also has the famous Edapally Ganapathy Temple. The town is famous for St. George's Church which is quite old and is a pilgrimage centre. Perandoor Temple, Thrickovil Sree Krishna Temple, Puthukkalavattam Mahadeva Temple, Punnakkal Bhagavathy Temple, Ponekkara Bhagavathy Temple are important places of worship. Elamakkara Lourdh Matha church is the other noticed worship place, which has a history over 100 years.
Changampuzha Smaraka Library and Edappally North Friends' Library are situated in Edappally. Edappally North Friends' Library celebrated Golden Jubilee in 2007 January. Education and Career Guidance Reference Library started as part of its golden jubilee celebration. The other important place of worship is the St. George Ferone Church of Edappally.
The fort Immanuel built in 1503 was symbolic of the strategic alliance between the Maharaja of Cochin and the Ruler of Portugal. By 1806, the Dutch, and later the British, had destroyed most of the fort walls and its bastions. The remains of this bastion of the Portuguese in Cochin can bee seen along the beach.
Fort Kochi is one of the three main urban components that constitute the city of Kochi in the Indian state of Kerala, the other two being Mattancherry and Ernakulam. In 1967, these three municipalities, along with a few adjoining areas, were amalgamated to form the Corporation of Cochin. One theory for the origin of the name is that it derives from kochazhi which, in Malayalam, denotes "small lagoon".
Main Tourist Attractions : Indo portuguese museum, Chinese Fishing Nets, St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica, Jewish Synagogue etc.
Fort Kochi is a small village located near the larger city of Kochi. There are picturesque beaches along this part of the coast line. Scattered throughout the beaches are many famous Chinese fishing nets as well as many sailing ships. The effect created by such fishing necessities is quaint and relaxing. Many European style bungalows can be seen along the shoreline, since this location was where the first European settlement in India was located. This particular stretch of the coast also contains numerous small stalls which sell delicious traditional cuisines using freshly caught fish right on demand.
Goshree bridges include bridges that link the scattered islands in the city of Kochi, India.These bridges are financed by selling reclaimed land in and around Kochi.Bridges were constructed by Goshree Island Development Authority.These bridges are the life line for people living in Vypin Island who were using boats for transportation.
Located close to Vypeen, Gundu is the smallest island around Cochin with an area of 5 acres completely surrounded by coconut trees. There is a coir factory run by a co-operative society, and the process of manufacturing coir from coconut fibre, can be observed here. The island can be reached from Vypeen Island only by boat.
Hill Palace is the largest archaeological museum in Kerala, near Tripunithura, Kochi. It was the administrative office of Kochi Rajas. Built in 1865, the Palace complex consists of 49 buildings in the traditional architectural style, spreading across in 54 acres (220,000 m2). The complex has an archaeological museum, a heritage museum, a deer park, a pre-historic park and a children's park. The land surrounding the Hill Palace has rare Medicinal Plants.
The museum displays 14 categories of exhibits including murals, paintings, sculptures in stone and plaster of paris, manuscripts, inscriptions, carvings etc. The collections displayed in the museum is mainly from the Cochin Royal Family. Some other exhibits are from Travancore Royal House, Paliam Devaswom and from the department of Archaeology. It has a gold crown embedded with precious stones and many valuable coins, ornaments, majestic beds and samples of epigraphy.
The boat races of Kerala are very famous. Many boat races are organized throughout the year in the state of Kerala. Kuttanad and the upper Kuttanad area are just one of the most famous boat racing spots. Since most of the natives of Kerala are agriculturists and fishermen by profession, boat races help to unwind them and show off their graceful and muscular physique as they work with each other as a team to win the race. Both the oarsmen and boats are selected carefully irrespective of their caste, creed or classes, merely, on the basis of their performances. Thus, a communal harmony is promoted through such events and a bond of union binds all the classes as one.
The rolling backwaters of Kochi are very invitiong and thus a grand gala is held here in the last week of December as a final touch to its spectacular Tourism Fair. Cheering crowds, zest and festivity abound when the sixteen majestic snake boats race neck to neck in gaiety, each vying for the coveted trophy of the race, which was instituted in memory of Indira Gandhi, the late Prime Minister of India.
The Indo-Portuguese Museum is a museum in Fort Kochi, Kerala, India. The museum was established by the efforts of the late Dr. Joseph Kureethra, Bishop of Kochi, in a bid to protect and showcase the rich cultural heritage and Portuguese influence. This museum now showcases the Portuguese influences on Fort Kochi and the surrounding areas, especially, the western parts of Kochi.
The museum has five main sections: Altar, Treasure, Procession, Civil Life and Cathedral. Among the pieces on display are a piece of the altar made in teak (16th century) from the Church of Our Lady of Hope, Vypeen, a chasuble (19th century) from Bishop's House, Fort Kochi, processional cross, which is a combination of silver and wood (17th century) from Santa Cruz Cathedral, Fort Kochi, Indo-Portuguese Monstrance (18-19th century), from The Church of Our Lady of Hope, Vypeen.
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has also contributed to the collection at the Indo-Portuguese Museum and has to its credit sculptures, precious metal objects and vestments, among others from the Cathedral of Santa Cruz and other churches of the Kochi diocese.
InfoPark, Kochi is an information technology park promoted by the Government of Kerala, located at Kochi, India. Established on November 1, 2003. Infopark is placed in a 100 acres (0.4 km2) campus which is 12 km from the International Airport and the city, the Park is a destination for the IT industry, especially for ITES units.
The major companies in the park include Wipro, TCS, IBS Software, UST Global, Arbitron, Outsource Partners International, Calpine Technologies, EcommIT Labs, Vanilla Networks Pvt Ltd, ART Technology and Software, Suyati Technologies and Affiliated Computer Services (ACS).
Mattancherry is the western part of city of Kochi, India. The Jain Temple located on the Gujarati Road at Mattancherry near Cochin at Ernakulam district of the Indian state Kerala.. The Jain community here is migrated from Kutch and saurashtra of Gujarat long years ago for business. The temple was built as a memorial and is now handed over to the Jain Sangh (association of jains in kerala) and is now administered by them.
This Jain temple is now nearing a century and after compleating its 100th year the temple will be known as Jain Tirth, and will carry a very prominent position among the Jain Temples in India, and Kochi will be having an important position among the Jains in India. The place is calm and quiet and the Jain community is living around the premises of the Temple there. This is the inner of the Temple, where the marbled floors are having some artwork at the center of the hall and the place where the small Jaina god's sculptures are placed has a walk way around it. Some women followers of jainism were seen there taking walks around the god's sculptures.
Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium (locally known as Kaloor International Stadium) is an international stadium in Kochi, Kerala, India. The stadium has a capacity of 50,000 spectators. The stadium was built in 1996 by the Government of Kerala with Greater Cochin Development Authority GCDA. The stadium hosts the home games of football (soccer) club Malabar United FC. Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium is the fourth largest stadium in India. It is also the third largest cricket stadium in India.
Jews came to the Kochi area as early as 700 BC because of trade. A tradition says that many Jews even settled in the area at the time of the ancient Jewish king, King Solomon. These 'black Jews' and then later 'white Jews' were so plentiful in the area, that the Hindu Raja granted them a site for their own town right next to Kochi. That town became known as "Jew Town". Even though many Jews locked to Israel, or were converted to Christianity, many Jews are still in the area. A Jewish synagogue is found in Jew Town that is definitely worth the time to explore.
The Jewish community settled mainly in and around Mattancherry, Kochi and brought with them the Jewish customs and festivals. The Passover Festival is celebrated annually to commemorate the liberation of Jews from Egyptian slavery followed by the Pentecost Festival and the feast of the Tabernacles. Then, there are their New Year celebration in September or October and Hanukka, the 'festival of lights' too.
Passover or Pesach festival is celebrated by the Jews in March or April as possibly sprung up as a Spring festival originally until it became related with the escape of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Pentecost is usually celebrated on the fiftieth day of the Passover ans was originally an Old Testament festival related to agriculture and was celebrated in order to welcome the Spring. However, in the early New Testament period, it somehow became associated with the celebration of God's creation of His people and his gracious gift of the law on Mount Sinai. Feast of Tabernacles is one of the oldest festivals of the Jews. It is known as the Feast of Ingathering in the Bible and in Hebrew, it is known as Sukkoth. Similarly, Hanukkah is the jewish Feast of Dedication.
Built as a memorial to Sheikh Fariduddin the Kanjiramattom mosque is the place where this festival is held. During the Chandanakkudam ritual at night the pilgrims carry pots covered with sandalwood paste and proceed in a procession to the mosque. You can get to see a glimpse of the six caparisoned and ornamented elephants and folk performances add color to the performance. You can see traditional Muslim art forms like Duffmuttu and Kolkali are also staged during the festival. The traditional art forms like the Oppana and Mappilappattu are also staged during the festival. These are song and dance performances which are a part of the Kanjiramattom Kodikuthu, Ernakulam.
ndia Foundation (Kalathiparambil Road, near the Ernakulam Junction railway station), The Cochin Cultural Centre (Manikath Road, behind Medical Trust Hospital) and Art Kerala (Kannanthodathu Lane, near Valanjambalam Temple) organises Kathakali performances every evening. Kathakali is a traditional danceform of Kerala and the impressive facial expressions, hand gestures and dance moves will leave one spellbound.
Kerala History Museum was the brainchild of R Madhavan Nayar, the late managing trustee of the Madhavan Nayar Foundation. He was a prominent industrialist, philanthropist and a pioneer in Sea Food Export Industry in India. He was a great art connoisseur also, which is the main reason why he got the museum built. Apart from the light and sound show, the other main attractions of the museum include a special gallery for paintings and sculptures. It mainly depicts the specimens of Indian contemporary art, ranging over a period of the last 200 years.
Constructed by 1808 by Jewish patriarch Samuel Koder of the Cochin Electric Company, this magnificent building is an example of the hybrid Indo-European style that developed in Cochin. Unique features of the Koder house are verandah seats at the entrance, interior floor tiles set in a chessboard pattern, red coloured brick like facade, a collection of wood carved furniture and a quaint wooden bridge running over Rose Lane onto a separate structure across the street are all unique to this house. This house was occupied by the family of Mr. Satu Koder, regarded as the patriarch of Cochin's ancient Jewish community. Now this three -storeyed building has been converted into a heritage boutique hotel.
M G Road is the place in Kochi to find the perfect shopping experience. Handicrafts made from coir, wood, shells, brass, ivory and sandalwood can be found on this famous stretch of road. Clothing items as well as jewelry are also common wares sold on M G Road. Food items and spices can also be found in the items that can be bought here. In fact, the entire stretch of MG Road is entirely filled with fabulous places to shop. With such quality items readily available here, why not save your Indian shopping experience for Kochi. You will not be disappointed.
A feast is held at the famous Catholic Church at Malayatoor on the Sunday after Easter to commemorate the visit of the great apostle, St. Thomas. About 52 km from Kochi, atop the hill, the church is dedicated to him and it is believed that he came to India in the first century A.D and visited Malayattoor twice. Pilgrims of all faiths visit the place chanting the name of the Apostle.
The church is set about 2000 feet high and the grand feast that is organized on this day as a part of the celebration is called the 'Perunnal'. This feast is usually organized in March or April. One can safelt say that the name of the festival is a combination of the name of the place, where it is held and the word 'feast' itself in the native language.
Mangalavanam is an ecologically sensitive area situated at the centre of the Indian city of Kochi. It is situated behind the Kerala High Court building. It is a nesting ground for a large variety of migratory birds and supports many varieties of mangroves. The Managalavanam is often regarded as the green lung of Kochi, considering its role in keeping the city's air pollution under check. The area is a roosting place for many varieties of birds both resident and migratory.
In a recent study revealed that a total of 6 species of mammals Indian Flying-fox, painted bat, three (striped palm squirrel) Dusky Palm Squirrel, house rat- Black Rat, Bandicota, and Eurasian otter . Two species of amphibians Limnonectes limnocharis and Duttaphrynus melanostictus, and seven species of fishes Anabas testudineus, Striped panchax, Orange chromide, Etroplus suratensis, Malabar swamp eel, Blackline rasbora and Sarotherodon mossambica.
Marine Drive is a picturesque promenade in Kochi, Kerala, India. It is built facing the backwaters, and is a popular hangout for the local populace. Ironic to its name, no vehicles are allowed on the walkway. Marine Drive is also an economically thriving part of the city of Kochi. With several shopping malls it is as an important centre of shopping activity in Kochi. Major fast food joints, including Marrybrown, DiMark, Barista, Coffee Bar are present along the walkway.
The view of the setting and rising sun over the sea mouth, and the gentle breeze from the Vembanad Lake has made Marine Drive an important tourist destination in Kochi.Hundreds of people (both natives, and tourists) throng the walkway during the evenings. The walkway starts from the High Court Junction and continues until the Rajendra Maidan. There are also several boat jetties along the walkway. The walkway has two contemporarily constructed bridges, the Rainbow bridge and the Chinese Fishing Net Bridge.
Mattancherry is the western part of city of Kochi, India. It is said that the name Mattanchery is drawn from "Ancherry Mattam", a Namboodiri illam which then the foreign traders pronounced it as Matt-Ancherry, gradually became Mattancherry. Its is about 9 km from Ernakulam town. There are frequent bus and boat services to Mattancherry from Ernakulam town. The boats start from Main Boat Jetty near Subash Park at Ernakulam.
Tourist attractions in Mattancherry : Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), Jain Temple, Venkatraman Temple etc.
The Mattancherry Palace, also known as the Dutch Palace, in Mattancherry, Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala features Kerala murals depicting Hindu temple art, portraits and exhibits of the Rajas of Kochi. Mattancherry Palace with its medieval charm is situated at Palace Road, Mattancherry, Kochi. It was built by the Portuguese and presented to Veera Kerala Varma (1537-65), Raja of Kochi, in 1555 AD.
The palace is a quadrangular structure built in Nalukettu style, the traditional Kerala style of architecture, with a courtyard in the middle. In the courtyard there stands a small temple dedicated to 'Pazhayannur Bhagavati', the protective goddess of the Kochi royal family. There are two more temples on either side of the Palace, one dedicated to Lord Krishna and the other to Lord Siva. Certain elements of architecture, as for example the nature of its arches and the proportion of its chambers are indicative of European influence in basic Naluketttu style.
The Dining Hall has carved wooden ornate ceiling decorated with a series of brass cups. The palace also contains rare examples of traditional Kerala flooring, which looks like polished black marble but is actually a mixture of burned coconut shells, charcoal, lime, plant juices and egg whites.
Portraits of the Rajas of Cochin, from 1864 onwards, are displayed in what was once the Coronation Hall. These were painted by local artists in western style. The ceiling of the hall is decorated with floral designs in wood craft. Amongst the other exhibits in the palace are an ivory palanquin, a howdah, royal umbrellas, ceremonial dress used by the royalty, coins, stamps and drawings.
The main deity in Muthukulangara Temple is Maha Vishnu in the form of Santhana Gopala. It is situated in Eroor. There is a legend behind the temple which makes it more special to married women who want nice babies. It is said that wife of a Brahmin at Puliyannur Illam in Thripunithura, was not lucky enough to have a live baby. Whenever she delivered, the child will die. The Brahmin prayed to Arjuna the great warrior of 'pancha-pandavas' to save his 10th child. Arjuna promised him to save the child. Even in the presence of Arjuna, the child vanished after the birth. Arjuna tried to trace the way child vanished and they both, the brahmin and Arjunan went to Vaikundam the place of Maha Vishnu.
There they saw Bhagawan and Lakshmidevi was surrounded by the ten babies of the Brahmin. Vishnu handed over an two idols and the babies to Arjuna. The place where they get down is known as Muthukulangara and arjuna placed one idol at the point they landed and later that were realised as Muthukulengara Santhanagopla Khsetram. This is one of the famous temple with daily " Thanthri Pooja".
The Harvest Festival of Kerala, is one of the most popular one too. The harvest festival is the most popular festival of Kerala. The legend behind the festival goes back to the golden reign of the great, kind and mighty demon king Mahabali. This demon won over the kingdom of gods in war and Vishnu came to their aid. Lord Vishnu then disguised himself as a small Brahmin boy, Vamanan, and asked for three steps of land. The wish was granted and Vamanan then assumed the huge size and covered the whole land with his two steps and then asked the King for the place where he could put his third step.
The king to honor his word offered his head as the third step and Vamanan pushed Mahabali into the abyss. However, he granted him a wish that he could he could visit his kingdom and people on a particular day once a year, the day which usually falls in the ten-day festivity of this harvest season. A floral carpet called "Athappookkalam" in front of houses, Carnivals, Boat Races, Dance, Music and Feast consisting of a the traditional sweet dish of Kerala 'Payasam' on plantain leaf characterize Onam.
Pallipuram Fort is in kochi in Ernakulam district of Kerala, south India. It was built by the Portuguese in 1503. It is the oldest existing European fort in India. In 1789 the Dutch captured the fort in 1661 and sold it to the State of Travancore. This fort is situated in the northern extremity of the Vypeen island.
The Catholic Church at Pallipuram is an important pilgrimage site and attracts a lot of tourists.
Pareekshith Thampuran Museum is a building that is chock full of history. Originally, the Rajas of Cochin conducted their durbars there. In fact this impressive edifice is located on the Durbar Hall grounds. At a later date it was converted to a museum that housed numerous archaeological findings and relics including murals, old coins, oil paintings, and sculptures. Today, this museum has been taken over by the Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy. It is now the home to the Gallery of Contemporary Art. The building itself is worth your time to explore, but the contemporary art that is displayed there are noteworthy as well.
Founded in 1862, this elegant colonial mansion was the office of the coffee merchants, the Pierce Leslie and Company. The structure is a blend of Portuguese, Dutch and the native building style. The mansion has arched doorways, wood panels on the roof of the ground floor, carved doors, sprawling rooms and waterfront verandahs.
Throughout history, India has been occupied by a variety of different European countries. This is especially easy to see in the city of Kochi on Princess Street. Numerous old colossal houses are located on this street with each being built in the style of home that was customary for a given European nation to build. The end result is a quaint street that portrays various different European destinations. Homes built in the Dutch, British, French, and Portuguese style are all there. Most of these homes allow visitors to see what they are like inside as well.
The Santa Cruz Basilica, a church in Kochi, Kerala built originally by the Portuguese and elevated to a Cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558. Santa Cruz Basilica, a Roman Catholic Cathedral is one of the finest and impressive churches in Kerala. It is a place of devotion as well as a center of historic significance, endowed with architectural and artistic grandeur and colours of the gothic style. Located close to St. Francis Church it is the 'capital church' of the diocese of Cochin.
The church has two lofty spires and a remarkably bright, white-washed exterior and a pastel-colored interior. The interiors of the church are mostly Gothic, with the main altar decorated by the famous Italian painter Br. Antonio Moscheni, S.J., and his disciple De Gama of Bangalore. The columns decorated with frescoes and murals, the seven large canvas paintings on the passion and death on the Cross, especially the painting of the Last Supper, modelled on the famous painting of Leonardo da Vinci and the beautiful stained glass windows add to the artistic grandeur of the place. The paintings that adorn the ceiling depict scenes from the life of Christ.
Sree Poornathrayesa temple is situated in Tripunithura, Kochi, the capital of the former Kingdom of Cochin. The temple is considered among the greatest temples in Kerala. The temple is famous for its yearly Utsavams or festivals. The main one being the Vrishchikoltsawam, which is conducted every year in the month of Vrishchikam (Nov-Dec) kicking of 'Ulsava' Season in Kerala. The deity in this temple is Lord Vishnu who is in the form of Santhanagopala Murthy. It is well believed that childless couples will be blessed with children on praying Poornathrayesan.
The structure of the temple was redesigned in 1921 by the great architect Late Sri Eachara Warrier. The first floor of the two storied gopuram consists of a mandapam (Dias), and eight beautifully carved wooden pillars support the Mandapam.
The temple is located in Chottanikkara via Thripunithura, 15km from Kochi. The presiding deity here is Durga Bhagavathy also known by various names such as Bhadrakali, Saraswati, Amman etc. The goddess is worshipped here in her three forms, one after another- as Saraswathy in the morning, Bhadrakali in the noon and Durga in the evening. There is also one more temple as a part of the complex where the deity is Bhadrakali Devi. The major festival 'Makam Thozhal' falls during Feb-March every year for a period of 9 days. This temple is famous for the healing powers, especially relating to mental illness and disorders.
St. Antony's Shrine is a Roman Catholic Latin Rite Church situated at Kaloor in Kochi, India. It was built in 1915. Holy mass with Novena is celebrated every tuesday through out the year. People gather and actievely attend the ceremonies, as a result lot of miracles and healing where witnessed irrespective of caste, creed and religion making it famous.
St. Francis CSI Church, in Kochi , earlier called Cochin, originally built in 1503, is the oldest European church in India and has great historical significance as a mute witness to the European colonial struggle in the subcontinent. The Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama, died in Kochi in 1524 when he was on his third visit to India. His body was originally buried in this church, but after fourteen years his remains were removed to Lisbon.
St George Forane Church, popularly known as Edappally church, is situated in Edappally, which is about 10 km from Cochin. This Roman Catholic Church is one of the oldest churches in Kerala built in the 594 AD. In 1080, a new church was built adjacent to the old church. The deity of this church is said to have the power of getting rid of snakes. Every year, a grand nine-day festival is celebrated here in the month of April - May. The church is also quite popular amongst the non-Christians, who also come here for veneration. On the 14th Centenary Celebrations of the Church the great saint Mother Teresa visited this place.
Organizations of the church : Darsana Samooham, Marian Sodality, Cherupushpa Mission League, Thirubalasakyam, St. Josheph's Maranananthara Sahaya Fund, St. George's Charitable Fund etc.
St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica, Ernakulam, is a Cathedral at Kochi in Kerala, India. Originally founded in 1112 AD, the Cathedral is dedicated to "Our Lady of Ports". The Cathedral was built in the early twentieth century under the direction of Mar Louis Pazheparambil; a rebuilt Cathedral was elevated to the status of a Basilica by Pope Paul VI on 20 March 1974. The church is also a prominent Marian Pilgrim Centre in India.
The Church is the headquarters of the Major Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly, which is the Episcopal See of the Syro-Malabar Church. Cardinal Vithayathil Mar Varkey is the present Major Archbishop.
One of the many historical landmarks of Fort Kochi, Thakur House was earlier known as Kunal or Hill Bungalow. It was built on the site of the sea facing Gelderland Bastion, (one of the seven bastions of the old Dutch fort) in the late 1700s. With graceful lines reflecting the leisurely lifestyle of the colonial era, it exudes a quiet grandeur. Nestled amidst neatly manicured lawns, Thakur House is isolated from the noise and bustle of the nearby Chinese Fishing Nets and Fort Kochi bus stop. Thakur House sports several trademarks of Dutch architecture, with its wooden floors, spacious rooms and large bay windows.
Sparkling crystal and earthen pottery adorn tables and shelves, and ancient glass lamps hang from the rafters. It is an art-lover's paradise, for several paintings, decorates the walls of the rooms. But, the most beautiful scenery of all lies right outside the window - the Arabian Sea stretching away to the horizon. There have been instances when it served maritime operations and military defense purposes against invaders. Hence the secret tunnels that lie beneath the house. Today, the Bungalow belongs to Ram Bahadur Thakur and Company, the renowned tea-trading firm.
Thamaramkulangara Sree Dharma Sastha Temple is one of the most prominent temple in the royal city of Tripunithura, Kerala, India. It is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa worshiped as Dharma Sastha.
Makaravilakku, the annual festival of this temple bears a unique status. It comes in the month of January every year. As per the Malayalam Era, the first day of the Makaram Month is celebrated as the Makaravilakku in the temple. Thamaramkulangara Ayyappa Seva Samithy organises the events of Makaravilakku in such a way to keep the holiness of the temple precincts.The six day long celebrations begins with the Holy Flag hoisting (Kodiyettam ) by Chief Priest ( Thantri) five days prior to the Makaravilakku day.
Apart from Makaravilakku Festival; other festival Dwaja Prathishta Dinam, Painguni Uthram, Vishu Vilakku, Karkidaka Niramala, Navarathri, Sasthaam Paattu etc.
Thrippunithura or Tripunithura is a suburb of Cochin city and a municipality in Ernakulam District in the Indian State of Kerala. It was the capital of erstwhile Kingdom of Cochin. The descendants of the Cochin royal family still live here. The Hill Palace situated near Thripunithura was the palace of Maharaja of Cochin ,the ruler of Kingdom of Cochin.
Tourist attraction : Sree Poornathrayesa Temple, Thamaramkulangara Sree Dharma Sastha Temple, Ameda Temple, Muthukulangara Santhana Gopala Sree Krishna Swami Temple, Raj Bhavan Palace, Club House etc.
The Church of Our Lady of Ransom, Vallarpadam is a famous centre of pilgrimage. People from all parts of Kerala and outside, irrespective of caste or creed go to the church to seek the blessings of Mary, the mother of Jesus, popularly known as "Vallarpadathamma". This is an ancient Christian Church which accepted Latin rite after the arrival of Portuguese. In 1524, Portuguese merchants headed by Vasco da Gama enthroned this miraculous picture of Our lady of Ransom at the shrine. The church was dedicated to the Holy Spirit, which was the first of its kind in Asia.
Vallarpadath Amma is believed to have miraculously saved her devotees several time from violent storms. The feast of Vallarpadath Amma is held every year on September 24 with much fanfare. The celebrations which last for more than a week are accompanied by an unusually big fair.
Vallarpadam is one of the islands that make up the city of Kochi, Kerala, India. It is situated in the Vembanad lake. Vallarpadam is connected by the Goshree bridges with the city of Ernakulam. The Basilica of Our Lady of Ransom at Vallarpadam is a major Catholic pilgrim centre here.
The ancient Vamanamurthy temple, dedicated to Vamana- the fifth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, is located at Thrikkakkara. The temple holds a large number of lithic records, some of great historical significance. The annual festival is held in the month of August-September.
Vasco house, located on Rose Street, is believed to be one of the oldest Portuguese houses in India. Vasco da Gama is believed to have lived here. This house features European glass paned windows and verandahs.
Veega Land is South India's largest amusement park situated 14kms from Cochin. The park includes a range of attractions including mini castles, water theme park, ferris wheel, rides, slides, shows and fountains. Kids and adults alike can enjoy the fun and activities.
Veeranpuzha is a lake in Cochin, Kerala, India. It is the northern extension of Vembanad Lake. From Kochi Azhi to Munambam Azhi, the serene backwaters popularly known in this name Veeranpuzha. (It is also known by the name Veerampuzha) Veeranpuzha is the name of Vembanad Lake at Vyppen Island. In the early 1980s there were regular ferry services from Munambam to Ernakulam.
Vembanad Lake (Vembanad Kayal or Vembanad Kol) is India's longest lake, and is the largest lake in the state of Kerala. It is also one of the largest lakes in India. The Vembanad wetland system covers an area of over 1512 km?. The port of Kochi (Cochin) is located at the lake's outlet to the Arabian Sea. In Cochin, the stretch from Kochi Azhi to Munambam Azhi, the serene backwaters are popularly known as Veeranpuzha. It is the northern extension of Vembanad Lake.
Vembanad Lake is at the heart of Kerala Backwaters tourism with hundreds of kettuvallams crisscrossing it and numerous resorts nestling on its banks. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is located on the east coast of the lake. The lake is famous for its scenic beauty and has become a major tourist attraction.
Vypin, also spelled Vypeen is one of the islands that make up the urban agglomeration of Kochi city , Kerala, India. The island which is about 27 km long was formed in the year 1341 after a heavy flood. It is known to be the island having highest density of population in the world. It is connected to mainland Kochi by a bridge from Kalamuku. There are regular boat services from Fort Kochi to Vypin Island.
Tourist attractions near this Island : Nedungad, Cherai Beach, Pallipuram Fort, Sahodaran Ayyappan Smarakam, Veeranpuzha, Cruz Milagress Church etc.
Willingdon Island is a man-made island located in Kochi, Kerala, India. The Island was created during construction of modern Kochi Port in 1936 with the soil dredged out while deepening the Vembanad Lake to accommodate the new Kochi Port. It is the home of the Port of Cochin, Port and Customs Offices, the Southern Naval Command of Indian Navy and more than two dozen export-import offices, warehouses as well as few hotels and business centers.
It is an artificial island created from It's named after Lord Willingdon, the erstwhile governor of Madras who ordered to commissioning the project. Robert Bristow, the chief protagonist and engineer for the project owned the first building on the island. Today the entire land belongs to Cochin Port Trust and Indian Navy.
- Some Other Places : Kadavanthra, Thoppumpady, Aluva (Alwaye), Vytilla Commercial Area etc.