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Kochi is popularly known as the Queen of Arabian Sea as it was the spice trading center during the 14th century. The entire territory was occupied by the Portuguese from the 1503. Kochi is by far one of the premium natural harbors in the known world today. The city derives its name from the Malayalam work Kochazhi, which when translated means small lagoon. Some attractions that the city offers for visitors and tourists in Kochi are the Backwaters or the lagoons. Some of the famous places are:
1) Backwaters – The most popular backwaters in Kerala known as Veeranpuzha is an extension of the Vembanad Lake. Not many live in this area since it lacks fresh water, but the region has large paddy fields. This region is filled with tourists who love fishing and being close to nature. A boat house is not common in this area but can be obtained. Boat houses are very common in the Alleppey backwaters. The boat house can be a relaxing experience, these are mostly modified to meet holidaying. Some modifications include lounge areas, attached baths to bedrooms and include kitchenettes.
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2) The Marine Drive in Kochi is built facing the back waters. In similarities to Pondicherry, the marine drive here does not allow vehicles. There are a lot of eating options on the walkway and the GCDA shopping complex is a popular shopping arcade. There are three present-day bridges in this area, the Rainbow bridge, the Chinese Fishing Net Bridge and the House Boat Bridge.
3) Kochi Fort was built by the Portuguese and served as protection of their commercial interests. They built their settlement behind the fort including a wooden church – Saint Francis Church, it was in this church that Vasco da Gama (The Admiral of the Sea) died in 1524. The Dutch took hold of the Fort till 1683 and then handed it over to the Indians in 1947.
4) The Hill Palace is a well-known huge archaeological museum in Kerala. It is a popular tourist destination for many people from across the country and foreign tourists as well. It is in Tripunithura and was the official residence of Cochin Maharaja. The palace was built in 1865 and has about 49 structures in an area of 54 acres of land. The complex is now a museum and has a deer park as well as a children’s park in the boundaries. The Hill Palace is opened to all except Mondays and holidays from 10 am to 5 pm. On evenings the palace gets busy and so it is best to visit early evenings to avoid the rush.
Tourist Places in Kochi | Image Resource : blogspot.com
Kerala is often referred as Gods own country and is famous for many tourist places in Kochi. The serenity that it offers, the history that the place encompasses, and the cultural depth make it a memorable place to visit. Kochi is well connected by land and air, and so it is very easy to travel and enjoy a comfortable stay here. There are also many day trip busses available to get to Kochi from major cities.