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A Rendezvous with Cochin
Ritco ToursPopularly known as 'Queen of the Arabian Sea', Cochin has emerged as a major commercial centre of India and the industrial capital of Kerala. Located in the west coast of Kerala, Cochin or Kochi is one of the world's finest natural harbour. It is said that the best views of Cochin are available in the evenings when the lights around the harbour and seafront start twinkling and the scene is almost like a fairy tale. Being an ancient port, many colonial powers like the Portuguese, British, Dutch and French had shown interest in Cochin. Cochin has absorbed the cultures of each of these nationalities and proudly boasts of a cosmopolitan character today.




Things You Can Do in Cochin
» Sightseeing : There are numerous sites in this ancient port city of India for its tourists. Cochin is also connected to several backwater countries of Kerala and also boasts of owning a beach to refresh the beach lovers. Besides, the city houses museum, palace, fort, bird sanctuary and lots more adding spice to its tasteful surroundings.

» Shopping : Keralites being naturally gifted artisans, among Cochin's best buy are metalware, camel-bone carvings, wood carvings, articles made of coconut shells and bamboo cane. M.G Road is Cochin's main place for shopping.

» Eating Out : Delectable restaurants serving delicious food abound in Cochin. Some of the finest multi-cuisine restaurants of the place are Four Foods, The Frontier, Kebabistan, Pandhal and Bimbis. South India dishes are very common in almost all the restaurants and eating joints.


Sightseeing in Cochin
» The St.Francis Church : The church is historically very important. It was here that Vasco Da Gama was initially buried in the year 1526. However, son Pedro Da Gama later shifted his mortal remains to Portugal. It is also the oldest existing European church in India.

» The Dutch Palace : The palace is another major tourist attraction. The main attraction of the palace is wall murals all of which have been done using the tempera process of painting. Forty-five scenes from the Ramayana adorn the walls of this palace.

» The Parishath Thampuram Museum : The museum has a very impressive collection of nineteenth century old coins, sculptures, Mughal paintings,temple models and oil paintings.

» Fort Cochin : Fort Cochin leaves a strong legacy of the Europeans. The massive buttresses were put up by the British to protect against possible attacks by European rival powers.

Ritco Tours» Cherai Beach : The lovely Cherai beach bordering Vypeen Island is ideal for swimming and spotting dolphins. A typical Kerala village with paddy fields and coconut groves nearby further adds to the beauty of the place.

» Willingdon Island : Named after British viceroy Lord Willingdon, this is a man-made island surrounded by beautiful backwaters. The mesmerizing beauty of this island has to be seen to be believed. The island also houses city's best hotels, customs and trading centres, and the headquarters of the Southern Naval Command.

» Jewish Synagogue : Built in the year 1568, the synagogue has been magnificently decorated with the use of Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers. Giant scrolls of the Old Testament are another attraction of the place. The synagogue is located near the Dutch Palace.

» Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary : Though difficult to believe, this bird sanctuary is located right in the heart of the city. Many exotic and rare varieties of birds have been housed here. There are also some migratory bird species.


Excursions from Cochin
There are many exciting weekend getaways from Cochin. Thattekkadu is a popular bird sanctuary while Bhoothathankettu is known for its vast virgin forests. Chendamangalam and Kodanad are appreciated for their scenic beauty. Kaladi, the birthplace of Adi Sankaracharya is a pilgrimage destination located some 10 kms away.


Most Ideal Time To Visit
Being a coastal area, the climate of Cochin is moderate and pleasant. Cochin also receives a lot of rainfall. South -West monsoon brings heavy showers during the July-September period. The North East monsoon also brings some light rain during the October-December period. In summers, temperature could be expected to reach a high of 35 degrees. The winter months from December to February are cool with temperatures around 25 degrees mark. Cochin can be visited anytime during the year. However, the heavy monsoon months could be avoided.


Getting There
» By Air : Cochin figures prominently in the air map of India. It is India's recent and one of the best international airports, with the state-of-the-art terminals and all modern passenger amenities. On the international circuit Cochin is directly linked to Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Kuwait, Muscat, Dahran, Male, Bahrain, Doha, Singapore and Colombo. The Airlines operating to the city are Air India, Indian Airlines, Air Maldives and Sri Lankan Airlines. Indian Airlines and Jet Airways connect Cochin to major destinations of India which includes Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Coimbatore, Goa, Kozhikode, Tiruchirappali, Thiruvananthapuram and Agatti (Lakshdweep Islands). Cochin International Airport is located beside National Highway 47. The distance from downtown Cochin is 30 kms. Pre-paid and shared taxi services are available from the airport round the clock.

» By Trains : Cochin is well connected to all main destinations in India by a very good train network. This city of Kerala has three main railway stations - Ernakulam Junction (South), Ernakulam Town (North) and Harbour Terminus on Willington Island. Ernakulam Junction is the main rail access point with services from most regions of India.The two main stations are located two kms apart.

» By Road : Cochin is well served by a network of national and state highways connecting it to all major centres of the area. National highway 47 connects Cochin with other parts of Kerala and nearby states. NH-17 and NH-49 originate from Cochin and connect the place to Mumbai and Madurai. Bus services of Kerala State Road Transport Corporation, State Express Transport Corporation of Tamil Nadu and Karantaka State Road Transport Corporation connect the city with many centres of South India. In addition, there are several private deluxe coaches operated by private operators, which run regularly in this region. The Central Bus Station in Kochi is located in Ernakulam, about 0.5 km from the railway station and as far from the main artery M G Road.


Anchoring in Cochin
Ritco ToursCochin is dotted with antique buildings with dutch style architecture. Cochin has three main parts - Ernakulam, Willingdon Island and Fort Cochin. The three areas are connected by road bridges. However, ferry services connecting the three areas are more preferred by the locals. The public transportation system is also good. Taxis and autos are easily available at the mainland and also on the islands. However, the prices have to be negotiated before availing the services. A vague idea of the rates from the locals can be a great help.

Policing in the city is good and people are friendly. The localites may not be fluent English or Hindi speaking people but with time and tourists, exchange of information is no more a problem.

For a great trip to Cochin, we have exciting tour packages designed for you. Our services are known to be the most competitive and customer friendly. Apart from having a fleet of luxury cabs, we also have collaboration with the finest hotels of the area.


Accommodation
Cochin has many hotels in the star category. Mid range hotels are also available in good numbers. Yatri nivas, tourist lodges and hostels provide a convenient and cheap base.






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