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Cochin Sightseeing

Although Cochin is not one of the most famous tourist haunts of India, visitors will find that there are still enough sights to fill several days with history and culture. More importantly, the local lifestyle here is still very much laidback and offers an authenticity that you will be hard-pressed to find in other areas. Be sure to take in a couple of palaces and temples while here.

Bolghatty Palace
Today the palace functions as a hotel but it was once the home of the British Resident Representative. The Dutch created this spectacular work of architecture on the island known by the same name in 1744.

This area is home to a number of historical monuments, including the oldest synagogue in the region and the ruins of a former Jesuit college. The Hindu temple with its picturesque location overlooking the Pariyar river is a pleasant place for a quiet stroll; while the nearby mosque is a prime example of architecture from the 16thcentury.

Chinese fishing nets
Said to be the only ones of their type outside of China, these nets are interesting example of the ancient, mechanical method of capturing the local seafood at high tide. You can just head down to the beach and watch the fishermen in action.

Chottanikkara Temple
Dating back to the 10th century, this pilgrimage site still sees devotees flock to the temple seeking liberation from torment. The site’s resident goddess takes three forms daily: goddess of learning in the morning (Saraswathi), the fierce and destructive mighty one in the afternoon (Bhagavathi), and divine mother in the evening (Durga).

Coonan Kurishu Shrine
This shrine is a dedication to the 25,000 Syrian Christians who in the mid 1600s took an oath at the site never to be bound by the rulings of the Latin archbishop or the Jesuit monks.

Fort Cochin
This once impressive Portuguese fort was destroyed by the British upon their invasion of the country. The ruins of the Indo-European architecture combined with the eerie loneliness of the once busy settlement give a sense of the strong European heritage that has long since deserted the area.

Jewish Synagogue
The oldest synagogue in the area was built in the mid 1500s and is open for two hours in the morning and a further two in the afternoon each day. There are numerous exquisite features to be viewed, including scrolls from the Old Testament, intricate hand-painted Chinese tiles (of which no two are alike), and ornamental Belgian lamps. This is one of the most spectacular sights in the whole region of Kerala and is certainly worth a visit.

Mattancherry Palace
Built by the Portuguese in 1555, this palace was later presented to the gratefully accepting Rajas. Today it is known as Dutch Palace, a name that came about when Dutch settlers repaired and extended the palace. Some of its most interesting features include Ramayana murals and royal costumes on display around the palace.

This site combines the religious houses of the main secular groups that very much add to the cultural diversity and rich heritage found in this region of India. Here you will find a synagogue, an Orthodox church built by the Syrians and a Krishna temple, all featuring diverse and beautiful design features.

St Francis Church
The only Protestant church in the southern Indian region was built in 1510 by the Portuguese. It was once the burial place of the renowned traveller Vasco da Gama, whose remains were later exhumed and sent back to Portugal.

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