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Kochi is Situated on the West Coast of India

Oct 7, 2007
Kochi formerly known as Cochin can be described as the Queen of the Arabian Sea. It is a city in the Indian state of Kerala which is situated on the west coast of India.

A cluster of islands, Kochi is the commercial city of Kerala and is one of the finest natural harbours in the world.

Public transport in the city is largely dependent on private buses. Taxis and auto rickshaws are available for hire. Narrow roads and large types of vehicles have made traffic congestion a major problem in the city.

Mild climates overflowing with bright sunlight and coastlines attacked annually by fierce typhoons, Kochis natural environment has instilled a unique temperament in its people.

The touristy part of this city is called Fort Kochi and practically every building there is European.

Kochi boasts the first Catholic Church in India St Francis Church. Built in 1546 by the Portuguese, about a hundred years later it became Protestant with the Dutch invasion and still about a hundred years later, the arrival of the British made it Anglican. In 1949, the congregation joined the Church of South India. Next to it is the huge parade ground, formerly used for the different armies and nowadays a favourite site for the youth to exercise cricket.

Katsurahama Beach in Kochi is the most famous for moon viewing. People enjoy the beach for long talks while having food and drinks until late at night. There are also a few souvenir shops, an aquarium, a museum dedicated to Sakamoto Ryoma and his statue.

Bolgatty Palace is a Dutch palace situated on the Bolghatty Island. At present it is being used as hotel. The island has a fine golf course and the panoramic view makes it an attractive picnic spot. Frequent boat service is available from the mainland.

The Chinese fishing nets are the only ones of its kind in India. It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here. Between 1350 and 1450 AD traders from the court of Kublai Khan set up on Teak wood and bamboo poles. The best place to watch the nets being lowered into the sea and catch being brought in is the Vasco da Gama Square, a narrow promenade that runs along the beach.

The Dutch Palace was originally built by the Portuguese. In the 17th century, the Dutch modified it and presented to the Raja of Kochi. The place has a fine collection of mural paintings.
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Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Kochi Rental Site
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