OF INTEREST IN AND AROUND KOCHI Kochi (Kochi) is palm-green commercial town of
Kerala and the city consist of the mainland Ernakulam, Willingdon Island, Mattancherry,
Fort Cochin, Vypeen Island and Bolghatty Island. Ernakulam is the modern city where
shopping market, basaar etc are located. From time immemorial, Arab, Chinese, Dutch and
British and Portuguese seafarers followed the sea route to Kochi and left their impression
on the town. The Chinese fishing nets swaying in the breeze over backwaters, the Jewish
Synagogue, Dutch Palace, Portuguese architecture, Boghatty Palace in Kochi enrich the
heritage of Kerala.
WHAT TO SEE
MATTANCHERRY PALACE: It is also known as Dutch Palace, built the Portuguese and
presented to the Raja of Kochi in 1555 AD. It acquired the present name after 1663 when
the Dutch carried out extensions and repairs in the palace. AT no time did the Portuguese
or Dutch stay here. Its interiors are decorated with murals from the Ramayana and there
are some lively displays of royal costumes and palanquins. Timings. 1000 hrs to 17.00 hrs.
Closed on Fridays and national holidays.
Jewish Synagogue: in Mattancherry Synagogue is built in 1568 AD. The Great
Scrolls of the Old Testment, the copper plates in which the grants of privilege made by
the Cochin rulers were recorded and the exquisite Chinese hand-painted tiles are of
interest Timing: 1000 hrs to 1200 hrs and 1500 hrs to 1700 hrs. Closed on Sundays and
ST. Francis Church: Fort Kochi The Protestant church was originally built by the
Portuguese in 1510 AD and is believed to be the oldest church built by the Europeans in
India. It is here the remains of the inveterate traveller, Vasco da Gamma were initially
buried and 14 years later, his mortal remains were taken to Portugal.
Sant Cruz Baslica Church: For Kochi The Roman Catholic Church situated close to
St. Francis Church and is worth visiting. Some beautiful paintings can be seen here.
Chinese Fishing Nets: Fort Kochi The Chinese Fishing net that line the sea-front
and exhibit a mechanical method of catching fish by local fishermen in Fort Kochi. Said to
have been brought from China by traders of Kubalai Khan's Court, they are used at high
Bolghatty Palace: Bolghatty Palace is situated in Boghatty Island a narrow
palmfringed Island easily accessible from the. mainland. The Palace was built by the Dutch
in 1744. Later, it became the seat of the British Resident and today this has been
converted into a hotel run by KTDC.
Willingdon Island: A man-made island created from the material dredged while
deeping Kochin Port. Situated between the main land Ernakulam and the old town
Mattancherry and separated by the backwaters. Willingdon Island is an important part of
Kochin. The Government of India Tourist Office, the Southern Naval Command Headquarters,
the Seaport, Naval Airport, Railway terminus, Customs House, Cochin Port Office etc are
all located in this island.
MUSEUMS & ART GALLERIES
HILL PALACE MUSEUM Tripunithura-62301 Tel.: 781113.Hill Palace Museum is
situated 12 km away from Eranakulam on the Eranakulam Chotanikkara route. Different types
of sculptures, collection of rare coins, old weapons, manuscripts in ancient lipis and
collection from Cochin Royal Family are exhibited here. Horse riding facility is also
available. The Parishith Thampuran Museum situated at the Durbar Hall Ground together with
its collection were transferred to Hill Palace Museum in 1997.
Timings: 9.00 hrs to 12.30 hrs. and 14.00 hrs to 16.30 hrs.Closed on Monday and
National holidays. Admission: Rs. 10/- per adult & Rs. 5/- per Child. Camera Rs. 20/-
Video Camera Rs. 1000/- for photography.
Museum of Kerala History
Edappalli, Kochi - 682024 Tel.: 558296Situated at Edappally 10 km on the National
Highway from Eranakulam on the Alwaye route. Presents on hour light and sound spectacles
of life-size scuptures in concrete, of the makers of Kerala history, together with the
background music and commentary with glimpses of the vastness and diversity of Kerala's
history over the centuries.Timings
adult , Rs.75/-College students, Rs.30/- for children's up to Plus
M.N.F. GALLERY OF PAINTINGS & SCULPTURES:
Edappally, Kochi-682 024.The centre for Visual Arts and Gallery Paintings &
Sculptures is situated at Edappally about 10km from Ernakulam and located next to Museum
of Kerala History. It houses about two hundred original paintings of recognised Indian
masters, both contemporary and of the past. There is also a large collection of modern
sculptures in marbles, bronze, granite etc.Timings: 10.00 hrs. to 17.00
CHITRAM ART GARLLERY: Opposite Air India, M.G.Road, Eranakulam Exhibit regularly
collection of paintings.Kochi - 16 Tel.: 351295. only reasonable way to get around. Mostly
available, accommodautos generally charge 50% over the meter. They may charge ext