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Kochi has been the harbour that received mariners from all over the world. In fact, sailors from China, Portugal, Arabia, Britain, and Holland set their foot on Indian soil in Kochi, which contributed in one or the other in shaping what Kochi is today.
PLACES TO VISIT IN KOCHI
St. Francis Church: Built in 1503, this Anglican Church is an exemplary evidence of the European colonial struggle in India. The church contains the tombstone of Vasco-da-Gama and it has been the architectural model for numerous churches in India.
Dutch Palace: This palace is a unique blend of the oriental and the occidental architectural patterns. It is famous for the mural paintings in it. There are three temples inside the palace, devoted to Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva, and Pazhayannur Bhagavati- the protective deity of the royal family of Kochi.
Pareekshith Thampuran Museum: Hill Museum is an important part of sightseeing in Kochi and Pareekshith Thampuran Museum is a part of this hill museum. This archaeological museum is situated inside the Hill Museum and is more popularly known as the Durbar Hall in Kochi. It covers a large area and is a busy tourist spot in Kochi. But apart from that, the museum has historical and archaeological significance as well.
Pallipuram Fort: Pallipuram Fort was erected by the Portuguese in 1503, making it one of the oldest European forts of India which houses a rich cultural heritage. It is situated in the extreme northern part of the Vypeen Islands and heralds a glorious past within the territory of Kochi.
Santa Cruz Basilica: The name Santa Cruz Basilica bears a special significance for the Christians residing in the south-western peninsular city of Kochi, as it celebrated the dawn of Christianity in the enigmatic land of India. Legend has it that the Santa Cruz Basilica has been stoutly standing its ground for a mammoth 500 years, which is a spectacular feat in itself. Although the Santa Cruz Basilica suffered ugly bruises from British invaders in the year 1795, it still continues to dazzle the on-lookers with its indelible charm and unparallelled charisma.
Bolgatty Island: Bolgatty Island of Kochi is a small island, which is just a boat ride away from Kochi harbour mouth. The small journey amidst the cool breeze is very interesting.
Gundu Island: Gundu Island of Kochi is accessible through boat only from the Vypeen Island, which is situated nearby. The serene nature and the cool breeze blowing across the waters makes this island a favourite among tourists, who visit it for picnics or small excursions.